“Today I would’ve had 7 years sober,” the singer wrote. In July 2018, news broke Lovato had suffered from an apparent overdose. The next month, she announced she was taking a step back from social media to heal and focus on her recovery. Lovato returned to Instagram in November 2018 with an important message about voting in the midterm elections, and in January 2019 she celebrated six months of sobriety.
“I don’t regret going out because I needed to make those mistakes but I must never forget that’s exactly what they were: mistakes,” Lovato continued on Instagram this afternoon, in reference to what happened over the summer. “Grateful that AA/NA never shuts the door on you no matter how many times you have to start your time over. I didn’t lose 6 years; I’ll always have that experience but now I just get to add to that time with a new journey and time count.”
She ended her Instagram Story with a message for people who are also struggling with addiction. “If you’ve relapsed and are afraid to get help again, just know it’s possible to take that step towards recovery,” she wrote. “If you’re alive today, you can make it back. You’re worth it.”
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The speculation surrounding Lovato’s relapse has been nonstop. In December 2018, she attempted to shut down the chatter by tweeting (and later deleting), “Someday I’ll tell the world what exactly happened, why it happened, and what my life is like today…but until I’m ready to share that with people, please stop prying and making up shit that you know nothing about. I still need space and time to heal.”