COURTNEY LOVE Pops For A Personal Drug Czar

The following article appeared in today's edition of the New York Daily News:

Courtney Love is determined to kick her pill habit.

The [former] HOLE singer confirms she has hired a round-the-clock minder to help her stay clean.

"He travels with [bleeped]-up rock stars to make sure they don't take drugs," Love tells us, bluntly.

Speaking for the first time about her "therapist guy," she says, "He's like a policeman who sees to it that certain people can't get to me." She declined to name him or give other details about him.

Love, who is getting herself in shape to play Lady Macbeth in a film produced by Luc Besson, explains that "since I'm traveling all the time, I can't always make [rehab] meetings."

Love's dis-enabler may be portable, but he turned into an issue early this month when Love was flying on Virgin Atlantic from L.A. and wanted him to sit with her in first class. Flight attendants insisted they would have to talk in the lounge.

The argument escalated, and Love was arrested when she arrived in London. She was released 12 hours later with a warning to behave herself.

Despite those headlines, the ex-grunge goddess doesn't think her drug problem is unusual.

"Every woman in America is on Xanax," the anxiety-reliever, she says. "You can go to a taco stand in L.A. and get it. It's the No. 2 drug in America, and it's completely addictive."

About halfway through a 60-day program to rid her life of Xanax, she has also been off the fashionable painkiller Vicodin for 50 days. Recently, Love has been in Hawaii with her 10-year-old daughter, Frances Bean. She's also working with former 4 NON BLONDES frontwoman and songwriter Linda Perry on an album. For the moment, she says, "I'm happy."

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