Keith Urban Speaks Out About Rehab
Country superstar Keith Urban has released a video message to his fans on his official Web site. The almost 5-minute long video shows a darker-haired Keith, sitting in what looks like a living room, speaking about his recent trip to the Betty Ford Clinic.
Urban entered the rehabilitation facilities on Oct. 19 of last year and was just released last week. He explains to fans that he initially thought he'd only be staying for 30 days, but he found he had much more than a month's worth of learning to do.
"That first 30 days, I learned that abstinence is the ticket into the movie -- It's not the movie. So, learning about abstinence was one thing, but then there was all this other area of my life to start learning about," he explains. "And so 30 days became 60 . . . 60 days became 90. And with each week that passed, I found myself really learning to surrender . . . especially with my career."
The rehab stint came at a pivotal moment in the star's career, as his new album, 'Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Thing' was released less than three weeks after he checked himself in.
"It was far from an ideal time to go into treatment," he says on the video, explaining that he missed his birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas and, of course, the record's release. It was also less than four months after his wedding to Nicole Kidman.
"There was not a big cataclysmic event that happened right before I went in . . It was a lot of small things that were happening in my life . . . a lot of small moments that were starting to accumulate that were telling me very loud and clear that I was a long way from my program of recovery."
Urban sought treatment in the mid-90s for cocaine addiction. His camp insists this time around was strictly for alcohol abuse.
The recovering Urban is now in Europe for promotional appearances supporting 'Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Thing.' He plans to kick off a world tour in April.