Five years ago, teen icon Demi Lovato made the courageous decision to begin treatment for addiction and entered rehab.
1,827 days later, Lovato remains sober. To celebrate the milestone, she posted on Instagram to share how proud and appreciative she is.
"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," the 24-year-old singer wrote. "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."
That's not the only way Lovato has celebrated her major achievement: At the 2017 Kid's Choice Awards on Saturday, the singer told Entertainment Tonight about her excitement over reaching her "sober birthday," saying, "It feels amazing. All I've been doing is focusing on bettering myself. It's been quite the journey, but it's well worth it."
She also told ET that "the most important thing I did for myself was surrender." She continued, "Surrendering is the most important thing whenever you're trying to battle your demons. You have to admit that you have a problem first, and then you can overcome them."
Back in 2013, the star revealed to Access Hollywood the dangerous extent of her drug addiction, saying, "I couldn't go without 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."
"I think at 19 years old, I had a moment where I was like, 'Oh my God… that is alcoholic behavior," Lovato continued. "[It was] no longer, 'I'm young and rebellious and out having fun,' it was, 'Wow, I'm one of those people...'"
Following that realization, the teen singer left the 2010 Jonas Brothers world tour to enter treatment for "mental and physical issues."
And that realization changed her entire life. Since her completion of the inpatient rehab program, Lovato has been very open about her struggles with addiction, an eating disorder, and mental illness, and has made a point of working to help other people struggling with similar conditions. Just a few weeks ago, Lovato released a short documentary she produced that features the moving personal stories of three people living with mental health conditions.
Talk about a role model, right?
Congrats, Demi! Keep on keeping on!