'Real Housewives' Star Kim Richards Celebrates Sobriety

By David Konow 09/11/17

The reality TV star revealed that equine therapy has played a major role in her recovery process. 

Kim Richards

Kim Richards, best known for her larger-than-life antics on the reality television show Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, has had very public struggles with drinking. Her arrest for public intoxication in 2015 made headlines, and shortly after she entered rehab again.

Now the 52-year-old star tells E! News she’s sober and happy, thanks to equine therapy.

As Richards revealed, she’s been spending time at Skydog Ranch, a horse sanctuary where people can volunteer. The owner of Skydog, Clare Staples, is Richards’s sponsor.

Staples says, “I think those are the things you need to pick up in sobriety. There’s a certain amount of replacement therapy. When you’re changing your life to that extreme, you need to replace the addiction with somewhat of a new lifestyle. With Kim, she’ll show up here first thing in the morning. I think knowing that she’s coming here gives her a purpose and a reason to wake up every morning.”

“The horses make me feel so good,” Richards said. “I feel like I’m a part of something so huge and I know I’m making a difference. When I leave here, it’s like I’m in another world. I get this incredible feeling and I can’t wait to come back.”

The reality star said that spending time at Skydog helped her recovery process in a major way. "The Sanctuary keeps me grounded and keeps me at peace…Coming here has really been a major part of keeping me sober.”

Richards also revealed that she’s now a grandmother, a role which too has made a positive impact on her recovery journey.

After getting rid of what she calls her “old lifestyle,” Richards says that getting sober “just happened naturally” from spending time at the ranch.

"I found something healthy and beautiful to put myself in to, which doesn’t leave much room for the negative stuff," she shared. "This had 100% been very therapeutic for me. Being here helps me get out of my head. When you're constantly hands-on with something so beautiful and you're so busy with it there really isn't any time for negativity and bullshit. I just come in everyday and ride my horse.”

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In addition to contributing for The Fix, David Konow has also written for Esquire, Deadline, LA Weekly, Village Voice, The Wrap, and many other publications and websites. He is also the author of the three decade history of heavy metal, Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press), and the horror film history Reel Terror (St Martins Press). Find David on LinkedIn and Facebook.