Luann de Lesseps, celebrity reality tv star of Real Housewives of New York City admits that she is a recovering alcoholic. Unfortunately, an embarrassing incident at a gay bar led to her admission. It was reported by the New York Post that during a karaoke session, she grabbed the microphone and started to belch out cabaret songs.
This isn’t the first time that the featured cast member of the Real Housewives of New York City humiliated herself in public. A few years ago, Luann De Lesseps, also known as “the Countess” was arrested on Christmas Eve while in Palm Beach, Florida. The police charged her with disorderly intoxication, battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, and threatening a public servant.
You don’t have to be a member of the Real Housewives franchise, family of De Lesseps, or a rich and famous celebrity tv star to sympathize with Luann De Lesseps. Or cringe at the thought of what her closest friends and family is going through. Many of us have been there.
We’ve had to make excuses for family members who have succumbed to the temporary highs of alcohol, illicit drugs, and prescription pain killers. Many have attempted interventions and sought to pressure abusers to seek medical attention and to convince those who are still in denial. It looks as though Luann De Lesseps has come a long way and may recover yet.
As Luann De Lesseps said herself, “while I’ve made great strides over the years, there’s been times I’ve fallen. It’s one day at a time!” Interested in real housewives tips you can use to help a member in your family who has been enticed by substances to abuse them? Please read below
Real Housewives Tips for You
- Show more empathy and less judgement.
- Offer and give unconditional support and love.
- Separate the behavior from the person This means that you continue to express love for the person but to express dismay in their behavior.
- Have a frank conversation with him/her about your concerns.
- Present examples and incidents where they can recall (with you together) the times in which the substance impaired their judgement, decisions and behavior.
- Offer to take them to AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) or DA (Drug Anonymous) meetings.
- Identify the triggers that provoke substance abuse relapses and attempt to mitigate the possibility of occurrence.
- Take care of yourself too. You are of little use to yourself or others if you allow yourself to be fully drained of emotional energy.