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Sia Celebrates Eight Years Sober

by Music-News.com on September 12, 2018

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Pop star Sia has shared a note of encouragement while celebrating eight years of sobriety.

Sia took to Twitter on Tuesday (11Sep18) 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.”

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 (07Sep18), 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.”

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.”

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