Courtney Denies Addiction

Singer explains events surrounding October arrest

Though Courtney Love faces two felony counts of drug possession, she insists that she does not have a substance abuse problem.

"I want to make one thing clear right now," she says in the new issue of Us Weekly, which hits newsstands this week. "I do not take narcotics. I have taken prescription pills, and I went to rehab once. I take Xanax that is prescribed to me, but practically everybody does that nowadays. But I do not take street narcotics."

The charges stem from an October arrest when Love was picked up for trying to break into the Los Angeles home of her ex-boyfriend, producer Jim Barber. She tells the magazine that she was there to pick up a CD so that she could finish some lyrics. "I warned the neighbor," she says, "I said, 'It's Courtney. It's going to be a little noisy for a second.' Then bam! Apocalypse Now! Helicopters, cops, megaphones." Love is still awaiting arraignment on charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance from the incident. But after her release that night, she was rushed to an emergency room and treated for an overdose. Love says that she mistook the dosage for a prescribed sleeping pill, popping a 20 mg pill rather than a 2 mg one. "It was the worst experience of my life," she says. "It was so painful and embarrassing."

The most pressing concerns for Love now are the possession charges, which have the potential for a prison term, though under the California's Prop 36 measure, non-violent drug offenders can enter rehab instead of jail; she's scheduled for a hearing on November 12th. There's also the issue of custody of her child Frances Bean, who was placed with her grandmother Wendy O'Connor (Kurt Cobain's mother) after Love's arrest. Love says that Frances is now with Love's stepfather and sister, and that she has visitation time every day.

Despite all that is going on, Love is still planning a late-February release for her solo debut, America's Sweetheart.