While other women hashed out old feuds or perpetuated preexisting problems, Renee Graziano made Season Three of Mob Wives all about her–in a good way. By taking the courageous step to seek treatment for a prescription addiction, and allowing the cameras to come along with her, Renee opened a door to the difficulties so many face, proving that addiction is not something that just goes away.
VH1 spoke with Renee before the Mob Wives reunion, to hear more about her experience at a rehab center in Florida and what it’s like to be back in the crazy world of reality television.
VH1: You were very brave to show what you went through on camera. I’m sure that helped a lot of people.
Renee Graziano: I get a lot of people that contact me and they say it did and that to me, I would do it a million times over. I wish could share the rest of what’s happened to me if I knew it could get that kind of results.
Was it scary to put your struggles on TV? Do you have any second thoughts about showing your experience?
No! What I do, I do. It’s just me. I’m not going to stop because there are cameras–ever. First of all, there have been cameras around me since I was a little girl, way before Mob Wives, and newspapers way before Mob Wives, so for me it’s almost normal. Knowing that I’ve kept quiet for 20 years, suffering from abuse and addiction, it was almost like, “You know what, Mom and Dad? I couldn’t tell you but now I’m going to tell a million people,” because this is what happens if you can’t share such a problem. So I’m good with everything I’ve done, I mean I’m embarrassed but I’m human. I think that’s why going to rehab on camera was even better for me because I wanted people to know that I’m not superwoman; I breakdown, and when I breakdown it’s not screaming and crying, I’m breaking on the inside and people don’t see that. You see the outside you don’t feel what’s on the inside. I suffered [and] that was it.