ByMeghann Elisa, writer at
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Meghann Elisa

The last 12 months have been quite the roller coaster ride for Demi Lovato. Alongside all of the excitement around the release of her fourth album, 'Confident,' Demi has also experienced a lot of heartache. Back in January, she shared an inspiring tribute on Instagram to her two dogs, grandpa, uncle, and close friend who all passed away last year.

Once upon a time, the former Disney star may have turned to drugs, alcohol, or self-harm as coping mechanisms, but on Tuesday, she took to Twitter to celebrate four years of sobriety.

But she did more than simply "make it through." Demi has been consistently vocal about her struggles and used her fame as a platform for raising awareness about mental illness and eating disorders, inspiring people all over the world to accept themselves for who they really are. Her success has shown that even if you don't think you can recover, you absolutely can. She shared this notion with her Twitter followers on Saturday:

And it really is. Demi has completely turned her life around since she hit rock bottom when she was just 19 years old. She told Access Hollywood back in 2013:

"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.
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. When I hit that moment I was like, it’s no longer fun."

Her confidence has also skyrocketed in recent years, and last August saw her first underwear shoot for the cover of Cosmo magazine.

She told E! News:

"It took so much for me to get a place where I would feel comfortable enough to do [a photo shoot in my underwear]. If anything, it's showing all of my fans who know my story and my journey that I've gone from hating every inch of my body to doing a photo shoot in my underwear in front of the entire world. That's more of statement to me than just looking sexy on a magazine cover."

Demi also spoke of her improved body image to Allure magazine in January:

"Once I started feeling better about myself, I felt better about showing more skin. I have insecurities about my arms, so to wear a tank top on stage is extremely liberating for me, and uncomfortable sometimes. It's also a statement, like, 'Hey, watch out. You're no longer getting the insecure Demi that you've been getting for the past couple of years. I mean business now.'"

Demi's inspiring recovery is thanks in part to her long-term boyfriend, That '70s Show's Wilmer Valderrama.

She asserted his support to The Huffington Post:

"He never takes credit for my sobriety, but I guarantee I wouldn't be alive without him today."

It really is great to see Demi back on top and celebrating her achievements. She will be heading out on the Future Now tour with old friend Nick Jonas this June, and you can watch her breathtaking video for "Stone Cold" below:

Have you been inspired by Demi's recovery?

Sources: Access Hollywood, E! News, The Huffington Post


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