Taylor Armstrong reveals she developed a drinking problem after her husband’s suicide… Can you blame her?
Taylor Armstrong has had a very difficult couple of years. Her husband, under financial pressure, committed suicide in August of 2011, leaving Taylor alone to raise their daughter, and handle all of their financial problems on her own.
On the February 25 episode of ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,’ Kim and Kyle Richards approached Taylor about her drinking problem. Taylor, 41, listened to the girls as the aired their concern, and then later revealed some more secrets on her own Bravo blog.
“I went through about nine months where I was drinking to cope with the pain and the memories. I was drinking to forget, to stop the recurring images in my head, to relax enough to try to sleep at night,” wrote Armstrong, whose estranged husband Russell committed suicide in August 2011. “I quickly discovered that one glass of wine made it a little easier, two would help me forget, three, four — you get the point.”
Armstrong continued, “I was self-medicating and the sad truth is that I didn’t know another way to get through the days — and nights. I was confronted with the truth that the life I thought I had was only an illusion. What I finally realized was that ‘pain waits for you.’ I would medicate for a day and the next morning all the emotions would come flooding back — not to mention the massive headache.”
“Thankfully,” Armstrong wrote, “I had an amazing support system and they helped me realize that it was time for me to feel my emotions and let the healing begin.”
The reality star and mom to 6-year-old Kennedy added that former child star Richards “is no Dr. Drew” and wasn’t in a position to be doling out advice. “She doesn’t spend enough time with me to be evaluating anything about my life,” Armstrong wrote of the Escape to Witch Mountain star, who completed her third stint in rehab in January 2012. Regardless, she praised her friend’s recovery. “I care for her and am deeply happy that she is having success with her sobriety, finally.”
Armstrong also apologized to new cast member Yolanda Foster, with whom she butted heads in earlier episodes. “When she and I met, I was in a bad place. I was in no state of mind to be making new friends,” Armstrong said of the Dutch model. “I was watching my life fall apart and looking at her perfect life wasn’t helping. I was convinced that I would never love or trust another man again and here she had two successful marriages and a beautiful family.”
Armstrong, who was prescribed anxiety medication by her doctor, added that she did take at least “some” of the Richards sisters’ advice.
“I did three things. I decided Kyle was right and it was time to leave the house [that I shared with Russell]. I needed to let go of that final piece in order to move on with my life. I took Kim’s suggestion and went to the mountains for the winter. I have taken that opportunity to heal and to spend time with Kennedy enjoying the simple things,” she explained. “Finally, I went cold turkey off my medication. Not recommended but, I am a bit of an extremist — in case you haven’t noticed.”
Armstrong said she’s in a much better place today. “I am happy and healthy. Kennedy is happy, laughing, and singing everyday,” she wrote. “I’m coming home to Beverly Hills as a new woman with my past behind me and a new life in front of me.” The single star concluded her blog post with a “big kiss from my big lips.”
I can only imagine how it would be to be in her shoes. Of COURSE she would turn to something to ease the pain of dealing with everything that she has been left to deal with. I think it’s understandable. I think it’s commendable that she’s open and talking about it, and that she’s making positive steps towards healing.