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Last year, Danielle Staub rang in her 48th birthday at a New York strip club and reportedly signed a three-year deal with the venue this year to do another live appearance and occasionally appear on its website.
updated 5/19/2011 9:33:30 AM ET 2011-05-19T13:33:30

Danielle Staub is getting some help.

The former "Real Housewives of New Jersey" troublemaker tells People that the fallout from her last stripping appearance prompted her to seek treatment for issues that have been plaguing her for years.

"I have addictions with love and low self-esteem, and I need help!" she told the mag.

Don't worry, she explains what that means...

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"My low self-esteem, derived from childhood sexual abuse, has messed with my mind and self-worth, and over the years I thought about getting help but pushed it deep into the depths of denial," Staub continued. "For years I have had the suicide hotline on my cell phone and would like nothing more than to free myself from this constant pressure.

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"Seeing how I have hurt myself and my family this time, I can no longer push it behind me."

Last year, Staub rang in her 48th birthday at NYC strip club Scores and reportedly signed a three-year deal with the venue this year to do another live appearance and occasionally appear on the Scores website.

Well, ScoresLive.com made the most of the deal and recently featured a series of topless photos of Staub in a variety of provocative positions.

She tells People that her people "coaxed" her into signing the deal and that she has since "walked away."

"I have to own my mistakes and can't blame others," she concluded. Not even Teresa Giudice.

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    >>> after the explosive finale of season two of "the real housewives of new jersey" and the departure of the despised house wife , many viewers wondered if the drama would dissipate.

    >> the reality series premiers tonight with veterans theresa , carolynine and new additions, melissa and kathy.

    >> that sounds hawaiian not italian.

    >> it's not italian.

    >> what is it?

    >> lebanese.

    >> tell us how you're connected through family on this show.

    >> theresa is my sister-in-law. i'm married to her brother.

    >> theresa is my first cousin. her father and my mom are brother and sister.

    >> did you recruit?

    >> are you the recruiter of the people or did it just kind of happen?

    >> i'm not the recruiter. it just happened.

    >> i only saw the promos. it looked like a knock-down drag out at a christening.

    >> all hell break loose.

    >> a christening, how did we get to that point?

    >> anybody want to tell us what we are going to see?

    >> it's my son's christening you're going to see tonight. it's extremely deep. it's real. there are a lot of emotions going on. it's unfortunate. the cameras caught it all. it happens.

    >> you know the cameras are there.

    >> of course you know it's there. i don't know if tough's seen the episode. it's very deep.

    >> you knew this was going to happen when you got into it. nobody is forced to be part of a show like this.

    >> that's right.

    >> did you hesitate saying i don't want cameras in my face or my children's lives being chronicled?

    >> absolutely. i thought about it for months and months. i was nervous this was going to happen, and of course it did. here we are and i signed on the dotted line.

    >> caroline you are kind of the conscious. there is the connect with people. how is this season different? we look at this promo and think here we go again. give us a sense of what we are going to see.

    >> i think when you say chronicle, that's a good word. it's the lives of five children and their children and ups and downs . stuff happens .

    >> you are dealing with the boys leaving.

    >> my babies. who told them -- i'm sitting here. still standing.

    >> where are me going?

    >> they are living life. i am so proud of them. they are out there in the world doing their thing, doing what we taught them to do.

    >> do they have jay obes and they are soaring and flying high . proud mama.

    >> danielle was the lightning rod . who is the lightning rod this time?

    >> depends on who you're talking to, what day it is.

    >> what time is it?

    >> yeah.

    >> are you ever all tempted to say that is it, a many out of it?

    >> absolutely. it's draining.

    >> and any cohen says what?

    >> you know that charming thing he is.

    >> he tries to get you to look at the positive side.

    >> you have so many wonderful opportunities. it's been a tremendous roller coaster of the good and bad. if you want a great adventure, this is it.

    >> theresa , you're at a point where you can look back and say i'm in the middle of this thing. are you glad you're doing it? honestly, is this something you're pleased you're a part of?

    >> it is a great experience to be on the show. i was able to write my two books. but there is ups and downs . you're scrutinized. i didn't know getting into it. i was never on tv before. like i've heard, it comes with the territory.

    >> you're so quiet back there what do you bring to the table with this group of women?

    >> i am married to my best friend over 20 years, almost 20 years. i have two teenagers. it's just a little peek into our lives and how we relate to one another. melissa and i spend a lot of time together. i think that each of us bring a little something different. i think it will be a really good glimpse. see the emotion and passion and follow us.

    >> we can see it all tonight.

    >> season three of "the real housewives of new jersey" appears on our sister network bravo.

    >> how to beat the bloat.

    >>> you diet, you exercise, every time you glance down you can't believe the belly you

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