Taylor Armstrong Blogs About Her Drinking Problem

By Valerie Tejeda 02/28/13

The Real Housewives star admits to "self-medicating" with booze after her husband's suicide.

Armstrong says others should focus on their
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Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong has opened up about her drinking on the official Bravo blog, after her on-screen intervention aired on Monday night. "I went through about nine months where I was drinking to cope with the pain and the memories," she writes, referring to the suicide of her estranged husband, Russell Armstrong, in August 2011. "I was drinking to forget, to stop the recurring images in my head, to relax enough to try to sleep at night. I quickly discovered that one glass of wine made it a little easier, two would help me forget, three, four—you get the point." The reality star also admits that she was "self-medicating" with alcohol, saying "the sad truth is that I didn't know another way to get through the days—and nights." In the Feb. 25th episode of the show, Armstrong was confronted over her boozing by fellow cast members, including newly sober Kim Richards, who completed her third stint in rehab a year ago. But although Armstrong writes that she's thankful for her "amazing support system," she implies that Richards needs to back off. "Kim, I love ya but, Dr. Drew you are not," she writes. "I know people who have been in 'recovery' for many years. People who are in recovery don't point the finger at others. They focus on their own sobriety. They are there for friends who ask for their help but they don't diagnose and offer treatment plans for others.”

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