Amy Winehouse is to undergo intensive treatment in Israel as she battles with her drug addiction problems.

The singer, who won an Ivor Novello award on Thursday, will pay £6,400 for the 36-hour rehab programme.

"Amy's people spoke to a renowned Israeli institution and an Israeli professor who conducts a very special and effective method," Eliezer Cohen, chairman of Israel's anti-drug authority, told the Jewish Chronicle.

"She has requested to come to him to do this method, since it's a method that is suitable for her."

Andrew Waismann, who will run Winehouse's rehabilitation programme, told the Sun he was confident he could end the 24-year-old's drug addictions.

"There is a misunderstanding about drug addiction. People think it is a social and psychological problem, but it's a neurological problem," he explained.

"Whether it's Amy Winehouse or anyone else, it is a privilege to be able to treat anyone who is opiate-dependent, and allow them to live a normal life."

23/05/2008 16:13:04