Luann de Lesseps may have relapsed once but she’s not planning on doing it ever again.
“I’m in a really good place,” Luann explained, admitting that she is 40 days sober. “I don’t feel like drinking. I’m committed to my sobriety. I want it more than anything.”
“I have temptations and I go, ‘Wait, that’s the old Luann.’ Because you’re so trained… it’s like second-hand. But I feel like I’m in the driver’s seat now,” she added. “I feel free of the shackles of alcohol. Not to say it’s not a struggle, but for the moment, I don’t feel like drinking at all. It’s this new freedom and I love my freedom.”
Luann first entered rehab in December 2017 following her drunken Christmas Eve arrest. She then emerged from rehab stronger but relapsed in July 2018 after her ex-husband and children sued her over the $8 million sale of their former Hamptons home.
After an intervention led by her RHONY co-star, Bethenny Frankel, Luann returned to rehab on July 16.
“It meant a lot to me,” Luann admits. “I had Charlie’s Angels swoop in! I had one friend who took care of my financial situation with the legal thing. I had one who was really looking into what rehab I was going to go to. And then Bethenny, who really took care of the television side and helped orchestrate that.”
“She really was instrumental in helping me get sober,” Luann said of Bethenny. “She just wiped it off my plate. She was like, ‘You have to go to rehab.’ I’m so grateful.”
Meanwhile, Luann says that she had an ‘aha’ moment during her second stint in rehab.
“I feel like I’ve had a turning point,” said Luann. “I want to continue the success of my cabaret. This means everything to me. I’m not going to let drinking get in the way. It’s too menial. I don’t want to mess it up.”
“It’s crazy, but a very dear friend of mine said to me, ‘You know, you’re not pretty when you drink. Your face changes,’ ” she recalled. “And not that I’m so vain, but it was like a switch that went off.”
“When I watch the show and I watch what happened in Colombia, it turns me off to drinking completely,” she said. “The thought of drinking kind of repulses me at the moment.”
And apparently, Luann doesn’t miss drinking at all. “I’ve totally turned on to mocktinis,” she said. “And I don’t wake up in the morning and go, ‘Damn, I wish I have a hangover.’ ”
I’m happy that Luann is sober but I think she still needs to take things day by day. Recovery isn’t easy. I hope she isn’t doing too much too soon.