Michael, who plays mechanic Kevin Webster in the ITV soap, took himself to rehab last year after a troublesome period, during which he admitted trying cocaine to deal with a child sex abuse case he had become embroiled in.
He was later found not guilty on all charges, but after returning to work on 'Corrie' for just a few weeks, decided to go to rehab to deal with some "personal issues".
"He doesn't look too far in the future. Each day or week without booze is a triumph, but he also knows those 12 months are behind him and the important thing now is to go another 12 months without a drink - by taking each day at a time."
Michael reportedly credits regular Alcoholics Anonymous meetings with keeping him on the road to sobriety, and will soon receive his 'bronze chip', given to members of the organisation who manage a full year without drinking.
Since turning his life around, Michael is now fully back in the swing on the 'Corrie' cobbles, with his character even landing a new love interest in the past few weeks.