LOOKING at Ella a year ago with a battered face and shaven head and comparing her to now – smiling and happy – you wouldn't think she was the same person.
But she is – and she's opened a TikTok account to share her 20-year battle with alcoholism and substances to inspire other people in her position.
As of today she is 451 days sober. 'We do recover,' she says.
Showing a picture of herself in March, she said: "I was homeless, insane, hooked on alcohol and cocaine, hooked on anything to stop me feeling.
"I was completely hopeless and couldn't picture a clean life.
"Not only have I got my life back on track but I am continuing to grow every single but I have a life worth living.
"If I can get clean, you can get clean."
She went onto say she had hit "multiple rock bottoms" over 20 years but had fought through them to recover and was the happiest she had been, sober and clean.
She's celebrated multiple triumphs since then including a random urine test – which found no drugs in her system.
"I'm in a really good place," she said. "It's one day at a time though."
For help with alcohol abuse visit https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/
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