Heather Locklear has been in rehab for over three weeks now, where she is getting treated for issues with anxiety and depression, but the worst part hasn't been fighting her demons in the Arizona facility, it's been being away from her daughter, Ava.
"The hardest part of all of this is being apart from Ava," a friend of Heather's tells People.com. "But she knows she'll be better than ever, and that they'll both really benefit from this. She's feeling better, but it's tough."
Heather has had a visit with some loved ones -- boyfriend Jack Wagner showed up last week -- and the pal says the actress has improved even since then. While Jack was there, witnesses said Heather looked tired, pale, and skinny, now she seems to be bouncing back, appearing "bright-eyed, alert and well-rested," says an observer. "She looks so much better."
Though Heather wishes she could be with Ava, she is comforted to know that her girl is getting some quality time with her pop, Bon Jovi rocker Richie Sambora. "Heather's really happy that Ava got to spend time with her dad," says Heather's pal and reveals that she and Richie "are speaking all the time."
"They really have come through [the breakup -- and are] on the other side."
Good news for everyone involved -- Heather, Richie, and, most importantly, Ava. Let's hope this upswing continues!