‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Star Kim Richards Enters Rehab
Real Housewife of Beverly Hills Kim Richards is finally seeking treatment for her alcohol problem. But wil the treatment stick?
Sure, Kim Richards’ drunken antics may make for dramatic television; but substance abuse is no laughing matter, and thankfully, Kim is finally seeking treatment for hers. Multiple sources have confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star has entered rehab, though the location of the treatment center is being kept under wraps.
Kim’s trip to rehab comes not a moment too soon. Her problem had gotten to the point where the people around her started calling her out on it, resulting in a fierce fight between Kim and her sister Kyle on last season’s finale. Then, in October, new co-star Brandi Glanville accused Kim of being “wasted out of her f***ing mind,” leading to yet another shouting match.
According to People, Kim has been on anti-anxiety, antidepressant, and anti-seizure mediation for some time now; the anti-seizure meds, by the way, can apparently be used to treat alcoholism. It looks like the self-medication method wasn’t working so well for her.
Kim, as you may know, was once a child actress (she’s also Paris Hilton’s aunt), and unfortunately, it is far from rare for former child stars to develop substance abuse problems later on down the line. Some, like Drew Barrymore, manage to dry themselves out; others, like River Phoenix, aren’t so lucky. We can only hope that Kim’s rehab stay isn’t just one of those 30-day stints. Those never work, as we’ve seen time and time again. Bravo, which airs Real Housewives, hasn’t commented, but Kim’s co-star Adrienne Maloof told Us Weekly, “I wish her well. It’s a step in the right direction.” Likewise, Taylor Armstrong told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live, “I adore Kim and I stand behind her. And if there’s anything I can do to support her [I will]; but if she’s getting healthy what more could we ask.”
Tell us: Do you think Kim will sort herself out once and for all? Or is she likely to relapse?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.