Celebrating his birthday in Dubai on Monday (Jan. 6), Polo G took time to reflect on his whirlwind year and past struggles with substance abuse.

“I had a real bad X addiction fa like 3yrs I used to think I had to b high to feel alive it took a moment where I almost lost my life to dat shit ta finally let it go & pay close attention to my Health,” the “Pop Out” rapper wrote on Instagram.

This past summer, Polo checked himself into the hospital after he “got too lit.” The rapper revealed to his Instagram followers that he’d suffered a near-death experience, brought on by drug use.

“Ever since my hospital incident I quit doing x & Xanax(it’s been 5 months) & I been 2 months completely sober (lol definitely gettin drunk tonight tho) I said all that to say To all the ppl battling a drug addiction it’s more to life then that more things u can put your energy into,” he continued. “ik how it feels to wanna escape depression anxiety or even your reality but it’s only temporary u gotta really figure yourself out & continuously work on becoming a better version of u.”

Polo, who turned 21 years old on Monday (Jan. 6), released his Die A Legend debut album earlier this year, which included his Lil Tjay-assisted hit, “Pop Out.”

“A side from dat tho I just turnt 21 So imma live it up & enjoy myself 2020 gon b A Great year lotta shit in store lotta new music droppin sooner den u think,” he finished.

Along with the caption, Polo posted three photos of himself and his girlfriend, as they embarked on a Dubai desert safari. The rapper can even be seen posing with a camel.

Polo is one of many hip hop artists who have addressed their past or current struggles with addiction, notably in the wake of Juice WRLD’s untimely death. Trippie Redd, Stunna 4 Vegas and more have talked about using drugs, both recreationally and in their music.