Help at last? Amy Winehouse on the verge of checking into rehab

By KATIE NICHOLL

Last updated at 22:15 24 November 2007


After she was pictured with a nose full of white powder following another incoherent gig, I am relieved to hear that singer Amy Winehouse is on the brink of coming to her senses – and checking herself in for a serious dose of rehab.

The 24-year-old – who famously sang the lyrics "They tried to make me go to rehab, but I said no, no, no," – has so far shunned proper professional help for her drink and drug abuse, quitting within hours on the few occasions she has enrolled on treatment programmes.

But friends say she is now planning to check into The Priory in the New Year and make a determined effort to end

her problems.

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"Amy has always been against rehab, it's been her one rule but her family and friends are working on getting her to do it," says a friend.

"Amy finishes her current tour in the middle of December. She has promised to consider going to The Priory if she doesn't get clean over Christmas. She is miserable and, with her husband in jail,

she has reached an all-time downer.

"The fact is Amy's shambolic appearances have been losing her fans, and ultimately

it's losing her business.

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There have been some serious talks between

Amy and her management, who are

trying to convince her that in order to

continue her success she needs to sort

out her private life.

"Her parents

are also trying

to persuade her

to get some professional

help

to try to kick

her drug habit."

I'm told Amy's

father Mitch,

who recently

introduced

her to Yogabeats, a yoga-based therapy that can

apparently cure crack cocaine habits, is desperate

for her to check into a clinic.

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Last week, Amy's mother Janice revealed

she was pleased that her daughter's husband

Blake Fielder-Civil, 25, was

behind bars because it would give

Amy a chance to get off drugs.

He was remanded in

custody again on Friday,

accused of assaulting

a landlord and attempting

to pervert the

course of justice.

A spokesman for Amy

insisted she was planning

to start the New Year by

working, adding: "She is going

back into the studio to record

another album."

Let's hope, for Amy's sake, that

she finds time to

sort herself

out first.

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