Marian Keyes marks 29 years of sobriety with candid post

‘Recovery is possible’: Marian Keyes marks 29 years of sobriety and admits she thought her life was ‘over’ amid her struggles with alcoholism

Marian Keyes has marked 29 years of sobriety and admitted that she thought her life was ‘over’ amid her struggles with alcoholism.

The Irish author, 59, took to Twitter on Wednesday to share with her followers that she has been sober for 29 years.

In her candid post, she described it as a ‘wonderful’ journey and said she thought her life was ‘over’ before she stopped drinking.

Sober: Marian Keyes has marked 29 years of sobriety and admitted that she thought her life was 'over' amid her struggles with alcoholism

Sober: Marian Keyes has marked 29 years of sobriety and admitted that she thought her life was ‘over’ amid her struggles with alcoholism

She penned: ‘Hello! Today I’m TWENTY NINE YEARS SOBER. Back in January 1994 I thought my life was over. But its been the most WONDERFUL journey.’

Marian, who has sold more than 30million copies of her books worldwide, went on to promise anyone else struggling with alcohol that ‘recovery is possible’.

‘If you’re struggling with or worried about alcohol I PROMISE you that recovery is possible, that you’ve nothing to lose but your shame,’ she concluded.

Marian has been open about her alcoholism in the past and has spoken about how her parents checked her into a rehab clinic in Ireland after a suicide attempt when she was 30.

Milestone: The Irish author, 59, took to Twitter on Wednesday to share with her followers that she has been sober for 29 years

Milestone: The Irish author, 59, took to Twitter on Wednesday to share with her followers that she has been sober for 29 years

Candid: In her post, she described it as a 'wonderful' journey and admitted that she thought her life was 'over' before she stopped drinking 29 years ago

Candid: In her post, she described it as a ‘wonderful’ journey and admitted that she thought her life was ‘over’ before she stopped drinking 29 years ago

Speaking on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs in 2017, Marian said of her addiction: ‘As my addiction got worse so did my denial. Alcohol was the love of my life; it was my best friend.’

Marian then decided to start writing, something which she said didn’t get her sober but ‘gave me something to hope for’ and the year after she left rehab, her debut novel Watermelon was published.

Following her struggles with alcoholism, Marian also suffered with depression in 2009 and admitted that she once contemplated suicide 40 times a day.

She previously said it was ‘very hard’ to stop herself acting on those impulses and that she had to make ‘an enormous effort’ not to self-harm.

Rehab: Marian has been open about her alcoholism in the past and has spoken about how her parents checked her into a rehab clinic in Ireland after a suicide attempt

Rehab: Marian has been open about her alcoholism in the past and has spoken about how her parents checked her into a rehab clinic in Ireland after a suicide attempt

‘It started quite suddenly,’ she said on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs in 2017. ‘I was at a barbecue one Sunday afternoon and I started to feel intense anxiety and I couldn’t understand it.

‘Everything inside me started to speed up. I started to feel like I was dreaming that the people I was talking to weren’t real. 

‘It got worse and worse… I had never experienced anything like it. I stopped being able to sleep. I stopped being able to eat. I couldn’t have conversations.’

She was admitted to a psychiatric hospital but said she felt ‘even less safe’ and that none of the cures or therapies she tried worked, saying the depression eventually ‘ran its course’ in 2014.

Mental health: Following her struggles with alcoholism, Marian also suffered with depression in 2009 and admitted that she once contemplated suicide 40 times a day

Mental health: Following her struggles with alcoholism, Marian also suffered with depression in 2009 and admitted that she once contemplated suicide 40 times a day

‘Nothing worked but the passage of time. It [depression] ran its course. It’s an illness and it ran its course,’ she said.

Marian has tackled an array of subjects such as depression, domestic violence and alcoholism in her bestselling books.

In 1998, she penned a number one bestselling book, Rachel’s Holiday, which follows a woman whose family intervene and send her to rehab after an accidental overdose.

Depression: She was admitted to a psychiatric hospital but she said she felt 'less safe' and that none of the cures or therapies she tried worked, saying the depression 'ran its course' in 2014

Depression: She was admitted to a psychiatric hospital but she said she felt ‘less safe’ and that none of the cures or therapies she tried worked, saying the depression ‘ran its course’ in 2014

Marian then released Again, Rachel – a sequel to the black comedy novel – last year, and it catches up with Rachel and the Walsh family 20 years after her rehab visit.

Speaking about writing the sequel, Marian previously said she felt herself drawn back to Rachel because of her connection with her ‘as an addict’.

She told The Guardian that Again, Rachel recognises the ‘vulnerability that an addict lives with every day’.

‘Every single day there is a possibility that your life could kind of slip off, slip out of being normal and fall through the cracks again,’ she said.

Marian went on to describe rehab as one of the ‘happiest times’ in her life, saying there was a ‘camaraderie’ and desire to help each other.

She explained: Having gone through rehab myself, it was one of the happiest times of my life in a bizarre way. 

‘The bonds that you form with the people in your group, the other walking wounded … we were all trying to help each other.’

Career: Marian has tackled an array of subjects such as depression, domestic violence and alcoholism in her bestselling books

Career: Marian has tackled an array of subjects such as depression, domestic violence and alcoholism in her bestselling books

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