Wendy Williams is taking the steps to seek treatment for herself after returning from an extended break away from her talk show.
Williams made the announcement Tuesday morning on her show in New York, telling her audience she has been living in a sober facility in the Tri-state area as she deals with ongoing struggles with addiction.
She did not reveal exactly what the problem is but admitted she has had struggles with cocaine in the past and never fully received treatment.
Williams said that every day after she tapes her show, she does pilates, then visits family before being driven to the sober facility, where she is placed on lockdown. She said the “smelly men” she lives with in the sober facility have become her family and she has long talks with them about addiction.
“After I go to the pilates and go to several meetings all around town in the tri-state area,” Wendy explained, “and I see my brothers and sisters caught up in their addiction and looking for help … They don’t know I’m Wendy. They don’t care I’m Wendy. It’s the brothers and sisters caught up in the struggle. It’s been really interesting this ride.”
She added, “We talk and read and talk and read and then I get bored with them. Doors locked by 10:00 PM, lights out by 10:00 PM. So I go to my room and stare at the ceiling and fall asleep to come here and see you. So that is my truth.”
A sober facility acts as a bridge in between a treatment facility and the “real world,” that helps patients adjust back to normal life and gives them the tools to continue on a positive path.
She said she has a 24-hour sober coach, and while living in the facility is on a strict 10 PM “lights out” protocol. Williams said nobody, aside from her husband and son, has known about the treatment.
Williams also touted The Hunter Foundation, a non-profit she founded with her husband that works towards drug education and rehabilitation.
Back in January, Wendy took an extended leave from “The Wendy Williams Show” after announcing she was suffering complications from Graves’ Disease.