Kim Richards’ First Post-Rehab Interview: I Drank to Cover the Guilt & Shame

In her first post-rehab interview, Kim Richards reveals why she landed in treatment and how she’s fighting to stay sober. The interview airs during the third part of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion (on Feb.13), and Life & Style spied an exclusive first look. In the interview, the 47-year-old speaks to Andy Cohen about checking herself into the Betty Ford Center for alcoholism and substance abuse in early December.

“I just didn’t like me anymore,” she says. “I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror.”

Kim admits that she’s had a long battle, saying, “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].”

When she thinks back about what landed her in rehab, she says, “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.”

She’s getting support from her sister Kyle and making strides at a sober life. “At least I’m trying,” Kim says. “I’m really trying.”