Amy Winehouse Needs to Be Rescued


Jun. 17 2009, Published 5:24 a.m. ET

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If you think Amy Winehouse's recovery from drugs in St. Lucia isn't going too well, what with her alcohol problem, you're not the only one: her parents say the singer is still in denial about her life and needs to be rescued.

Janis Winehouse tells ITV News that Amy is really in trouble.

"The need to rescue her is enormous," says Janis. "I just want her to be okay and I would do whatever it took to make that right. Amy is in denial all the time. She probably feels trapped, her body is trapping her. But I know with addiction you do not have the choice because the substance itself directs you."

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Her mom adds that in trying to get over her drug problems, alcohol has taken its place.

"I want to say to her – 'Amy, what are you doing? Don't you know what you're doing?' But she by then has got herself on to it to help her get through, and I understand that."

Amy's dad Mitch Winehouse is hurting for his daughter too, adding, "I need my daughter to be a whole person again. I tried it all – I said, 'Amy you've got to do this, you've got to go to this doctor, you've got to do this, you've got to do that, you're killing me, you're killing your mum'. None of it worked."


Mitch reveals that Amy is on a drug replacement program, but that she's been drinking heavily in St. Luci.

"For the last six months there's been a remarkable recovery," he reveals."A gradual recovery, which is good. With slight backward steps – not drug backward steps, more drink backward steps if you follow my drift. I think that will be the pattern of recovery."

As for who's to blame for her drugged out past, Mitch is laying responsibility on the shoulders of Amy's ex, Blake Fielder-Civil.

"The option of them being together is too horrible to contemplate. They are going to get divorced and who knows what's going to happen down the line," he says. "Amy and Blake have decided that they want to get on with their lives separately, and if they get back together again in the future and they're both clean and they still love each other, that's up to them."

For their own sakes, let's hope that reunion doesn't happen for a very, very long time.


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