AceShowbiz - Pop star Sia Furler has shared a note of encouragement while celebrating eight years of sobriety.
The "Chandelier" hitmaker took to Twitter on Tuesday, September 11 to mark the poignant anniversary with a brief but touching message.
"Eight years sober today," she wrote. "I love you, keep going. You can do it."
I love you, keep going.— sia (@Sia) September 12, 2018
Sia is known for guarding her privacy, but she has made an exception when it comes to her history of substance abuse, admitting her personal troubles were fuelled by her rise to fame in 2005 and the jet-setting lifestyle that followed.
"When you're in a different place every day, there's this kind of madness that sets in," the singer/songwriter told The New York Times in 2014.
"It's easy to get away with getting high, because everybody's drinking on the road. None of my friends thought I was an alcoholic, and neither did I."
Sia also became hooked on prescription painkillers, and after struggling with suicidal thoughts in 2010, she knew it was time to seek professional help. She has been clean ever since.
The musician's sobriety post comes four days after the music world was rocked by the death of rapper Mac Miller, who had also struggled with drug issues prior to his passing on Friday, September 07, aged 26.
His loss has prompted a number of celebrities, including French Montana and J. Cole, to urge others suffering from depression or substance abuse to reach out to friends and family before it's too late, a sentiment echoed by Macklemore in his lengthy Instagram tribute to Miller over the weekend.
Remembering the late rapper as "such a genuine person" and "a true artist," he revealed Miller had been a close confidante when the "Thrift Shop" hitmaker was haunted by his drug demons.
"You reached out to me at times when others didn't," Macklemore wrote. "You were human. And we shared the same disease. A disease that is out to kill us, and when left untreated eventually will."
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Such a genuine person. Brilliant sense of humor. A true artist. Your spirit is what impressed me the most. The energy you brought to any space you were in. Contagious. You reached out to me at times when others didn’t. You were human. And we shared the same disease. A disease that is out to kill us, and when left untreated eventually will. I’m shaken. Shaken that someone who had such a light can be taken from this world so easily. It could have been me too many times to count. On the surface people that appear to have it all, are not exempt from the gravity and cunning nature of this disease. If you’re in the midst of addiction tell someone what’s going on. Don’t be a secret. Go to a 12 step meeting. Introduce yourself and you’ll be greeted with love and understanding from people that are fighting the same battle. Surrender. There are many paths, but it’s the only thing that has worked for me. I’m scared. Scared of how real this all is. Life and death. Beyond sad. Such a beautiful soul. Sending love to family, friends and everyone whose life was better because of your presence on this earth. Rest In Peace Mac 💔
He then called on fellow addicts to speak out and take action to save themselves: "If you're in the midst of addiction tell someone what's going on. Don't be a secret," he added. "Go to a 12 step meeting. Introduce yourself and you'll be greeted with love and understanding from people that are fighting the same battle. Surrender. There are many paths, but it's the only thing that has worked for me. I'm scared. Scared of how real this all is. Life and death."