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‘This WAS my reality’: Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton shares depths of alcoholism struggle


by Jennifer McShane
14th Sep 2021
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Liberty X star Michelle Heaton took to Instagram to celebrate her 20-week sobriety milestone sharing photos of how she looked before entering rehab to showcase the severity of her alcoholism struggles.

Former Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton has shared a devastating selfie of herself to highlight her difficult struggle to get to sobriety.

The 42-year-old  took to Instagram to celebrate her 20-week sobriety milestone with an eye-opening photo of how she looked prior to entering rehab. The intention was not to shock, she said, but to raise awareness for those who struggle the same way.

Posting a photo as she is now alongside as she was then, she is seen pale, with a visibly puffy face and bloodshot eyes and looks profoundly unhappy – a stark contrast to the photo alongside it with a bright smile and healthy glow.

“This picture is not to shock, it WAS my reality! 20 weeks ago this was me – Ruined – the second is me today – Saved,” she wrote.

Her immune system was shutting down 20 weeks ago, such was the depths of her alcoholism, she said, whereas now, she is strong, happy, and healthy. As part of National Recovery month, the stigma needs to be removed from those struggling with alcohol addiction, she writes.

“It’s National Sober Day and it encourages us to celebrate Sober life and bring awareness to addiction,” she continued.

“It’s also National Recovery Month, and today supports removing the stigma associated with addiction. It opens the lines of communication that lead to better understanding. The day provides an opportunity to build educated support networks.”

If we stumble, aren’t we more likely to get back up again when we have a solid support system?

“Success is more likely when systems are paved with an aware, loving, and honest cheering section…. Recognising this provides a model for future generations who will be my picture one! And then the second picture demonstrates how to enjoy life alcohol-free, the day will embolden future generations to say no to alcohol.”

It can’t have been easy to share such a raw photo to thousands of followers, but in doing so she says she wants others to know they are not alone and there is help for those who need it.

“Today I am stronger mentally and physically better than I’ve ever been. One day at a time. For anyone who needs help with addiction, there is help out there,” she says.

She previously said she was “days from death” when she entered a rehab facility and was told by a therapist that she “might not make it.”

It’s incredible to see how far she has come.

If you are concerned about your own or a loved one’s drinking, there are dedicated information and support services available across the country. You can also find a comprehensive list of alcohol treatment services and details of regional drugs and alcohol task forces on the HSE website.

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