Alexis Neiers –– now Alexis Haines –– was notoriously filming the E! reality show “Pretty Wild” when police showed up at her home with a search warrant. As per Page Six, Haines maintains that she was “only ever at one house” and was the one who “had called the police on Nick [Prugo].” As she explained to the tabloid, Haines’ substance abuse issues created a “perfect storm” when combined with hanging out with a bad crowd. “My addiction turned me into the ugliest version of myself,” she said.
According to Fox News, she “served one month of a six-month sentence” before being arrested again for possession of a controlled substance (via TMZ), and reflected that all of these negative experiences didn’t just change her life –- they saved it (via Refinery 29). On top of getting sober, getting married, and having kids, Haines now runs Alo House, a drug rehab facility with her husband Evan, and dedicates her time to helping fellow survivors. “Had I not gone to jail,” she mused to Refinery 29, “I probably wouldn’t be here today … and saving lives by helping people get sober.”
The former tabloid scapegoat has since published a memoir and hosts a wellness podcast by the same name — “Recovering from Reality.” As she confirmed to Ravishly, she also became a doula after a traumatic labor with her second child. Feeling voiceless and ignored, she decided, “Instead of being angry, I wanted to figure out how I could help.”
If you or anyone you know is struggling with addiction issues, help is available. Visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website or contact SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).