Nicole Kidman has opened up about how she helped Keith Urban deal with his alcohol addiction.

The couple married in 2006 but just months into their marriage the Aussie actress staged an intervention and forced Urban to get help.

"You can't save somebody, they've got to save themselves," Kidman said on the The Jess Cagle Interview.

Actress Nicole Kidman and singer Keith Urban attends the 2016 CMT Music awards. Photo / Getty
Actress Nicole Kidman and singer Keith Urban attends the 2016 CMT Music awards. Photo / Getty

"Which is a very big thing for people like me who go, 'I can take care of you. I can do it'.

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It's a massive lesson because as much as I thought I can do all the work for him, I can make him better, I can take it away, I can help ... at some point you just have to say, 'I love you and I'm here when you decide to do the work. And if you don't, then that's it'.

"You cannot save a human being, they have to save themselves. But you can love them and give them enormous support and love."

Urban spoke about his battle with drug and alcohol addiction in Rolling Stone earlier this year and said, "The whole back end of the '90s were just awful."

Keith Urban kisses the hand of wife Nicole Kidman. Photo / Getty
Keith Urban kisses the hand of wife Nicole Kidman. Photo / Getty

The country music star recalled a binge in 1998 that he thought at the time would end his life.

"I had plenty of stuff," he said to Rolling Stone.

"I didn't seem able to stop. There was no stopping this time. I'd go to sleep, wake up a couple of hours later, go at it again, drinking to take the edge off. I remember thinking, 'I'm probably not going to make it until tomorrow'. And then I thought, 'F**k it. I really don't care. It'll be a relief to not have to. I'll take an Ambien and at some point I'll pass'.

Keith Urban and actress Nicole Kidman attend The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Photo / Getty
Keith Urban and actress Nicole Kidman attend The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Photo / Getty

"I was taking everything. I remember thinking, 'Oh, good, this is the end of it, yahoo'. I was quite happy about it.

"Well, I woke up the next day at lunchtime, in my bed, sweating, going, 'F**k! Guess I'm not going to get to go this way'. I thought the choice to quit would be taken from me, which would be easier than me trying to do it on my own. There was coke left, so I went at it again."

Urban, who had two stints in rehab before he married Kidman, credits his wife's 2006 intervention with saving his life.

"I caused the implosion of my fresh marriage," he said to Rolling Stone.

Nicole Kidman kisses husband Keith Urban as she celebrates winning the Best Actress award. Photo / Getty
Nicole Kidman kisses husband Keith Urban as she celebrates winning the Best Actress award. Photo / Getty

"It survived, but it's a miracle it did. I was spiritually awoken with her. I use the expression 'I was born into her', and that's how I feel. And for the first time in my life, I could shake off the shackles of addiction."