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Leah McSweeney Shares an Update on Her Sobriety

The Real Housewives of New York City fashion mogul, mom, and author also opened up about how writing her book, Chaos Theory, helped bring her to “a really better place.”

By Anita Abedian
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The Real Housewives of New York City's Leah McSweeney has always been an open book when it comes to her life, particularly when it comes to reflecting on her personal struggles, including her journey with sobriety, which she first shared with viewers during Season 12 as a RHONY newcomer.

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As Leah had previously revealed, prior to joining the show, she had not consumed any alcohol for nine years, until she resumed six months before filming began.

“Once COVID hit, I knew quarantining and the way I drink would not work well say the least,” Leah said at the time in an interview with Us Weekly. “Not drinking during the pandemic has been a complete gift to me, and the nine years of living booze-free has made the transition much easier to deal with. I am so incredibly touched by the outpouring of love and support on social media. I want to remove the stigma and shame surrounding addiction and mental health issues as this is something I’ve been open about and will continue to be.” 

Recently, Leah shared a photo of herself on Instagram from an opening gala for a Broadway play, and revealed an update on her sobriety within the caption of her post, writing, "I'm not Cali sober anymore. I'm sober sober."

Leah also revealed in a recent interview with E! News how honestly facing her past battles and sobriety journey was difficult, but ultimately writing her book, Chaos Theory: Finding Meaning in the Madness, One Bad Decision at a Time, had helped her in the long run. "I learned more about myself by recounting my life and retelling my life and it brought me to a really better place than I was in when I started writing the book," she said.

Leah also went on to share an update on her sobriety, telling E! News, "I just went two years without alcohol on March 31, but I'm 90 days off of everything, because I was smoking weed too, which I realized I don't wanna do. So I started my day count over again and I'm kind of recommitting to sobriety and recommitting to my recovery. So my 90 days is tomorrow."

Last month, Leah opened up about continuing to confront the challenging experiences she has gone through in her life, which she candidly revealed in her book, Chaos Theory. The Married to the Mob designer shared, during an exclusive interview with Bravo Insider in April, how she hoped to help others while also helping to “make sense” of her own struggles.

“I was being really open about mental health and addiction on the show,” Leah said. “It’s always been a dream to write a book because I love to write, and it’s a great outlet for me.” She later went on to add, "I really hope that it helps people who are struggling with substance abuse issues and mental health issues, and maybe someone that is struggling with motherhood. I hope that it just makes someone feel better, or feel less lonely."


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