When Kathryn C. Dennis returned to her hometown after getting treatment in California, Charleston was like a whole new city. Returning home also meant the Southern Charm mom had to tweak her routine to reflect her new sober lifestyle.
"When I returned to Charleson, it was very new. I had lived there my entire life, so everything had become very expected," Kathryn told The Daily Dish. "And whenever I got back, it just felt like I was seeing everything in a new light and I was having to find things to do because everyone just goes out and gets drunk. That's the social thing, that's the normal thing. And when you're sober, it's like, 'OK, well what am I going to do today? Go to the park, I guess.' But I guess returning I just learned to see Charleston in a different light."
Kathryn currently lives with her parents and is rediscovering Charleston by experiencing aspects of the city with fresh eyes. "It really wasn't new places. It was like new ways to experience them," she said. "Like there's pedicabs and carriages and I've never actually used them. They're typically for tourists, but I started taking them at night just to go to South of Broad [Street] when no one's down there. It's quiet and that was one of the funnest things I've done since I got back."
Earlier this season, Kathryn opened up about her decision to seek treatment, explaining that it was her parents who helped her make the decision to go to rehab. "The past year has been the hardest time in my life," she said during an episode earlier this season, also confirming that she did fail a drug test around the same time as the reunion last year (see the clip below). "I was totally lost. Not even embarrassed, humiliated, [and] ashamed. I mean, all of those combined. It's the most disappointed I've ever felt in myself in my entire life."
You can see where her journey leads her next on the Southern Charm season finale, airing Monday at 9/8c. Watch a preview, below.