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Sobering images Michelle Heaton shares photo of 'ruined' face during alcohol addiction as she celebrates sobriety

The 42-year-old posted a selfie with puffy and bloodshot eyes next to another photo from more recently, where she feels “strong, happy and healthy.”

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Michelle Heaton (Matt Alexander/PA)

Michelle Heaton (Matt Alexander/PA)

Michelle Heaton (Matt Alexander/PA)

Michelle Heaton has shared a photo of her “ruined” face during the height of her alcohol addiction to mark National Sober Day.

The former Liberty X singer checked into rehab earlier this year after turning to alcohol to help cope with health problems.

In August, she celebrated reaching a milestone achievement of 100 days of sobriety and is continuing to lead an alcohol-free life.

Now, to mark National Sober Day and National Recovery Month, Michelle has taken to Instagram to share a photo from right before she checked into rehab to show fans how far she’s come since April.

The 42-year-old posted a selfie with puffy and bloodshot eyes next to another photo from more recently, where she feels “strong, happy and healthy.”

In an emotional caption, she wrote: “This picture is not to shock, it WAS my reality!

“20 weeks ago this was me - Ruined - immune system was shutting down. The second is me today - Saved - strong happy healthy.

“It’s National Sober Day And it encourages us to celebrate Sober life and bring awareness to addiction.

“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.

“Success is more likely when systems are paved with an aware, loving, and honest cheering section.

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

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“Encouragement of one day fuels more support and awareness, leading to long-term sobriety. That’s something worth celebrating! The opposite of addiction is a connection.

“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.”

Michelle then included some links to helplines for those who may need it, including Alcoholics Anonymous and the NHS.

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