Demi Lovato thanks God for changing her life
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On her fifth anniversary of sobriety, singer/songwriter Demi Lovato posted a message thanking God for breaking the curse of addiction from her life.
Demi Lovato thanks the Lord for freeing her from drug and alcohol addiction.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The star took to Instagram to post her Twelve Steps progress, which stated she has been sober for five years, broken into 60 months, 1,827 days or 43,813 hours.
She wrote: "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."
Lovato has opened up about her struggle with addiction on several occasions before but it wasn't until she turned to Christ that she was free.
In 2013, she told E! News she would hide and sneak drugs.
"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."
At the time, she looked back to her Disney stardom and thought it was more difficult to deal with addiction when she attempted to hide it.
"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.
"...I was going to the airport and I had a Sprite bottle just filled with vodka and it was just 9 in the morning and 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...I had all the help in the world, but I didn't want it.
Until she turned 19-years-old.
"When I hit that moment I was like, it's not longer fun when you're doing it alone...I think at 19 years old, I had a moment where I was like, 'Oh my God...that is alcoholic behavior. [It's] no longer, I'm young and rebellious and out having fun, it was, wow, I'm one of those people...I gotta get my **** together."
So she did.
She turned to God, confessed her struggles - which included a severe eating disorder and depression - and clawed her way to sobriety.
Following a year of clean living, she released the book "Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year," which has received rave reviews.
She has always credited God for her sobriety and in 2013 told Cosmopolitan magazine: "I'm not super religious, but I grew up Christian and I believe in God. When I'm in L.A., I don't talk about it that much because people are very judgmental, but I just feel like God gave me a voice, not just to sing with.
"He put me through those things, which seemed horrible at the time, but they were so worth it. With the obstacles I've overcome, I can help people."
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