Lucy Hale celebrated another sobriety milestone this week as she marked two years since she quit alcohol.
The Pretty Little Liars star, 34, admitted she’s ‘so grateful’ for everything she’s learned along the way as she took to Instagram on Tuesday to toast the achievement.
Lucy revealed how many years, months, days and hours she’d been sober for, as well as sharing a quote by author F. Scott Fitzgerald.
It read: ‘For what it’s worth… it’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit.’
The actress added a snap of herself walking through picturesque surroundings, enjoying everything nature has to offer.
Lucy Hale celebrated another sobriety milestone this week as she marked two years since she quit alcohol (pictured last month)
The Pretty Little Liars star, 34, admitted she’s ‘so grateful’ for everything she’s learned along the way as she took to Instagram on Tuesday to toast the achievement
She captioned the post: ‘This continues to be the greatest gift I’ve given myself. I remain so grateful for another year of growth, growing pains, lessons, joys, and self realizations.
‘To be able to show up as myself and to be greeted with such warmth and acceptance is something I do not take for granted.
‘The interactions, conversations, and moments of vulnerability from people I know, people I used to know, from people I’ve hurt, from people who’ve hurt me, from strangers and even people on the internet have given my life so much colour and meaning.
‘Those experiences have been my favourite takeaway from this last year. To every person I have connected with… thank you from the bottom of my heart.
‘Lastly, if you are struggling please know you are not alone and that you do not have to trek this path alone.
‘There is no right or wrong way to heal and it is deeply personal and unique to each of us. My only advice is to remain open hearted, curious, and to find the people who see and support you. It does get better. Take it moment by moment.’
Lucy’s milestone comes after she recalled having her first alcoholic beverage at age 12 before ultimately becoming sober in her 30s.
Speaking on the Call Her Daddy podcast, the actress described getting ‘black out’ drunk during a vacation to Florida.
Lucy revealed how many years, months, days and hours she’d been sober for, as well as sharing a quote by author F. Scott Fitzgerald
The actress insisted ‘there is no right or wrong way to heal’ as she took to Instagram to reveal her sobriety milestone
The Hating Game star previously said ‘it was very clear’ she ‘was drinking to escape something, even at a young age’
While she would continue to drink every now and then until she was 18, she ultimately became aware she had a drinking problem in her early 20s and sought help at rehab.
She recalled: ‘The first time I ever had alcohol… I was probably 12, or 13? I was in Florida, on vacation… and we drank Green Apple Pucker. I remember my very first experience with alcohol was the same as when it ended.
‘I blacked out — at 12 years old. I don’t remember what happened, I threw up, I got very sick, and I remember being so distraught when I realized what had happened,’ she said.
‘I was like, “Oh my god, my mom is going to be so disappointed in me,”‘ Lucy remembered.
As a teen, Lucy was aware her drinking habits were abnormal.
‘I remember shame after every experience drinking, because my drinking was never normal. Literally every time I drank… it was very clear I was drinking to escape something, even at a young age,’ she said.
While she sought help at 23, she didn’t give up alcohol for good until she was 32.
‘I went to rehab when I was 23. I don’t think anyone on the show [Pretty Little Liars] knew. And it was my choice too. That was a pivotal moment in my life. [But] I wasn’t ready to give up drinking, which is why I didn’t get sober until I was 32,’ she said.
‘I had tried so many different things: rehab, out-patient, in-patient, trauma center, therapy, medication, you name it. And there was also a very strong desire to want to stop,’ she said.
‘Without having COVID, I might not have gotten sober — or committed to it.’
Last year, Lucy welled up as she appeared on The Diary of a CEO podcast with Steven Bartlett where she got candid about going to a ‘dark place’ amid her struggles with alcohol.
Lucy said: ‘You have to go to a dark place sometimes to get to that point… It’s dark, disgusting, and scary.
‘I wish I could go back and tell my sixteen year old self, buckle up, girl. We’re going to go through some sh*t.’
Speaking on her relationship with alcohol, she said: ‘And then the coping mechanisms were, like, incredibly self-destructive.
‘I’ve been working on getting sober since I was 20… I just, like, held on to that belief that that real Lucy came out when she was drinking.
‘I tried to change for my mum, I tried to change for my career. One of my best friends died of alcoholism, and that still didn’t make me want to get sober… None of that sh*t works.’
She added: ‘Alcohol isn’t the problem, the problem is this feeling inside of me.’
Lucy (pictured in November 2023) has been open about her sobriety journey, previously saying: ‘Alcohol isn’t the problem, the problem is this feeling inside of me’