Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman’s marriage is still going strong more than a decade since they tied the knot in Sydney, Australia. Just a few months into their union, it looked like their relationship may not make it to the one-year mark, though.

In a new interview with “People,” Nicole details what it was like for her as she and Keith faced his struggle with addiction. Keith has been open about battling with addiction in the 1990s, and he entered the Betty Ford Center in 2007 to address his alcohol abuse.

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Nicole was instrumental in helping Keith get the help he needed in 2007, but she didn’t take on responsibility for his treatment.

Nicole now advises loved ones of addicts to “get help. To put your hand up, to reach out.”

She adds, “There is absolutely help out there. You can’t save somebody, they’ve got to save themselves.”

Learning that lesson wasn’t easy for Nicole. She says, “[It’s] a very big thing for people like me who go, ‘I can take care of you. I can do it.'”

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She goes on to say, “At some point, you just have to say, ‘I love you and I’m here when you decide to do the work. If you don’t, then that’s it.'”

Thankfully, Keith got the help he needed and has gone on to new heights as a country superstar and father to the couple’s two girls.

Nicole says of the recovery process, “It’s not easy, but there’s an extraordinary life if you do get there through help.”

Keith’s big heart was on display earlier this year when he welcomed fan Rob Joyce onstage to play guitar with him. It turned into a major moment as Rob truly slayed the guitar part as Keith sang with him. That collaboration earned Keith a nod in the Fan Moment of the Year category at this year’s fan-voted Rare Country Awards! You can vote for him right here.

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Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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