Michelle Heaton reflects on being eight months sober on Boxing Day 1

Michelle Heaton reflects on being eight months sober on Boxing Day

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Michelle Heaton has admitted she ‘can’t remember’ the last time she sat around the table and played games with her kids as she reflected on being sober on Boxing Day.

The former Liberty X star, 42, took to Instagram on Sunday and shared snaps of herself with her children Faith, nine, and Aaron, seven, and husband Hugh Hanley. 

The singer looked in good spirits as she enjoyed her Boxing Day dinner with her loved ones before sharing another snap of them playing games around the table. 

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Candid: Michelle Heaton has admitted she 'can't remember' the last time she sat around the table and played games with her kids as she reflected on being sober on Boxing Day

Candid: Michelle Heaton has admitted she ‘can’t remember’ the last time she sat around the table and played games with her kids as she reflected on being sober on Boxing Day

Michelle gave up drinking eight months ago after her drug and alcohol addiction left her close to death.

Alongside her post, she wrote: ‘Boxing Day .. Round three of left overs from yesterday Still going strong. 

‘I actually can’t remember in all these years is being able to sit round the table and play games be happy and have fun. 

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‘I’m totally blessed .. and today I found out being sober I’m really really competitive and also a sore looser .. that’s why I don’t lose’. 

Family: The former Liberty X star, 42, took to Instagram on Sunday and shared snaps of herself with her children Faith, nine, and Aaron, seven, and husband Hugh Hanley

Family: The former Liberty X star, 42, took to Instagram on Sunday and shared snaps of herself with her children Faith, nine, and Aaron, seven, and husband Hugh Hanley

Michelle wrote: 'I actually can't remember in all these years is being able to sit round the table and play games be happy and have fun.'I'm totally blessed'

Michelle wrote: ‘I actually can’t remember in all these years is being able to sit round the table and play games be happy and have fun.’I’m totally blessed’

Michelle recently revealed she was intrigued to see how she would find the festive period without drinking, admitting she wanted to know how others find joy without consuming alcohol. 

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She explained on ITV’s Lorraine: ‘I’m almost eight months sober and I’m coming into celebrating Christmas for the first time without an alcoholic drink in my hand.

‘I’m really excited and a little bit nervous. I’m really excited to understand how others keep the joy in their lives without alcohol this year.’

She continued: ‘The last eight months have been a real journey of sobriety, but I’m so happy I can’t even explain how joyful I feel.

Interview: Michelle recently revealed she was intrigued to see how she would find the festive period without drinking, admitting she wanted to know how others find joy without consuming alcohol

Interview: Michelle recently revealed she was intrigued to see how she would find the festive period without drinking, admitting she wanted to know how others find joy without consuming alcohol 

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‘I couldn’t get to eight hours without picking up the drink towards the end, and here I am almost eight months clean and sober.’

Looking back at her journey, she continued: ‘It’s dangerous, because alcohol isn’t always that glamorous… From my perspective, I had to reach my rock bottom to ask for help.’ 

‘I was so unkind to people and myself, but now I’m sober I have that second chance. That small change can make all the difference, make this Christmas count.’

Michelle previously revealed she did not go for a day without alcohol for three years before she checked into rehab in April.

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Shocking: The hitmaker gave up alcohol eight months ago after her drug and alcohol addiction left her close to death (pictured in April)

Shocking: The hitmaker gave up alcohol eight months ago after her drug and alcohol addiction left her close to death (pictured in April) 

Confessing that getting herself help was the hardest part of her journey during an appearance on Loose Women in September, Michelle said: ‘It’s the first step and its the hardest to admit you have a problem and that you’re powerless to drugs and alcohol.

She explained it wasn’t a ‘specific event’ that caused her admission into rehab, but she ended up ‘locked away by herself, lying and manipulating situations’.

Michelle revealed: ‘I became very very ill, it was a five year process. About three years it got a bit of a hold on me, I was happy in my addiction.’

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‘Sometimes it’s difficult to say you have an addiction cos at times it feels fun, that’s the reality of it, it [alcohol] was my friend in need.

‘Any feeling, sad, happy, the sun’s shining, a party – any excuse. It got a hold of me really badly.’

For advice about drugs and alcohol visit www.talktofrank.com.

Michelle explained: 'The last eight months have been a real journey of sobriety, but I'm so happy I can't even explain how joyful I feel'

Michelle explained: ‘The last eight months have been a real journey of sobriety, but I’m so happy I can’t even explain how joyful I feel’

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