Nicole Richie Resumes Alcohol Counseling

Nicole Richie
is proving that she's dedicated to keeping her new, substance-free life on track by getting back into the drug and alcohol counseling she was ordered to undergo as part of the plea bargain following her 2007 DUI arrest.

Life & Style
is reporting that Nicole is returning to an 18-month program of group meetings, one-on-one counseling and alcohol education.
“She’s very coopera­tive and humble—she seems determined never to get into the same situation again,” reveals an insider. “She wants to put the whole ordeal behind her. She has a family to focus on now, and that has given her great strength.”

Who would have thought a year ago that this scarily skinny, foul-mouthed, pill-popping and hard-partying socialite would turn out to be a mature, responsible mother? If Nicole could do it, maybe there's hope for Britney after all...