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Miley Cyrus Opens Up About Staying Sober—And Relapsing—During the Pandemic

Miley Cyrus Opens Up About Staying Sober—And Relapsing—During the Pandemic

It’s a commonly held belief that relapse can be part of recovery for many people struggling with addiction, but even knowing that doesn’t always make the shame of relapsing any easier. That’s why Miley Cyrus’s recent decision to disclose her own pandemic relapse feels so significant. The star—who recently released her seventh album, Plastic Hearts—spoke about navigating addiction in an Apple Music interview on Monday.

“I fell off and I realized that I now am back on sobriety, two weeks sober, and I feel like I really accepted that time,” said Cyrus. “One of the things I’ve used is, ‘Don’t get furious, get curious.’ So don’t be mad at yourself, but ask yourself, ‘What happened?'”

Cyrus was six months sober as of June, and announced in her Apple Music interview that she is now two weeks sober. Anyone who has struggled with addiction will be able to identify with the difficulty of getting “back on the wagon” after a slip, but maybe part of that difficulty comes from our deeply ingrained societal expectation that anyone who is in an active phase of addiction is somehow “bad” or less-than. If a star of Cyrus’s stature is willing to speak out about the difficulty of remaining sober in a time of global emergency, maybe the stigma can be somewhat lessened.

Hopefully, the self-compassion that every person in recovery must come into in order to truly heal will eventually be mirrored by sensible, empathetic U.S. drug policy that doesn’t criminalize those who use drugs. While we wait for that, though, we’re lucky to have Cyrus speaking out about the daily reality of living with addiction.

Source: vogue.com