Actress and singer Demi Lovato has now been sober for six months following her overdose last July 2018.
For her and her family, this is cause for celebration.
And they definitely didn't let the day go by without recognition!
6 months. ✊ keep going @ddlovato https://t.co/0B756c8d9D— Ryan Hampton (@Ryan Hampton) 1548543651.0
Fans sounded off in support of Lovato on Twitter, congratulating her on her progress:
@PopCrave @ddlovato https://t.co/M7bfID77pk— victor (@victor) 1548481887.0
@PopCrave @ddlovato omg this warms my heart! i love her sm ❤️😪— 💧jesse💧 (@💧jesse💧) 1548487299.0
@people That's awesome! Way to go, Demi. #sobriety— Mandi White (@Mandi White) 1548520434.0
@RyanForRecovery @ddlovato Dang. Already? Time flies. Go gurl!!!!— Christopher Dickie (@Christopher Dickie) 1548543872.0
Demi's team also celebrated by surprising her with a Susiecakes funfetti cake, which included a very special card:
"HAPPY 6 MO WE ARE SO F***ING PROUD Of YOU"
Demi Lovato is celebrating 6 months of sobriety in the best way possible. ❤️ https://t.co/r4xMIhPPhJ https://t.co/wJx7ZRPHLN— E! News (@E! News) 1548475232.0
Demi's fans were endlessly proud of her, and definitely wanted a piece of that cake if there was any left over...
@enews Also @SusieCakes is actual heaven on earth so another good move by @ddlovato 🍰— Gabby Gonta (@Gabby Gonta) 1548485852.0
@people Congrats, Demi! I’ve read one of your books! I used it as a devotional book! My quiet time with God! Why… https://t.co/RATTvRjNHe— Vicky Anger (@Vicky Anger) 1548520904.0
@people Way to go Demi! I am super proud of you! Keep being strong my friend! Love you from Arkansas!— joywat224469 (@joywat224469) 1548562458.0
Lovato also posted a picture of her six-month sobriety chip on Instagram. Sobriety is a major commitment, but the singer is taking it incredibly seriously.
@enews Im so proud of Demi!!— Dylan19 (@Dylan19) 1548480075.0
@enews SHE WILL BE SO HAPPY WITHOUT IT, GOD WILL BLESS HER,— JUDY BROWN (@JUDY BROWN) 1548517152.0
@1027KIISFM @ddlovato Proud of @ddlovato I know she can do it. Love you🙏💟— 💔 (@💔) 1548546113.0
Fans found Lovato's story heartwarming in the best possible way.
@ADemiBook Thank you, i truly need this today 💗— sasa (@sasa) 1548512777.0
To remind herself of the pride of being six months sober, Lovato even treated herself to a new tattoo.
we 🖤 a 6 month sober reminder @ddlovato #demisnewtattoo https://t.co/GKoHeQJm9B— ★ 🎀 𝓃𝒾𝒸💗𝓁𝑒 🎀 ★ (@★ 🎀 𝓃𝒾𝒸💗𝓁𝑒 🎀 ★) 1548562347.0
Prior to last July, Lovato revealed in her song "Sober," that she had broken her previous six years of sobriety. In the song, she asked her parents to forgive her. A month later, she was taken to the hospital, reportedly for an overdose of Heroin and methamphetamines.
Now, however, the star is working towards sobriety once again, and her fans couldn't be prouder.
@PopCrave @ddlovato MY QUEEN. I'M SO PROUD OF HER. https://t.co/aH6lahDmi1— WELCOME BACK DEMI (@WELCOME BACK DEMI) 1548482380.0
Well done, Demi! She's kicking addiction's a**.
@PopCrave @ddlovato Queen of sobriety— taylor stan 🐍 (@taylor stan 🐍) 1548481872.0
Millions of people struggle with self-harm every single day. Their reasons are as varied and unique as they are. it's a dangerous tendency that people absolutely can overcome, but it requires a lot of work and support. Having said that, the self-harming person has to be willing to accept that help.
What do you do when you catch a loved one hurting themselves but they refuse to acknowledge it?
That's the position one Reddit found himself in when he posted asking for advice:
My girlfriend Lacy and I have been dating 2 years. She's a lovely person and we make a great couple.
Two weeks ago Lacy and I went downhill skiing. I'm an experienced skier and she had only been once before. I admit I pushed her abilities and lo and behold, she wiped out pretty hard. She wasn't seriously hurt or anything and got right back up with a smile on her face.
Her legs got pretty bruised up from the fall (she was wearing only thin workout leggings since it was quite warm out). It looks like someone splashed green paint on her, if that makes sense. And she has a particularly nasty big purple one on her thigh.
Lacy has always been the type to show off injuries. For as long as I've known her she has always showed me even the tiniest of bruises either for sympathy or attention (like she would say it was shaped as Texas or something). She has some body image issues and I know that she really likes the attention so I will usually give it to her no problem.
Yesterday though I came home from work early (power went out at my building). I walked in pretty quietly as I usually do and went straight to our bedroom. I could hear music coming from it and wanted to greet her.
I basically opened the door and saw her with a hammer in her hands mid hit. The hammer hit her bruised leg the moment I walked in. It was absolutely surreal and I admit - I freaked out a bit. I went to her and took the hammer and started asking her what she was doing?
She freaked out right back and told me that she was rubbing the blood vessels or something to make the bruises go away faster. I knew this was bullshit right away since you don't "rub" by smacking yourself with a fricken hammer.
She left after I told her I didn't believe her and texted me shortly after to say she was going home for a few days.
I sat down on the bed with that hammer in my hands for like an hour completely floored. I know it sounds crazy but she hit herself hard. I've seen those bruises every day and now that I've seen her do this I am thinking that it was weird that they haven't gotten even the slightest bit lighter despite it being two weeks now.
I know she has some issues but I would never have thought she would hurt herself.
Reddit, I'm freaked out. She will be back tomorrow. How do I talk to her about this?
Users were surprisingly open with their responses. People gave advice and even shared stories of their own self-harming experiences. If that sort of thing is difficult or triggering for you to read, you may want to move on to another article. For the rest of you, here are some of the top responses. Some have been edited for content or clarity.