While accepting a sobriety award, the singer got real about her six-year journey with addiction.

By Renee Cherry
September 12, 2017
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Demi Lovato is nearing six years sober, but her journey to this point had a rocky start. The singer was recently awarded the Spirit of Sobriety award at the Brent Shapiro Foundation's Summer Spectacular event and opened up about her journey in her acceptance speech.

"I was first introduced to the Shapiro Foundation six years ago when [Lovato's mental health and personal development coach] Mike Bayer brought me here," she said in the speech. "It was a very challenging time in my life. I sat at one of these tables, struggling to stay sober, but I'm proud to say that I stand here tonight five and a half years sober. I'm more empowered and in control than I ever have been."

"Every day is a battle," Lovato told People at the event. "You just have to take it one day at a time. Some days are easier than others and some days you forget about drinking and using. But for me, I work on my physical health, which is important, but my mental health as well."

Lovato went on to explain that her recovery today includes seeing a therapist twice a week, staying on her medications, going to AA meetings, and making hitting the gym a priority.

Throughout her career, Lovato has generously chosen not to keep her health struggles private in order to help others who might be struggling. She's been open about her experiences with bipolar disorder and an eating disorder, using her personal story to illustrate the importance of mental health resources. She's taken time for herself for a stint in rehab and a mental break from the spotlight and has been honest about her reasons both times. In March, she shared that she hit her five-year sobriety mark, noting that she faced ups and downs along the way.

Lovato went from barely being able to sit through an event to being honored at the same one, proving just how possible it is to make positive changes and turn your life around. Hopefully her story inspires people who are in a similar place to start their road to recovery.