Michelle Heaton has shared an emotional throwback snap of her first day in rehab two years ago.
Showing how far she has come, the former Liberty X singer, who said she never hid her alcohol addiction from her children, looked glum in the flashback image as she stood outside Priory.
The 43 year old captioned the image: "#tbt 2 years ago today I arrived on the steps of the @priorygroup. Bewildered, confused, sad, sick and very frightened. That day I took my last drink. Therefore my sobriety date is tomorrow .. please god."
Alongside prayer hand emojis, she continued to reflect: "It feels like a lifetime ago and in someways like it was yesterday. I can still remember heading into there wanting to come out a controlled drinker. A normal drinker. I had no idea how bad i actually was, and that that day would be my last day of drinking.
"As long as I continue to do my meetings, step program and work on myself I don't ever need to go back," Michelle concluded alongside the hashtags: "#sobriety #alcohol #alcoholic #recovery #addiction #help #throwbackthursday #aa #12steps."
Michelle is still following the 12-Step Programme and attends AA meetings regularly.
The star is a symbol of hope to others with similar problems, and previously said she hit rock bottom in January 2020 when she was drinking up to a bottle of vodka and two bottles of wine a day, as well as snorting cocaine.
It was a terrifying climax to becoming dependent on alcohol while suffering from hormonal depression after a hysterectomy. The operation to reduce her risk of breast and ovarian cancers, after learning she carries the mutated BRCA2 gene, also triggered her early menopause at the age of 34.
By September 2020, doctors warned Michelle she could die from liver failure, and many of her family and friends begged her to get help. But it wasn't until the following April that she was admitted to the Priory rehab and mental health hospital for a 28-day stint. It would be one of the most difficult months of her life – and the most crucial.
Speaking previously to OK!, she said: "It's not exactly a hotel. I remember packing heels and a going-out dress as I thought, surely we'll go out for one meal. But obviously not. It was a real culture shock. The first week was very difficult. Everything was coming out as I was sobering up – it was awful, it was painful.
"You've got that pain that you're missing something, that you're mourning something. I was mourning drinking."
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