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30th Jun 2022

Michelle Heaton shares candid shots to celebrate milestone in sobriety journey

Sarah McKenna Barry

“If I can do it so can you.”

Former Liberty X star Michelle Heaton has shared some photos from her recovery from addiction.

The singer spent six months in the Priory last year after checking herself in for addiction to alcohol and drugs. She has since been sober for 14 months, and took to Instagram to share a candid insight into her recovery.

In a video, which featured photos from 14 months ago, Michelle showed the progress that she has made, including various sobriety milestones along the way.

“I continue to share my story because by sharing I might just help the still suffering addict,” she wrote.

“I’m just over 14 months, looking back at this person, I see fear, sadness, confusion, pain, and as that month went on I see hope, light, fight, and a desire to live.”

She continued: “Whether you are the addict or a loved one of the addict, there is hope! If I can do it so can you!”

Michelle then shared that she is following a 12 step programme, and regularly attends meetings where she can “help others to achieve sobriety” in the same way she has.

“I have a life now I could never have imagined,” she wrote. “A life without fear!”

Michelle then encouraged her followers to share their own sobriety journeys in the comments.

In the comments, she was met with messages of support.

Life coach Anna Williamson wrote: “Well done Michelle – you’re a strong cookie.”

Another fan shared: “Your progress posts literally make me skip with joy. We’ve had conversations before about my personal experience of addiction and I know how bloody hard you have worked to stay sober and I applaud you. You are incredible. Well done.”

A second fan wrote: “Inspiration and amazing you have this platform to pass the message on.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, information is available right here.