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Kim Richards Opens Up About Her Alcoholism And Substance Abuse Struggles

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We're just so relieved that she's realized just how out of control her life really was.

Anyone who watched this season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills knows just how fargone Kim Richards had succumbed to her addictions to alcohol and drugs, and having finally gone through a 30-day rehab program, the reality starlet is opening up about her struggles!

She explains:

"I am an alcoholic. I just didn't like me anymore. I couldn't look at myself in the mirror. I've struggled with it, and I've been working on it for a while. I am a person who has done it and relapsed and done it [again]. I had so much guilt and shame for my behavior…then I drank to cover the guilt and shame and make it go away. It's a vicious cycle. At least I'm trying. I'm really trying."

We're happy to hear that you are, gurl.

It's very clear that you needed help and support in the fight for sobriety, and we wish you all the best as you continue you're recovery.

Stay strong! We're rooting for you!

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15 comments to “Kim Richards Opens Up About Her Alcoholism And Substance Abuse Struggles”

  1. 1

    Who the hell cares! She should have never been on the show! She had nothing to offer but her stupid rants! Wish Brandy popped her in the mouth talking shit & Kyle too! Team Brandy ALL the way!!! Kyle played along in your childish bullshit, hiding things and giggling like two bullies in high school!! What ever money you have u still have NO CLASS!! By the way, your a ugly drunk and nothing sexy about you for one second…

  2. 2

    The movies she made when she was a kid are adorable. It is a shame that she didn't want to pursue that as an adult. Of course, she was probably sick of it after supporting her mom and little sister for years and years.

    Hope Kim can get her shit together. Wish she would write a book about child stars growing up in the 70's/80's. I'd gladly buy it.

  3. 3

    I am glad she is trying….Now…apologize to Brandi…..!!!!!

  4. 4

    Yeah OK,,, but she will NEVER get clean/sober until she stops lying to herself, and rids her vocabulary of the fake words relapse and slip. both are excuse words. "oh I slipped and fell down"= accident,,,or ,,, "Oh my cancer relapsed" both terms carry the connotation that they are NOT RESPONSIBLE for their own actions. Drunks must face their problem with honsety or recovery will never work.

  5. 5

    STARLET, Perez?
    Not even in a parallel, "everything's opposite" universe!
    Not even standing between MTM and Betty White (altho she could do with some of Betty's goodness and honesty rubbing off, but I wouldn't take the risk of BW or MTM catching something)!
    Not even sitting on what's left of ZsaZsa's poor lap!
    Kim Richards is faded (or worse) 48 yearolds' fake, pathetic, emotionally f'd, irresponsible, victim-wannabe, still waiting for her close up like Norma Desmond!

  6. 6

    The only positive thing Kim Richards brought to RHoBH was to give us all a reason to cheer and quickly accept the honest-to-a-fault Brandi — they were perfectly matched as the delusional naked empress and Brandi, the kid who doesn't know better than to call her out for wearing no clothes!
    Kim owes Kyle and Brandi — and the rest of the cast (including Taylor - how dare Kim try to usurp the emotional/mental/physical abuse storyline?) multiple apologies.
    The only nice thing I can say about Kim is I'd rather read about her than the KarTRASHians. At least Kim R had some legit, g-rated talent to trade on (altho she, too, should get over it).

  7. 7

    With a sister like Kyle who needs enemies…she'd drink me to drink too.
    Kyle steals your house and then wants to be your bff, so passive aggressive

  8. 8

    Who watches this shit? All of these bitches are ugly. The one who has her picture in this post looks like Andy Dick.

  9. 9

    She has a long road ahead of her. The way she acted makes you wonder if she has ever been sober. I have never seen someone so pig headed and self absorbed. She needs to take responsibility for everything she did and for turning her sister Kyle into a Shrew!
    Shamela ditto on the apologies!

  10. 10

    Covering up her drug addiction with the "alcoholic" excuse is just her latest example of denial. Girl needs to admit she is an alcoholic AND a drug addict before her latest stint in rehab will do any long-term good. C'mon Kim - tell the whole truth. It will help others if you finally admit the whole truth.

  11. 11

    She is a frikkin mean saggy ass HAG! Go drink your self back into oblivion Kim, no one cares. You were never a Jodie Foster a Kim Fields or a Brook Sheilds. You were only a 2nd rate Disney child actor who stopped being cute quickly. Now you are nasty & disgusting & your sister is gorgeous but a real closet case because of you. Go away & recover from your predictable addiction on your own like a normal person.

  12. 12

    Re: ShamelaRe: Shamela – I agree totally Shamela. She was hardly a big child star. The sister was far cuter & she never crossed over into adult acting because she didn't want to she wanted to party instead. & Starlet? Laughable she is 48 almost 49 & cannot act he way out of a phone booth at this point in her life.
    I am glad she is getting help but 10 to 1 shot it don't last. She is a trainwreck & a self centered pig.

  13. 13

    Re: ShamelaRe: Shamela – I agree 100% with Shamela.
    Has been of 40 years Kim is nearly 50 & will never get real help til she stops being a self centered spoiled pig. So basically never. She is an ugly train wreck.

  14. 14

    All those girls on RHOBH were enablers, anyone who didn't recognize Kim had a problem or were in denial, have serious issues, especially Kyle.. Brandi was the only one real enough to point out the obvious regardless of if it put a target on her back or not!

  15. 15

    WHO CARES!!? All reality shows are scripted. Whatever happens on the show, or "supposedly" in real life, is the invention of the producer. These shows exist because they're cheap to produce. You don't need network-like ratings to be declared a hit. Thanks to the idiots who watch these fake reality shows, they're never going away.