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Luann de Lesseps Details Exactly How She's Staying Sober

The RHONY cabaret singer opens up about her life these days as she remains committed to her sobriety.

By Jocelyn Vena
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Luann de Lesseps is taking her sobriety day by day — and that includes coming up with coping mechanisms for when she does feel the urge to drink.

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“It’s like you go to the beach and stand in the ocean and the wave is coming and it’s like, ‘Oh my God, here it comes!’ And then it comes and it breaks and it goes away," The Real Housewives of New York City cabaret singer revealed on SiriusXM’s The Jenny McCarthy Show on Wednesday (August 14) about living sober. "So do those feelings. So if you can just give yourself a deep breath and a minute to be like, ‘It’s OK. I feel this way. It’s alright to feel this way. It’s OK to want to drink because that’s — you have been doing this your whole life. So take a deep breath and you know, reach for that mocktail.'”

Speaking of that "mocktail," the cabaret singer then shared what her go-to drink has become as she has adjusted her lifestyle. “I’ll have a mocktail. You know, what I’ve gotten into is Heineken Zero, so I feel like I’m having a beer. I like beer in the summer because it’s cold and thirst-quenching. So I’ll have a Heineken Zero so I feel like I’m drinking and I’ll vape too!" she said. "I’ll take a puff on a vape and get through the moment. You think it's so big, and if you give it a second it goes away and then you can deal with it"

Luann's journey will sobriety has been filled with some ups and downs. She has gone into treatment twice since her December 2017 arrest and later admitted to having "slipped" earlier this year and violating her probation.

Luann had been put on probation until August in connection with her 2017 arrest. She previously opened up about nearing the end of it after that alleged probation violation earlier this year.

"The outcome was that I got stricter probation rules until the end of August," she said on WWHL earlier this month. "So I'm almost done and then this will be behind me 100 percent. But I paid very dearly for the last year for one very big mistake. I'll be glad to put it behind me. And I feel like I learned a lot about myself in this year — it's been more than a year."

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