After three months of treatment in a rehabilitation center following a recent relapse, Demi Lovato is on the road to recovery and has celebrated 90 days in sobriety.
The singer and actress suffered from an overdose in July of this year, and subsequently attended treatment to address her relapse. Lovato had previously been sober for six years, and had taken to her music to reveal she was no longer sober in a ballad that was released shortly before her July overdose.
“I’m so sorry, I’m not sober anymore,” sang Lovato, now 26 years old.
Growing up in the spotlight, Lovato got her start in Hollywood as an actress on Barney & Friends, alongside fellow future-entertainer Selena Gomez. As she rose to fame, Lovato struggled behind the scenes with an eating disorder and self-mutilation, before finally attending rehab in 2010.
In a post that has since been deleted, Lovato took to Instagram to talk about her overdose, writing, “I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction. What I’ve Learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something that I must continue to overcome and have not done yet.”
Lovato was positive and grateful toward her family, friends, and fans in that message. Her determination to succeed in her sobriety was apparent. The message remained her most current update until it was recently deleted.
Her treatment now completed, Lovato emerged on social media to showcase a photo of herself at the polls, encouraging others to use their voice and vote in 2018 primary elections.
While she was in treatment, both Lovato’s mother and sister spoke out about her progress and her courage.
“I just feel like the reason she is alive today is because of the millions and millions of prayers that went up that day when everybody found out what was happening,” said Lovato’s mother, Dianna de la Garza.
Sister Madison de la Garza told the podcast Millennial Hollywood that, “Demi’s doing really well. She’s working really hard on her sobriety and we’re all so incredibly proud of her.”
This positive news for Lovato’s health comes after a harrowing 10 days spent in the hospital following her overdose. Her large community of fans continues to rally around the actress, with dozens of supportive comments left on her latest post, which addresses the fact that she is “happy to be home.”
Reaching the 90-day milestone in sobriety is a huge achievement for anyone that is recovering from addiction. The first three months are often referred to as the most critical, and because this period of sobriety is so fragile, it is important that the recovering individual sticks to a routine and continues to make their sobriety a priority even after treatment has finished.
For some, this can include attending an intensive outpatient program after their initial inpatient stay, or transitioning to a sober living facility. Intensive outpatient programs, or IOPs, are designed to assimilate the recovering individual back into “normal” life, offering continued therapies and a secure, stable environment in which they can continue their progress.
The 90-day milestone is also significant for the recovering individual’s health. After completing detox, the body begins to restore itself. These physical changes, though, can only be encouraged by maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes good diet, exercise, and management of mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
No matter the individual’s path, the 90-day milestone in sobriety is one to be celebrated—a reminder that recovery is possible with resilience and the proper treatment, support, and commitment.
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