Kim Richards has taken the first step on a hopeful path to recovery:
The reality star has admitted she needs professional assistance.
According to TMZ insiders, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star - who was arrested for drunken behavior on April 16 - has checked into a Malibu rehab facility.
Richards allegedly had way too much to drink at a lunch in the Beverly Hills Hotel... locked herself in the bathroom... and then kicked a police officer after being taken into custody.
She was booked and charged with trespassing, resisting arrest, public intoxication, and battery.
The issue of Kim's sobriety was a issue of contention for cast members and for anyone who chose to watch to watch The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills online.
Richards swore throughout the season that she was sober, but fights broke out with Lisa Rinna and sister Kyle over the validity of this statement.
Since her embarrassing arrest, the rumor mill has been churning over whether or not Kim Richards will return next year to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
One report said Richard had to attend rehab if there were any chance for her to continue on Bravo, which may explain why TMZ writes Kim will remain at this facility "for as long as it takes."
We hope she gets better.