Florence + The Machine frontwoman Florence Welch celebrated a major milestone in her recovery. The singer revealed that, as of Tuesday, she is officially seven years sober.
“I am 7 years sober today,” Welch, 34, wrote in a celebratory Instagram post, where she also shared a meaningful photo of her touching a painting that had a heart with two arrows in it drawn around the number 7.
The “Shake It Out” singer used her milestone moment to encourage her followers to never give up on their personal struggles.
” send my love and support to anyone who is struggling. If you are feeling shaky around ED issues, drugs or alcohol, I completely understand,” said Welch.
The two-time Grammy nominee closed out with a heartfelt note to her followers by expressing, “The desire to disassociate is so strong. But please don’t give up. We are going to need you on the other side.”
Welch previously revealed that she suffered from an eating disorder and used to abuse drugs and alcohol.
Speaking to British Vogue in 2019, the British indie rocker admitted that her addictions would have killed her had she not asked for help.
Welch says she was 27 when she got sober because “my mother made a speech – a plea, really – to my friends to try to keep me alive and out of the notorious ’27 club.'”
The singer also revealed she stopped weighing herself in 2015 because she used to be obsessed with the numbers, and proudly told the publication, “I have no idea how much I weigh right now.”
If you’re struggling with addiction, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration can help you locate a treatment facility. Their helpline is free, confidential and open 24 hours a day: 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
By Megan Stone
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