The troubled rocker is sent to rehab after admitting she violated her probation terms

By Marla Lehner
Updated August 19, 2005 02:50 PM

Courtney Love was ordered into a rehab program Friday after tearfully admitting she used drugs in violation of her probation terms.

“I think that you need to hit rock bottom before you make a decision about what you’re going to do in the future,” Superior Court Judge Rand Rubin told Love, according to the Associated Press.

Love’s voice cracked as she said, “Yes, your honor,” when asked by Rubin if she understood she was admitting to three probation violations. Love, who is on probation in three separate cases, was in court for being under the influence of a controlled substance, which wasn’t identified. She’ll attend a 28-day drug treatment program.

Love, wearing a brown jacket, patterned skirt and high-heeled boots, was told to enter a treatment facility by the end of the day. Her attorney, Howard Weitzman, wouldn’t name the facility.

She also was ordered to appear in court again on Sept. 16 for sentencing on the probation violations.

“There will be sentencing and some further consequences at that time,” Rubin said. “I think you either need a long-term drug program or a long term in County Jail.”

Outside court, Weitzman admitted Love had had a relapse but said she will “deal with it.”

“She’s serious. She’s sincere. And she’s pretty tenacious about getting her life in order,” Weitzman added.

At a recent Comedy Central roast of Pamela Anderson, Love, the widow of Kurt Cobain, announced to reporters she was “clean and sober,” though she hardly appeared out of sorts during the program, stumbling around on stage and flashing the audience.

In July, Love told PEOPLE that she was a changed woman: “I’m totally a homebody,” she said. “I go to my AA meetings. I got really disconnected when I was doing drugs, and now I’m sort of reconnecting with friends.”