EXCLUSIVE: Tan Mom's First Post-Rehab Interview: "I'm Grateful to Be Alive"

Patricia Krentcil opens up about recovery and her alcoholism; says she would spend $300 a week on booze and drank two bottles of wine a day.

Patricia Krentcil opens up about recovery and her alcoholism; says she would spend $300 a week on booze and drank two bottles of wine a day.

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In June, Patricia Krentcil, better known as Tan Mom, sought help for alcoholism after appearing intoxicated in public on numerous occasions. In her first interview since completing a 30-day rehab stint at Florida’ Lukens Institute, the Nutley, N.J., mother of five opens up about her road to recovery exclusively in the new issue of In Touch.

Back with her family and striving to stay sober, Patricia admits of her struggles, “It’s work, but I’ve changed my attitude and behavior,” adding, “I feel great. My mind is clear and I’m grateful to be alive.”

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But Patricia’s recovery process is just beginning as she reveals that addiction runs in her family and the disease has caused her years of pain. “I was drinking two bottles of wine a day,” she confides to In Touch, on newsstands now. Drinking “made me not have to think,” says Patricia, who posed for ill-advised topless photos on the beach in April, when she was spending $300 a week on booze.

Though she says rehab was difficult, she’s proud of successfully completing the program. “I cried a lot,” says Patricia, who now sees a counselor once a week and attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. The experience has inspired her to consider becoming a counselor herself someday — but first she wants to simply enjoy time catching up with her family. “I’m very happy,” she says, “to be sober.”

For more from Tan Mom on her struggle to stay sober, rehab drama with other celebrities, and her new tanning trend, pick up this week’s issue of In Touch, on newsstands now.

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