Money can't buy you class, but some help and some hard work can get you your sobriety -- and a comeback.
After missing last season's reunion while in rehab, Luann is back.
Not only is she filming scenes for the new season, she's celebrating 100 days of being sober.
Luann de Lesseps is back at it!
By it, we mean filming. She is still very much not drinking, thankfully.
TMZ reports that Countess Luann recently celebrated 100 days of sobriety.
As of Wednesday, November 14, it has been 121 days since we reported that she was returning to rehab.
(It may be that her celebration wasn't so recent, or it may be that she's not counting her time in rehab where there's no temptation)
According to TMZ, her extended sobriety has resulted in a "domino effect" across multiple areas of her personal life.
And that positive spin has also extended to her professional life.
Luann has returned as a Full Housewife for the new season of The Real Housewives of New York City.
(We know that it was always expected, but there were people who thought that she'd quit or even get fired not so long ago)
In fact, TMZ reports that the Countess is already filming scenes for the new season.
After she missed the reunion taping last July, she had to play catch-up with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live.
Recovering from a relapse can be rough, but hopefully, she won't have to miss any filming this year.
She's definitley closing 2018 on a more positive beat than she did the year before.
It's been almost 11 months since Luann's arrest in Florida in late 2017.
At the time, what could have been an awkward incident -- or, at worst, a trespassing charge -- turned into a scandal.
Luann apparently resisted arrest and even kicked an officer.
It's an understatement to say that she was under the influence of alcohol at the time.
Though some have cynically suggested that she cleaned up her act as a ploy to avoid prison time, the arrest was a real wakeup call for Luann.
Luann entered rehab and returned to her life.
Everything seemed to go well for her ... until this summer.
After receiving some upsetting news -- that her ex was suing her -- she ended up relapsing.
As is so often the case for people who abuse any kind of substance, she used the alcohol to self-medicate.
Luann drank an unbelievable amount at that time and realized that she had let her guard down.
So she returned to rehab, even though it mean missing the reunion special.
Her health was worth it.
Now, Luann has been sober for months.
And she aims to stay that way.
Some went so far as to suggest that Luann would no longer be "interesting" as a Housewife if she isn't drinking.
That is ridiculous, of course.
Not everyone "needs" to drink in order to be fun or interesting.
Without alcohol, Luann is healthier and happier and able to be more present.
Good for her.