However, the process of getting better hasn't always easy, and in fact, the 51-year-old admits that sometimes it's "one minute at a time.”
Right now, Richards focus is on positivity and moving forward.
"If I look too far back, or look too far forward, it gets kinda crazy and I get fearful, or you know, too much catches up," she admitted. "So, living in the present, for me, is just the best way, and it's the only way for me."
As for how she stays in the moment, Richards says, “Just waking up this morning, just getting on my knees, and saying, 'Thank you!' And just looking at all that's around me right now.”
"I love sobriety," Richards told ET in July. "I've always loved sobriety, and relapsing was very hard for me. It was not easy. I have to say, don't take this wrong, but I really wanted to go to treatment because I needed a break from what I was going through at home."
"It's hard, because, you know, I'm a friend," she continued. "I'm not, you know, a sober companion. Obviously, I'm not a coach. You know, I'm there for her as a friend. I will always take her calls, and that's really all I can say about it right now."