Patricia Heaton celebrates 3 years sober in Instagram video

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The 63-year-old actress explained last year she gave up alcohol in 2018 because she found she was enjoying it too much and although she still misses drinking, she's confident she made the right choice. shorelinemedia.netPatricia Heaton celebrates three years sober | Entertainment | shorelinemedia.net

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Patricia Heaton celebrates her sobriety: '3 years of freedom from alcohol'

Yahoo Life 12 July, 2021 - 10:29pm

The former Everybody Loves Raymond star, 63, took to social media on Saturday to share that she's celebrating three years of sobriety from alcohol.

In the video, a winded Heaton recorded herself as she completed a three-and-a-half-mile walk around a reservoir. Sporting a hat and sunglasses, Heaton spoke candidly to the camera about her journey to quit drinking.

“It’s July when we celebrate our nation’s freedom. Also celebrating three years of freedom from alcohol for me," said Heaton, pointing to herself. "I just wanted to share that with you."

"And you know, message me if any of your are thinking about doing that, any of you are doing that now and need some encouragement, or anything at all," Heaton said. "Have a great day."

In the comments section, several followers chimed in with their own journeys to quit drinking, ranging from some people counting days to others celebrating decades of sobriety.

Last year, Heaton went into more detail about her decision to quit drinking.

"I quit drinking two years ago in July. I miss it terribly, but at the end of the day, I feel better. I noticed that I was looking forward every night to cocktails. And if I happened to go to lunch, I might have a glass of wine or Prosecco," she shared with Parade magazine.

Heaton continued, discussing the frequency with which women develop alcoholism later in life. 

"There’s an actual statistic that women who were moderate drinkers in their 30s and 40s often become alcoholics in their 50s and 60s. I think it’s something about your children leaving the house and the things that used to anchor you are no longer there," Heaton continued. "You’re a little bit at sea, and so you reach for the bottle to dull the uncertainty. I sensed that a bit with myself."

Heaton added that getting older also changed the way her body was able to metabolize alcohol.

"And as your hormones change, you can’t really process alcohol the same way you did when you were younger. I’ve stopped, and my life has improved significantly," she shared. "My kids are in their mid-20s and I’ll probably be in my 70s by the time I have grandchildren. I want to be healthy for them."

When it comes to caring for her mental health, Heaton attributes listening to sermons while swimming, saying "that really helps keep everything in perspective and helps me stay emotionally and spiritually stable." She's also a "big believer in therapy," as well as of eading inspirational books.

"We all have those voices that tell us, 'You’re getting so old. Your skin is sagging.' But we can’t let that be the running narrative in our heads," she said. "Try to appreciate the fact that you can get up and have another day, with many opportunities ahead of you. You don’t have to berate yourself if you have those thoughts. You can say hello to them."

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Patricia Heaton Celebrates a Sobriety Milestone: 'Three Years of Freedom from Alcohol'

PEOPLE 12 July, 2021 - 10:29pm

The actress, 63, hopped on Instagram Saturday to share the special news with her nearly 200,000 followers in a video captioned, in part, "A lot to celebrate this month."

"Hello, friends! I'm just finishing up my, what, 3½-mile walk around the reservoir. And it's July, when we celebrate our nation's freedom. Also, [I'm] celebrating three years of freedom from alcohol for me. So I just want to share that with you," Heaton said in the clip with a contagious smile.

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The former Carol's Second Act star then offered a helping hand to anyone in a similar position.

"Message me if you are thinking about doing that and if you are doing that now and you need some encouragement or anything at all," she added before ending the video.

In February 2020, Heaton told PEOPLE she had embarked on what she deemed her "second act" while promoting her book Your Second Act: Inspiring Stories of Reinvention.

"I have lived a life beyond my wildest dreams and I'm so grateful," she explained. "Life wasn't handed to me on a silver platter by any stretch. I've worked hard, skinned my knees, cried my eyes out, regretted, doubted, and second-guessed myself along the way."

Heaton credits her devotion to God for helping change her life. The former star of The Middle believes doing so has allowed her to maintain an open mind about adding new chapters to her life story.

After CBS canceled Carol's Second Act in May 2020, Heaton had to reset. But she did not look at it in an entirely negative light.

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"There are these little funerals you have to have for certain dreams, because that's how you make way for new things," she told PEOPLE last July.

Instead of looking at it as a midlife crisis, however, Heaton viewed it as a moment of reinvention, which she believes is achievable "at any age and at any time" in life.

"Just get out there and embrace your life!" Heaton said.

Patricia Heaton celebrates three years sober in 'freedom from alcohol' Instagram post

USA TODAY 12 July, 2021 - 10:29pm

Patricia Heaton told followers she was celebrating three years sober from alcohol in a post on Instagram.

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In a month where America celebrates independence, Patricia Heaton said she is celebrating a different freedom — from alcohol. 

The former "Everybody Loves Raymond" star took to Instagram on Saturday to let her followers know she's marking three years sober. 

"It's July where we celebrate our nation's freedom, also celebrating three years of freedom from alcohol for me," she said.

Heaton, 63, said she had just finished a 3.5-mile walk and encouraged her followers to message her if they were thinking of kicking the habit or needed some encouragement. 

Last year, Heaton told Parade Magazine she decided to stop drinking after she realized she was looking forward every night to cocktails.

"I miss it terribly, but at the end of the day, I feel better," she told the outlet. "There’s an actual statistic that women who were moderate drinkers in their 30s and 40s often become alcoholics in their 50s and 60s."

"You’re a little bit at sea, and so you reach for the bottle to dull the uncertainty. I sensed that a bit with myself. And as your hormones change, you can’t really process alcohol the same way you did when you were younger. I’ve stopped, and my life has improved significantly," she told Parade. 

Heaton is married to David Hunt, an English actor and director, and they share four sons. 

She released a book last year, “Your Second Act: Inspiring Stories of Reinvention," that looks at navigating life during pivotal transitions.

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Patricia Heaton, 63, opens up and reveals she's 'celebrating three years of freedom from alcohol'

Daily Mail 12 July, 2021 - 10:29pm

By Kevin Kayhart For Dailymail.com

According to actress Patricia Heaton, she has 'a lot to celebrate'.

The Everybody Loves Raymond leading lady took to Instagram over the weekend to share a very personal and meaningful milestone with her 191,000 fans and followers:  three years of sobriety from alcohol.

Heaton, 63, opened up about her personal triumph while taking a walk around the Hollywood Reservoir, better known as Lake Hollywood, which is located in the Hollywood Hills near the famous Hollywood sign.

Major triumph: Patricia Heaton, 63, took to Instagram over the weekend and revealed she is celebrating three years of sobriety from alcohol in July

'Hello, friends! I'm just finishing up my, what, 3.5-mile walk around the reservoir,' the Ohio native began in the selfie with just a hint of her labored breath apparent. 

'And it's July, when we celebrate our nation's freedom. Also, [I'm] celebrating three years of freedom from alcohol for me.'

And in keeping with many programs and therapies focused on alcohol and drug recovery, Heaton ended the post by offering to help anyone who's going down a similar path in life.

'Message me if you are thinking about doing that, and if you are doing that now, and you need some encouragement or anything at all,' she concluded.

The Everybody Loves Raymond alum made the personal revelation as she was finishing up a 3.5-mile walk around Lake Hollywood, or otherwise known as Hollywood Reservoir

Being of service: Heaton ended the post by offering to help anyone who's going down a similar path in life

Heaton captioned the video: 'A lot to celebrate this month,' and added the hashtag, '#3years' 

The reservoir is in the Santa Monica Mountains, basically on the other side of the mountain where the famous Hollywood sign is situated.

Role of a lifetime: Heaton is best known for playing Debra Barone in the CBS hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond (1996-2005) for nine seasons; she starred alongside Ray Romano

During an interview with People in February 2020, Heaton shared how she considers her life now as her 'second act', which is the inspiration behind her book, Your Second Act: Inspiring Stories of Reinvention.       

'I have lived a life beyond my wildest dreams and I'm so grateful. Life wasn't handed to me on a silver platter by any stretch. I've worked hard, skinned my knees, cried my eyes out, regretted, doubted, and second-guessed myself along the way,' she explained.

She gave credit to her devotion to God for helping change her life.    

Open book: Heaton considers her life now as her 'second act', which is the inspiration behind her book, Your Second Act: Inspiring Stories of Reinvention

Heaton is best known for playing Debra Barone in the CBS hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond (1996-2005) for nine seasons. 

Many fans also know her for her role as Frances 'Frankie' Heck in the ABC sitcom The Middle (2009-2018).

Most recently she starred as Dr. Carol Kenney in the short-lived CBS sitcom Carol's Second Act (2019-2020).

Her faith: The actress gave credit to her devotion to God for helping change her life

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Patricia Heaton Celebrates Three Years of ‘Freedom From Alcohol,’ Showing It’s Never Too Late for Sobriety

Yahoo Lifestyle 12 July, 2021 - 10:29pm

Celebrating the milestones that come for sobriety — the weeks, months and years — is a powerful way to maintain it and help others see there are healthy and joyful ways to live without alcohol, if that’s the path that’s right for you. Everybody Loves Raymond and The Middle actress Patricia Heaton gave fans a glimpse of that joy over the weekend, telling fans on Instagram that she’s been sober for three years now.

“I have lived a life beyond my wildest dreams and I’m so grateful,” Heaton said in the video, smiling as she finished up a long walk. “Life wasn’t handed to me on a silver platter by any stretch. I’ve worked hard, skinned my knees, cried my eyes out, regretted, doubted, and second-guessed myself along the way.”

“I’ve gone up and down many different paths,” Heaton told People. “Looking back, I see how the seed for my second act was clearly planted in my first act.” (Her book, Your Second Act tackles the same themes: reinvention, empty nest life and exploring all the ways you can embrace the life you want during those transitional times.)

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Patricia Heaton Celebrates 3 Years of Sobriety with Inspirational Video

CBN News 12 July, 2021 - 07:19pm

Patricia Heaton, best known for her role in the hit comedy sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond," shared an uplifting message about her sobriety and urged others who are facing the same challenge to contact her for support.

In a video shared on social media, Heaton said the month of July means more to her than just celebrating America's independence but also means being alcohol-free.

"It's July where we celebrate our nation's freedom," she said. "Also, celebrating three years of freedom from alcohol for me. I just wanted to share that with you. Message me if any of you are thinking about doing that, any of you are doing that now and need some encouragement.

The 63-year-old told Parade Magazine last year she stopped drinking after it became too much of a routine for her.

"I miss it terribly, but at the end of the day, I feel better," she said. "I noticed that I was looking forward every night to cocktails. And if I happened to go to lunch, I might have a glass of wine or Prosecco. There's an actual statistic that women who were moderate drinkers in their 30s and 40s often become alcoholics in their 50s and 60s."

"You're a little bit at sea, and so you reach for the bottle to dull the uncertainty," she added. "I sensed that a bit with myself. And as your hormones change, you can't really process alcohol the same way you did when you were younger. I've stopped, and my life has improved significantly."

Heaton is married to David Hunt, an English actor and director, and they have four sons. 

Last year she released the book, Your Second Act: Inspiring Stories of Reinvention, which focuses on the different transitions during our life and the opportunities that can arise from them.

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How Old is 'Everybody Loves Raymond' and 'Carol's Second Act' Star Patricia Heaton?

Showbiz Cheat Sheet 12 July, 2021 - 12:27pm

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Patricia Heaton‘s rise to fame began with her role as Debra Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond. From there, the actor and chef took on other starring roles in The Middle and Carol’s Second Act. She also hosted her own cooking show on Food Network and made guest appearances on several other shows throughout her still-thriving career.

How old is Heaton? Here’s more on the famous comedian’s personal life and the success of her career.

Heaton turned 63 years old in 2021. Her parents, Patricia Hurd and Chuck Heaton, welcomed their daughter in Bay Village, Ohio, on March 4, 1958. Heaton has three sisters, Sharon, Alice, and Frances, as well as a brother named Michael. When Heaton was 12 years old, her mother died of an aneurysm.

Heaton started acting during her studies in New York alongside drama teacher William Esper in 1980. There, she performed in the Broadway musical Don’t Get God Started. According to IMDb, casting directors noticed Heaton during a Los Angeles performance of Off-Broadway’s The Johnstown Vindicator, which landed the actor a role in Room For Two. She starred in three more shows, Someone Like Me, Thirtysomething, and Women of the House, before she joined Everybody Loves Raymond.

Today, Heaton shares four sons with her husband, actor David Hunt, whom she married in 1990. In 2002, the comedian published her first memoir, Motherhood and Hollywood: How to Get a Job Like Mine. She published her second book, Your Second Act: Inspiring Stories of Reinvention, in 2020.

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Heaton’s successful acting career has given her a net worth of $40 million, as Showbiz Cheat Sheet previously reported. According to IMDb, the star made $6 million per year working on Everybody Loves Raymond. She raked in between $200,000 and $225,000 per episode for her starring role as Frankie Heck on The Middle.

During Heaton’s childhood, her father urged her to let go of her pursuit of acting and take on a “stable” job. However, he revealed in an article for Cleveland magazine that he was “very proud” of Heaton’s success in her acting career.

“My daughter Patty certainly has gone on to do great things with her talent, and you can be sure I’m very proud of her…Perhaps the best thing I did…was to stay out of her way,” he wrote. “Two Emmy Awards later, it’s easy to say I knew she had it in her or I recognized her talent early on.”

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In July 2021, Heaton revealed that she was celebrating three years of sobriety.

“It’s July, where we celebrate our nation’s freedom. We’re also celebrating three years of freedom from alcohol for me,” Heaton said with a huge smile in a video on Twitter, as seen above.

Heaton explained in 2020 that she quit drinking because she had started to notice a pattern of craving alcohol. She revealed that she wanted to stay healthy for when she has grandchildren.

“I miss it terribly, but at the end of the day, I feel better. I noticed that I was looking forward every night to cocktails. And if I happened to go to lunch, I might have a glass of wine or Prosecco,” Heaton told Parade. “I’ve stopped, and my life has improved significantly.”

Patricia Heaton Marks Sobriety Milestone in Inspiring Fashion

PopCulture.com 11 July, 2021 - 10:38pm

Patricia Heaton marked an important milestone on Instagram Saturday. The former Everybody Loves Raymond star celebrated three years of sobriety with an inspiring video for her fans. Heaton, 63, recently starred in the CBS sitcom Carol's Second Act and ABC's The Middle.

"Hello friends," Heaton said at the start of the video, filmed while hiking. "Just finishing my 3 and a half-mile walk around the reservoir. It's July when we celebrate our nation's freedom. Also, I'm celebrating three years of freedom from alcohol for me. So I just wanted to share that with you." She also invited fans to send her messages if they are thinking about drinking and need encouragement.

"Message me if any of you are thinking about doing that, or are doing that now and need some encouragement, or anything at all," Heaton said. "Have a great day!" Heaton captioned the video, "A lot to celebrate this month. #3years."

After many of her fans commented on the video to share their own sobriety milestones, Heaton was quick to congratulate them. "Congratulations!! I will have 4 years on August 7th," one fan wrote. "Amazing!" Heaton replied. One fan told the two-time Emmy winner they were thinking about trying to get sober. "You got this!" she wrote back.

Heaton opened up about reinventing herself in her 2020 memoir Your Second Act: Inspiring Stories of Reinvention. "I have lived a life beyond my wildest dreams and I'm so grateful," she told PEOPLE while promoting the book. "Life wasn't handed to me on a silver platter by any stretch. I've worked hard, skinned my knees, cried my eyes out, regretted, doubted, and second-guessed myself along the way." Heaton believes her faith in God played a significant role in changing her life. She noted that while she is in her second act of life, she now understands "how the seed for my second act was clearly planted in the first."

Heaton won two Emmys for playing Ray Romano's on-screen wife on Everybody Loves Raymond, which ran from 1996 to 2005. She played another mother, Frankie Heck, on ABC's The Middle from 2009 to 2018, then starred as Dr. Carol Kenney on Carol's Second Act, which lasted just one season. Heaton's next project is Unbreakable Boy, starring Zachary Levi.

In an interview with Forbes last year, Heaton said she wished she could tell her younger self to slow down, especially when she was so busy making Raymond while raising her children. "So it got very hectic and it was a lot about keeping a schedule going with kids and work and school and activities," Heaton said. "I think I would’ve tried to do a little bit less and relax a little bit more and just try to be present in the moment and enjoy the moment a bit more."

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