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Mick loves Keith, you know. They’re like a married couple and they’re dearest friends. And it gave Mick a very good feeling to be able to help Keith. He did it staying with us in Woodstock. He got off heroin right on our couch. I don’t know if Keith even remembers this, but for a few weeks he was just lying there. Mick and I would feed him. And every time the clips fell off we’d hook them back on. And we’d cover him with a blanket at night…

He just slept and slept all the time. And he lost a lot of weight and when he got up he’d be so weak. And then he started getting better. You know the feeling you have when you have a child and you watch him grow? We were like Look, he’s having a bath! and Oh, did you see what he was doing today? He’s really much better.

Then when he started getting more together you could see him getting more macho. His ego thing was coming back and he’d start going out and throwing knives at trees. He started getting his temper back and we didn’t mind that because it was a good sign. And he started suntanning and started exercising and Mick talked to him a lot and it was so sweet to see. For Mick, seeing his friend get himself together is what made him really never want to take strong drugs again.

Jerry Hall (1985): Mick and Keith in Woodstock
May 1978

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are in Woodstock, New York. Keith Richards also goes through another (black box) heroin cure, the end of his use except for a short relapse a year later, with the help of his assistant Jane Rose, as well as Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall. His freeing himself of heroin effectively puts an end to his 11-year relationship with Anita Pallenberg.