Patricia Heaton celebrates three years of sobriety

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Patricia Heaton is three years sober from alcohol. The former "Everybody Loves Raymond" star took to Instagram on Saturday to share that she feels a lot better now that she doesn't drink. "It's July where we celebrate our nation's freedom, also celebrating three years of freedom from alcohol for me," she said. KCTV Kansas CityPatricia Heaton celebrates three years of sobriety

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Actress Patricia Heaton shared a video Saturday with some news about reaching a personal milestone. The star told her more than 400,000 Twitter followers that she was celebrating three years of "freedom from alcohol."

"It’s July when we celebrate our nation’s freedom. Also celebrating three years of freedom from alcohol for me," the "Everybody Loves Raymond" actress says in a video – while working up a sweat on a 3.5-mile hike. 

"So, just wanted to share that with you. And message me if any of you are thinking about doing that, any of you are doing that now and need some encouragement or anything at all. Have a great day." 

Heaton, 63, has been focusing on her health and fitness in recent years, including trying to swim 50 laps four to five times a week. She was also on a low-carb, high-fat diet, she told Parade magazine last year. 

The Ohio native explained she decided to give up alcohol in 2018 because she found she was starting to enjoy it a little too much. 

"I miss it terribly, but at the end of the day, I feel better," she told the magazine. "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 said statistics show that women who drink moderately in their 30s and 40s can sometimes slip into alcoholism as they get older.

"I think it’s something about your children leaving the house and the things that used to anchor you are no longer there," she said at the time. "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. … I’ve stopped [drinking], and my life has improved significantly. 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."

Heaton also published a book last year called, "Your Second Act: Inspiring Stories of Reinvention," in which she wrote about taking more time for herself and her passions as an empty-nester. Heaton's husband is British actor and director David Hunt.

She also recently starred in the short-lived series, "Carol’s Second Act," about a mom who pursues her dream of becoming a doctor. The show ran from 2019-2020. 

Before that, she played hilariously flustered wives Frankie Heck in "The Middle" from 2009-2018 and Debra Barone in "Everybody Loves Raymond" from 1996-2005. 

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Patricia Heaton Has Shared a Message on Her '3 Years of Freedom'

Newser 12 July, 2021 - 02:15pm

(Newser) – A post over the weekend from Patricia Heaton gave a shoutout to both America and to an achievement by Heaton herself. "It's July, [when] we celebrate our nation's freedom," the 63-year-old Everybody Loves Raymond and The Middle actor noted in a Saturday video on social media as she wrapped up a 3.5-mile hike. Then she added: "Also celebrating three years of freedom from alcohol for me." After sharing that, Heaton told fans to "message me if any of you are thinking about doing that, any of you are doing that now and need some encouragement or anything at all." As reinforcement, she noted in the caption accompanying her video: "A lot to celebrate this month."

Heaton mentioned her alcohol abstention in an interview with Parade last year. "I miss it terribly, but at the end of the day, I feel better," she said, adding that she started "looking forward every night to cocktails. And if I happened to go to lunch, I might have a glass of wine or prosecco." She noted that women in their 50s and 60s might be "a little bit at sea" as their kids grow up and leave the family home, "and so you reach for the bottle to dull the uncertainty." She said she halted her booze intake when she noticed that happening with herself, and that since then, "my life has improved significantly." (Read more Patricia Heaton stories.)

Patricia Heaton celebrates 3 years sober with uplifting video

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"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," Heaton said in the video. "So I just want to share that with you."

She also offered support for others currently in recovery, adding "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."

In a 2020 interview with Parade, Heaton revealed that she had quit drinking two years ago in July, acknowledging "I miss it terribly, but at the end of the day, I feel better." The actress said she made the decision to stop when she noticed that the thought of drinking, even casually, was becoming a prominent part of her life.

"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. 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," she told Parade.

Last year, Heaton published her first book called Your Second Act: Inspiring Stories of Reinvention, a collection of essays from women who have reinvented themselves.

"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 told People in an interview while speaking about her book. "I've gone up and down many different paths; looking back, I see how the seed for my second act was clearly planted in my first act."

‘Three years of freedom’: Patricia Heaton celebrates sobriety

WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland 12 July, 2021 - 09:40am

TODAY — Pictured: Patricia Heaton on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 — (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)

(WJW) — Actress Patricia Heaton, 63, celebrated more than just the nation’s freedom this July.

In a video shared to her social media accounts, the Cleveland area native said she celebrated three years of freedom from alcohol.

In her video she said she’d just finished a 3.5-mile walk.

A lot to celebrate this month. pic.twitter.com/Gg5npUPdJP

“And it’s July. So we celebrate our nation’s freedom,” she went on. “Also, celebrating three years of freedom from alcohol for me.”

She encouraged followers who were doing or thinking about doing the same to send her a message.

Heaton, former “Everybody Loves Raymond” actress, told Parade last year she’d quit drinking two years prior.

She said, “I miss it terribly, but at the end of the day, I feel better.”

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