"I'm not ashamed or embarrassed anymore," says the RHOBH star.

May 2, 2012 - The Dish

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kim Richards

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Kim Richards is ready to turn heads again – in a good way! "Everyone saw me take a huge spiral downward last year. Now, I'm really excited for people to see me work my way back up," Kyle's older sis confides to Wetpaint. "I want everyone to see that."

Kim –- who spent weeks in a rehab facility to treat her alcohol addiction -- is also inviting viewers into her recovery next season. "I'm going to be very into AA and spending time with the people who have been supporting me," says the 47-year-old mom.

Focusing on the positive, Kim's now looking forward to sharing her ups and downs and reaching people in similar situations. "People will say things to me like, 'You've saved my son's life,' or 'You've helped me so much.' You know, before, I used to have a really hard time admitting I was an alcoholic. But I'm not ashamed or embarrassed any more. It's made me a much stronger person and, hopefully, put me in a place where I can help other people."

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