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Demi Lovato celebrates four years of sobriety

By Marilyn Malara   |   March 16, 2016 at 7:45 AM
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LOS ANGELES, March 16 (UPI) -- Demi Lovato shared her pride over being four years sober from drugs and alcohol on social media this week.

The "Confident" singer, having entered rehab in 2012, took to Twitter to celebrate the special milestone.

"This last year I experienced so much life and too much death... But I made it through... Sober. #4Years #GodsWill," Lovato wrote Tuesday, most likely referring to the death of two pet dogs, one reportedly killed by a coyote.

Lovato has used her position as a person diagnosed with bipolar depression to empower others who may have similar experiences. She has appeared on several news programs to discuss her experience and even visited Capitol Hill to advocate for mental health reform in the country.

"I think that the more that you're vocal for yourself, and for others, the more that people can help you," she advised to those experiencing mental health problems during an interview in October. "That's why it's so important that you speak up."

As a result of her consistent advocacy, GLAAD has announced it will honor the "Cool For The Summer" singer with a Vanguard Award during its 27th annual award ceremony in April.

"Demi Lovato has consistently used her platform as a successful artist to send messages of acceptance and support to LGBT people everywhere," GLAAD President and Chief Executive Officer Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. "She is an extraordinary ally who is committed to helping young people embrace who they are and live the lives they love."

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