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Cheryl Burke Admits Drinking Has Been 'On My Mind A Lot More Than Normal'

Aug. 9 2022, Published 5:21 p.m. ET

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Cheryl Burke is getting candid about her sobriety journey, something she admits can be a time-taking process.

"Last week I said I wasn't OK," she recently admitted. "This week, I'm still pissed but I know that this whole issue that we're going through right now is going to be a long process."

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"[I] just can't let it ruin my life because it is what it is, and right now, it's out of my control," the Dancing With the Stars alum added of having thoughts about drinking. "So right now I'm trying to practice what I preach and I'm trying to just take it day by day, hour by hour."

The 38-year-old has been quite vocal about her struggles with alcohol after she decided to quit drinking in 2018. She said that even though she hasn't been feeling like drinking again, the thought has been on her mind "a lot more than normal."

After speaking to her therapist, she realized she hadn't completed the program's fourth step and has been stuck on it "for like the longest time now," but she intends to get back to it slowly.

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The progress has been evident in Burke's case — not only has she managed to stay sober, but she's also been able to identify her triggers. "I just noticed, though, when I was out with my friends the other night, that there's like a time frame when I should not be out, and I think it's, like, 10:30," she shared.

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"I know that's like a senior citizen time, but I noticed that after dinner, that people want to go out afterwards. I think I'm best just to drop people off as the designated driver and go on my merry way," she explained. "Because I am triggered by people who have more than maybe a couple drinks around me, especially late at night."

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Burke also said that her podcast gives her a space to hold herself accountable for her actions.

"I'm really trying to call it out, because that is the name of the game and so that I don't unfortunately or fortunately relapse," she said. "I don't want to have to even have that discussion. I think it's important to hold myself accountable and that's what I'm doing by talking to you guys."

Burke spoke about her sobriety in the new episode of her "Burke in the Game" podcast.

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