Kat Von D has not been shy about discussing her personal battle with substance abuse and addiction. The celebrity tattoo artist has spoken about her sobriety candidly with different publications and had publicly celebrated all of her years clean. This week, Von D shared with the world, via social media, that she achieved a milestone: 10 years sober. That’s right. Ten years sober and that is something to be proud of.
Here’s how Kat Von D announced the achievement of being sober for 10 years.
“During my drinking years, I was acutely aware that I could be operating at a much more proficient level if I could just eliminate these distractions. More than just having the chemical addiction, I was addicted to dysfunction,” Von D told The Fix, an addiction and recovery publication, in 2016 about how aware she was of her addiction early on. “A lot of musicians and writers and poets from back in the day until now have used dysfunction as a muse. I don’t want to be that person anymore. Sure, I can write a million sad love songs. After a while, however, you’re left in a room, watching the same movie over and over again. I don’t want to write the same song over and over again. There’s so many more beautiful things to be inspired by in the world.”
Her post inspired people to open up about how addiction has impacted the lives of loved ones.
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the number of overdose-related deaths more than doubled from 2002 to 2015.
And some shared their own success stories of sobriety.
I have 12 years herion was my drug of choice I'm glad your using your platform to say this. A lot hide it I don't it made me a better person
— Gothgirlfilth (@Gothgirlfilth1) July 7, 2017
People are thanking the tattoo artist for giving them the inspiration to stay focused on their sobriety.
I am humbled by being able to claim 2 years & 9 months of continuous sobriety, and you've been a big inspiration for this! Thank you, Kat ❤
— Ray Bouhuys ☕️ (@RayBou4U) July 7, 2017
Others joined Von D in celebrating the double-digit years of sobriety.
Congratulations, Kat Von D. You are truly an inspiration for so many people.