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It's been a rough week for Danielle Staub. Nude photos of the reality star hit the Internet early on Tuesday morning, right after Bravo's The Real Housewives of New Jersey premiered its third season without her (and without missing her).
The photos were taken during Staub's striptease at the Manhattan gentleman's club Scores, where, according to TMZ, the 48-year-old had recently signed a three-year deal to make one live appearance and others on scoreslive.com.
But now Staub is trying to stop this downward slide into public embarrassment. "I have addictions with love and low self-esteem, and I need help!" she tells People, adding that she has "walked away" from the stripping deal and is currently seeking treatment for psychological issues.
"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," she tells the magazine. "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. Seeing how I have hurt myself and my family this time, I can no longer push it behind me."
Staub also reveals that she has "sought out" guidance from Dr. Drew Pinsky, the celebrity psychiatrist and addiction expert from Celebrity Rehab and Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew.
Dr. Drew's shows are on VH1, also home of Staub's latest TV outing, the reality competition Famous Food (premiering July 10 at 10 p.m. ET). Staub and other infamous "stars," like The Bachelor's Jake Pavelka, The Hills' Heidi Montag and Eliot Spitzer's former call girl Ashley Dupre, will compete against one another, Apprentice-style, while opening a Hollywood restaurant.
Not for nothing, but another reality show sounds like the last thing Staub should be doing to overcome low self-esteem.