Kelly Osbourne Says Her First Year Of Sobriety Was Really Difficult

By Kelly Burch 11/26/18

Building up a sober community has been instrumental for Kelly Osbourne's success in her first year of sobriety.

Kelly Osbourne discussed the struggles of her first year of sobriety

The Osbourne family is known for telling it like it is, with colorful language to boot, so it’s no surprise that Kelly Osbourne is being candid about the difficulties of staying sober as she speaks about her one-year sobriety anniversary. 

“It feels amazing, but the first year is really hard for everyone,” Osbourne told In Touch. “People have this whole notion that you can be fixed and I am not fixed. I am now just beginning to start to know who I really am and I am not even close. Life is really scary but I get to do things for the first time all over again, which is great and just really figure out who I am and what I am but it’s tough. That first year is really f—ing tough.”

Osbourne, 34, has been in and out of treatment since she was a teenager. This time, she says, the benefits of sobriety have clicked for her. 

“I am not hungover and like a lot of my friends aren’t sober and when we do stuff, I am always the first one up, the first one out the door, you know,” she said. “I am excited about life in a whole new way.”

She said that her family—including mom Sharon, dad Ozzy and brother Jack—all supported her in their own ways. 

“They have just been amazing,” she said. “My brother has been the one, more than anything because he truly gets it. My mom is a normie… she is there for me as much as she can be. She will always manage to say that one thing that you’re like oh, why the f—k did you say that! But she is only trying to help because she cares so much. Without the support of my family this year, I don’t think I could have gotten through it. They have been there for me like crazy when I know that they should have given up on me by now, but they didn’t.”

Osbourne said that she is learning to cope with her feelings—which she said she “f—ing hates”—because in the past she’s been “numb the whole time.”

She said that building up a sober community has been instrumental for her success in sobriety. She’s learned to keep her focus on her sobriety. 

“Listen to what people are telling you to do, talk to people, don’t keep stuff in and just take it each day as it comes,” she said. “And if you fall, just dust yourself off and try again.”

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Kelly Burch writes about addiction and mental health issues, particularly as they affect families. Follow her on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.