Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton spent four weeks at the Priory Clinic after hitting rock-bottom in April
Michelle Heaton has been feeling “grateful” as she celebrated 100 days of being sober following three years of drug and alcohol addictions.
The former Liberty X singer spent four weeks in the Priory clinic after hitting rock-bottom in April this year.
“I’m really grateful,” she explained. “I’m just so lucky I’m here. Before, I didn’t think I deserved anything. I think that’s the thing with going through addiction, you don’t feel worthy of anything.
“That’s why you drink, because you want the pain to end. That’s the reality of addiction.”
The 42-year-old had the support of her husband of 11 years, Hugh Hanley, as well as the children they share together – Faith, nine, and AJ, seven.
She explained that the psychiatric hospital took away her phone, bags, clothes, toiletries, razors, as well as anything that could hurt her.
“You then earn your rights back depending on your physical condition, medication and what your addiction is,” she added to OK! magazine.
She also celebrated her 100 days sober with fans on August 6 by sharing a before and after selfie on Instagram.
“100 days! Clean and sober!” she captioned the post. “100 days ago I took this photo, the morning I went into rehab.
“I remember waking up after yet another night of a party for one, alone by myself in utter madness and chaos.”
Michelle added: “100 days on, and I wake up (with still tired eyes), but tired from just a restless sleep, not a drugged up binge.
“All I could see was darkness, now I can see light. Where there was pain I feel joy. Where there was no hope I have comfort.
“I hate to preach .. but here I go! I’m preaching to the still-suffering addict. You are not alone, you are me, I was you!”
Michelle concluded: “If you are in pain if you are controlled and have became powerless to this disease only YOU can label yourself!”
The left picture showed the effects alcohol had on her skin as well as sleep. 100 days on, her skin was glowing and the star looked a lot more refreshed.
She recently appeared on Loose Women to discuss the effects her addiction had on her.
“It got a hold of me really badly about a year and a half ago. I was so ill, I had lost so much weight, my skin was translucent, my belly was very swollen and very hard,” the star explained.
“I was sick to drink more. I would make myself sick to drink more. I’d be happy when I was sick because I could drink more. It got so out of control that it controlled everything that I did,” she added.
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