Wednesday, March 26, 2008


New mom Nicole Richie continues to get her life back on track by returning to her 18-month program of group counseling, one-on-one meetings and alcohol education on Wednesday in Los Angeles. (These classes were initially ordered after she pleaded guilty to DUI in July 2007.)

“She’s very coopera­tive and humble — she seems determined never to get into the same situation again,” an insider tells Life & Style. “She wants to put the whole ordeal behind her. She has a family to focus on now, and that has given her great strength.”

But there are tough new challenges ahead. In late March, Joel left for a Good Charlotte tour that will take him throughout Europe through mid-April. He still checks in on baby Harlow and Nicole nightly, video-conferencing via iChat, but it’s obviously not the same as being there.

Nicole and Joel can’t wait until he’s back so they can resume their routine. “Nicole’s world is about bottles, diapers and family dinners now,” says the couple’s friend. “Parenthood is the best thing that ever happened to her.”

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