James Argent says he's 'proud' of himself as he celebrates a year sober after near-fatal overdose

James Argent says he's 'proud' of himself as he celebrates a year sober after near-fatal overdose

ONE year on from an overdose that almost cost him his life, James Argent is celebrating his sobrierty.

The former Towie star, 33, proudly showed off his first year anniversary key rings from his Cocaine Anonymous group after ditching booze and drugs.

James, nicknamed Arg, is celebrating a year of sobriety after a near fatal overdose.

He shared a pic of his CA badges on his Instagram stories, which display the words, '1 year' on one and the other reads "faith, hope and courage".

"One year clean and sober… a huge milestone I'm extremely proud of," he captioned the photo and added a prayer hands emoji.

Arg shared his remarkable year in a video with his fans where he opened up about his brush with death and feeling amazing for being sober.

"A year ago today on my birthday I was rushed into hospital after a near fatal drug overdose," he said in the video.

"Today I’m over 11 months clean & sober, If I can achieve this in 2020 with everything against me then I believe I can achieve anything.

"Thank you for your love & best wishes. I will continue to make my Family, Friends & supporters proud of me."

The reality star is determined to swim to Africa as his next challenge, and has been training hard.

He saw 2020 out with an intense outdoor gym session and built up a serious sweat as he jumped up and down outside Romford's VIP HQ.

Trainers from the Essex gym were also seen giving the TOWIE favourite encouragement.

Arg, 33, has long battled with his weight and his highs and lows have been seen during his time on the ITVBe show and since his exit.

The pictures follow his recent vow to lose weight or die trying and was seen diving into the freezing sea in Kent as he prepared for a challenge of a lifetime.

Arg was seen getting greased up to prevent chafing – a serious problem for distance swimmers – before clambering into the waves for a three hour swim session.

Arg is celebrating almost a year of sobriety after kicking drugs by taking on the perilous challenge of swimming to Africa.

It will see him dodge sharks, jellyfish – and vast ocean-going tankers – on the ten-mile international journey between Spain and Morocco.

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