I’m an Alcoholic, 258 Days Sober

Step one. After calling herself “an alcoholic” within the season 15 premiere of The Actual Housewives of Orange County, Braunwyn Windham-Burke candidly opened up about her journey to sobriety.

“Once I first bought sober, I used to be scared I wouldn’t be enjoyable anymore, that my life was going to be boring. I actually thought alcohol made life pleasant, and that’s unhappy,” the Bravo persona, 42, wrote in a Glamour essay printed on Thursday, October 15. “Now, 9 months later, I understand that’s under no circumstances true. Actually, I dance much more now as a result of I can keep awake. I typically used to move out at, like, 7 p.m. as a result of I had been consuming all day. So yeah, I even have far more enjoyable now.”

Windham-Burke acknowledged that she “by no means had a wholesome relationship with alcohol” after taking her first sip on the age of 14. She would drink till she “blacked out or bought sick” and solely prevented liquor whereas pregnant or nursing her seven youngsters with husband Sean Burke.

Braunwyn Windham-Burke Alcoholic Celebrates 258 Days of Sobriety
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“I went to a gathering after I lived in Miami, however as an alternative of sticking to a program, I simply bought pregnant,” she recalled. “I’ve seven children, in order that’s an enormous chunk of my life that I used to be sober — or I ought to say, not consuming. Now I understand there’s a distinction between not consuming and being sober, for me.

The fact star realized she had an issue after watching herself on TV and having “no recollection” of a number of the scenes she filmed. She additionally admitted that she put relations and the present’s crew “in actually uncomfortable positions” by overdrinking.

Windham-Burke determined to make a change in January whereas celebrating her costar Kelly Dodd’s birthday in Miami, the place she was “consuming across the clock” to the purpose the place she “began shaking” every time she didn’t have a drink in her hand. She referred to as her pal Leah Shafer and requested to talk to Shafer’s girlfriend, Beneath Deck star Captain Sandy Yawn, who has been sober for 30-plus years.

“We talked for an hour, throughout which period I instructed her what I used to be coping with and requested if I might do that [sobriety journey] on movie,” Windham-Burke wrote. “She mentioned, ‘Completely, however that you must personal it on the present. It’s essential to be accountable, in any other case you’re going to drink once more.’ Earlier than I might change my thoughts, I referred to as my producer and mentioned, ‘That is the reality: I’m an alcoholic. I’ve been for a few years, and I have to get sober. Let’s inform this story.’ 5 days later, we began filming.”

The stay-at-home mother marked 258 days of sobriety in an Instagram put up on Wednesday, October 14, the day RHOC returned to Bravo.

“9 months in the past my life was unmanageable, however at present I’m happier then [sic] I’ve ever been, dwelling life actually on life’s phrases,” she wrote.

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