Demi Lovato marks five years of sobriety with heartfelt post

She did it.

On Wednesday, Demi Lovato celebrated five years of sobriety, taking to Instagram to acknowledge how far she’s come and thank the people who made going the distance possible.

“So grateful,” the singer-songwriter captioned a screenshot taken from her 12 Steps AA Companion app, which tracks how long users have been sober, logging time in years, months, days and hours.

“It’s been quite the journey,” she continued. “So many ups and downs. So many times I wanted to relapse but sat on my hands and begged God to relieve the obsession. I'm so proud of myself but I couldn't have done it without my higher power (God), my family, friends, and everyone else who supported me. Feeling humbled and joyful today. Thank you guys for sticking by my side and believing in me."

Lovato has previously opened up about her struggle with substance abuse, telling Access Hollywood in 2013: "I couldn't go 30 minutes to an hour without cocaine and I would bring it on airplanes. I would smuggle it basically and just wait until everyone in first class would go to sleep and I would do it right there. I'd sneak to the bathroom and I'd do it. ... And that was even with somebody (with me), I had a sober companion, somebody who was watching me 24/7 and living with me (and) I was able to hide it from them as well."

The former Disney star said she realized she had reached her bottom when she arrived at an airport at 9 a.m. with a soda bottle filled with vodka. "I was throwing up in the car and this was just to get on a plane to go back to L.A. to the sober living house that I was staying at," she said. "I had all the help in the world, but I didn't want it. When I hit that moment I was like, it's no longer fun when you're doing it alone."

See Lovato's full Instagram post below.

"So grateful. It's been quite the journey. So many ups and downs. So many times I wanted to relapse but sat on my hands and begged God to relieve the obsession. I'm so proud of myself but I couldn't have done it without my higher power (God), my family, friends, and everyone else who supported me. Feeling humbled and joyful today. Thank you guys for sticking by my side and believing in me."

(© 2017 USA TODAY)


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