After just a week in treatment for anxiety and stress, LeAnn Rimes is making strides in tackling her emotional issues.
“She’s already feeling better, stronger,” a friend of the country star tells PEOPLE in its new issue.
“This is just a time for me to emotionally check out for a second and take care of myself and come back in 30 days as the best 30-year-old woman I can be. All the things in my life will be there when I get out, but you know what? I’m hoping they’re not going to affect me as much. I’ll have the tools to know how to deal with them.”
She followed that up with this when People asked her to elaborate on her rehab stay:
“I’m happy and healthy. I just want to be happier and healthier more consistently. I don’t want to wake up and not truly be enjoying my life and these amazing things around me.”
Man. This is an awful lot of statements about one woman’s decision to check out of life for a little while to focus on healing some long-open sores. It’s no wonder she’s in rehab, jeez.