Demi Lovato celebrated five years of sobriety today. The singer took to Instagram to share her journey to being sober and thanked her fans for their support along the way. "So grateful. It's been quite the journey. So many ups and downs," she captioned on Instagram. "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."The 24-year-old has had a long, public battle with substance abuse and mental illness. Back in 2013, she revealed to Access Hollywood that her drug addiction got so out of control that she couldn't go even 30 minutes without cocaine. "Something I’ve never talked about before, but with my drug use I could hide it to where I would sneak drugs. I couldn’t go without 30 minutes to an hour without cocaine and I would bring it on airplanes,” she said. “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. That’s how difficult it got 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.”
In 2015, Demi revealed that she was in a "great place" after dealing with her addiction to drugs and alcohol as well as bipolar and eating disorder. ""I wish that more people could understand from a point where it's not a choice to have an addiction."
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