Michelle Heaton has candidly posted a string of photos of herself from during her addiction battle in a bid to raise awareness.
Former Liberty X singer Michelle, 42, battled with an addiction to alcohol and cocaine before seeking help earlier this year.
Now, after celebrating 200 days sober and looking forward to her first sober Christmas, Michelle has candidly shared snaps of herself throughout her battle with her Instagram followers.
One photo saw Michelle with her eyes closed, while another showed her face and eyes were swollen.
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The final snaps were of happier memories, after Michelle's rehab stint, including a snap of herself hugging her husband and children and another of her smiling to the camera.
In the caption Michelle welcomed the government's proposals to tackle addiction. Earlier this week, Boris Johnson released a ten year plan to halt the drug problem in Britain.
Michelle explained: "I welcome any efforts by governments to address this issue that affects too many families.
"Tackling the suppliers and helping those in addictions is amazing. I’m so pleased to hear of the extra treatment places, they are sorely needed. I’ll be honest – I didn’t have the money to get help, friends and family lent me that and I possibly wouldn’t be here now had they not as I needed the treatment within days."
She added: "I’m hoping I’ll hear the word education lots in the coming days… Early education in schools is sorely needed and this is something I really feel strongly about."
Speaking of addiction, Michelle added: "This disease does NOT discriminate. It affects people in poverty and people with money. Once an addict we will stop at NOTHING to get the next hit, fix, high! Whatever that may be.
"Harsher punishments will unfortunately not stop us real addicts it will drive us to be more manipulative in our addictions! It’s a disease of the mind and the body.
"We need to also concentrate on STOPPING it before it grips us."
Michelle then questioned where addictions began and said "the list is endless". She then insisted: "It’s NOT a middle class problem it’s a you and me problem.
"It’s the kid who never fit in, it’s the wife at home bored."
The former singer added that: "Punishment in itself is not an answer as it just ignores where and how to tackle it before it begins!
"Education, help lines and more information is needed most!"
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Michelle then spoke about her own addiction battle and explained she "didn’t grow up in poverty & certainly no middle class issues and never set out to be an addict".
She added: "I never knew what an addict was until I almost died. Had you given me a warning or called me up and fined me when I was in the madness I wouldn’t have stopped.
"Information, the meetings and the 12 step programme got me sober! And guess what? It’s free! My passion now is giving back and helping others get sober and clean."
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