Courtney Love's made so much progress in her rehab stint that a Los Angeles judge relaxed the terms of her sentence a little bit on Friday (November 18). The singer is now allowed to do her time in an outpatient program instead of a residential treatment facility.
Love was sent away for a six-month sentence in September as punishment for having violated her probation when a drug-related incident sent her to the hospital in July (see "Courtney Love Ordered Back To Rehab For Six Months"). Judge Rand Rubin told Love at the time that he had been planning to send her to jail but decided that treatment would be a better option.
Even though Love's sentence is relaxed, she still faces certain restrictions. She's allowed to be at home but can only leave for limited, court-approved reasons, such as going to work, continuing her counseling sessions (three AA meetings a week), completing the terms of her community service and attending matters regarding her daughter's school. She was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and so far has completed just over half that (56 hours). Love also has a curfew — she's not allowed to be out past 10 p.m. And she's to continue to submit to random drug tests.
Love's spent her time in rehab writing new music that she's calling "The Rehab Demos." According to an interview she gave to U.K. newspaper The Guardian, Love's written eight new songs using a Martin acoustic guitar that producer Linda Perry gave her six weeks ago. Song titles include "The Depths of My Despair," "My Bedroom Walls," "Sad But True" and "How Dirty Girls Get Clean."
"I've had nothing but time in here," she told The Guardian. "There's not a lot of activities. You have to make your own fun, and my fun is my guitar, so I'm down to it and I have to really question what it is I do for a living. Primarily I do two things: I act and I sing, and if I don't do those things well, then I don't know what my objective is."
During her forced isolation, Love's also lost weight, tried to quit smoking and tried to stop relying on prescription drugs. "Being fat is one of the worst things that ever happened to me," she said. "I was taking one particular [prescription] drug, which is supposed to calm you down. The side effect was it put 40 pounds on me in a matter of eight weeks. I just got fat and I couldn't work."
Love has also returned to Buddhism to help her get through this period of her life.
"That's the trick. That's the ticket," she said. "When I was 24, I was a Buddhist, and that was responsible for the success of Hole in the first place and [helped] after Kurt [Cobain] died. Right around the time I did 'The People vs. Larry Flynt,' I started chanting and then I stopped. This is the third time I've really committed myself. I really got pushed to the wall and I realized that I have to discover this tract of Buddhism to rediscover myself."
Love's probation violation stems from three cases, two of which she struck plea agreements (see "Courtney Resolves Assault, Possession Cases With Plea Deal"). The cases involved charges of assault with a deadly weapon (which was reduced to misdemeanor assault with three years of probation), two felony counts of illegal possession of prescription painkillers (which was reduced to one misdemeanor count of possession of a forged or altered narcotic prescription with more probation), and being under the influence of those same prescription painkillers (for which she received a sentence of 18 months of drug treatment a year ago).
Love is due back in court for another progress report on January 20.