Renee Graziano Says She’s Finally ‘Clean & Sober’ After Four Stints In Rehab
The ‘Mob Wives’ star overdosed on Oxycontin in 2007.
“When I’ve gone to rehab, it’s been because I would get high to not feel, to suppress my feelings and get out of my own head,” Renee told the site. “It has never been about partying, it’s been more about trying not to feel all of the physical and emotional pain from the abuse I’ve suffered.”
Renee has been open about her battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and is now an advocate for mental health, but admitted it took several health scares along the way for her to change. On July 4, 2007, Renee overdosed on Oxycontin after taking the drug to deal with the pain of a broken coccyx.
“I didn’t eat and I wasn’t sleeping for days at that point and my body caved in,” Renee previously told Radar. “I had almost no potassium and that causes a heart attack. I collapsed. I had an overdose and my mom didn’t know what to do so they called the ambulance. They put me on an IV and a 72-hour hold.”
In 2016, Renee’s friend and Mob Wives co-star Angela “Big Ang” Raiola passed away from brain and lung cancer at the age of 55. “How does one ever cope with death?” Renee said at the time. “Ang was the kindest soul, and the funniest woman I knew. She is with us in spirit.”
A year later, Renee entered rehab for the fourth time at Transitions Recovery Program in Miami, where she discovered she had a tumor in her stomach. “This is what happens when you neglect your body and don’t pay attention,” she said.
On how she’s coping today, Renee told Radar, “I take it one day at a time.”
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