Turns out, the star of Mob Wives, Renee Graziano have been secretly battling addiction for years before she finally checked into rehab.
Graziano decided to open up about her nightmare in an interview during which she explained that overdosing was in fact the wakeup call she needed to start taking care of herself and trying her best to sober up.
“I have suffered with depression for 25 years, and for years it was frowned upon to take medication for it. It was always ‘Just get over it!’” she said.
The 48 year old added that abusive relationships that she was in later turned into into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and that affected her addiction as well.
She even talked about the day that changed everything saying:
“It was on July 4th in 2007. I was prescribed pain medication for a broken coccyx, they were giving me oxys (sic oxycontin) and sleep meds. I didn’t eat and I wasn’t sleeping for days at that point and my body caved in. I had almost no potassium and that causes a heart attack. I collapsed.”
“I had an overdose and my mom didn’t know what to do so they called the ambulance. They put me on an IV and a 72-hour hold.”
Renee was terrified and so she began detoxing and continued doing it for a few days but that was just the beginning of her recovery journey.
“I was in rehab three times before this time now. This is my fourth attempt. So far I’ve been in 90 days at Transitions Recovery Program in Miami. They are amazing!”
“I went in on October 4th and spent two weeks detoxing because after the first week my stomach blew up and they found a tumor!” she said. “This is what happens when you neglect your body and don’t pay attention.”
This time, however Graziano says that she is determined to make it work no matter what.
“I’ve always been afraid of being happy. It’s been 25 years since I’ve felt that way. I’ve decided to stay in the program until March. I’m working the steps of Narcotics Anonymous for the first time!”