Demi Lovato Reflects On Recovery, "Mistakes" On Would-Be 7th Sober Anniversary

By Beth Leipholtz 03/19/19
“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 said.
Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato is making the most of her journey in recovery, and chose to celebrate rather than mourn what would have been her seven-year sober anniversary. 

Us Weekly reports that Friday (March 15) marked what would have been that milestone for the singer and actress, if not for her frightening overdose last July that landed her in the hospital. 

“Today I would’ve had 7 years sober,” Lovato shared on her Instagram story. “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.”

“Grateful that AA/NA never shuts the door on you no matter how many times you have to start over,” she added. “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.”

“If you’re alive today, you can make it back,” Lovato concluded. “You’re worth it.”

Fans of Lovato appreciated the message and took the time to let Lovato know.

“I‘m so proud of you,” one Twitter user wrote. “You have all my respect and I look up to you in every way possible.Thank you for giving us strength and showing us that it‘s ok to ask for help. You are the living proof that recovery is possible and that you can come back stronger than ever.”

On January 25, Lovato shared that she was celebrating six months of sobriety after her hospitalization and treatment since the summer. 

“Demi is doing great and is in a much healthier place,” someone close to Lovato told Us Weekly at the time of the celebration. “She is learning how to take care of herself better and put her needs first.”

Since treatment, Us Weekly reports, Lovato has been putting effort into self-care. On March 7, after a breakup, she sent herself flowers and shared what the card read on her Instagram story.  

“You’re beautiful, you’re loved, and you’re worthy of a happy and healthy life,” she wrote. 

Lovato has been vocal about her recovery journey from substance use disorder and an eating disorder. Two years ago, on her five-year sober anniversary, Lovato shared another message on Instagram. 

“So grateful. It’s been quite the journey. So many ups and downs,” she wrote at the time.

“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.”

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Beth is a Minnesota girl who got sober at age 20. By day she is a website designer, and in her spare time she enjoys writing about recovery at, doing graphic design and spending time with her boyfriend and three dogs. Find Beth on LinkedInInstagram and Twitter.