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Lindsay Lohan’s Struggle with Addiction

Spring and summer of 2010 have demonstrated to be a difficult road for famous actress, Lindsay Lohan.  In previous years, Lohan had been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and drug possession.  She had served 84 minutes in jail in 2007 and spent quite a bit of time at different residential treatment programs in various locations of the United States.  However, the starlet continued her reckless lifestyle, only to be faced with tougher consequences.

In May of 2010, Lindsay failed to show up for her DUI progress report hearing.  A warrant was issued and later retracted after Lohan’s lawyer stated “travel issues” delayed her.  Her passport was reportedly stolen while in France.  The hearing was moved to later in the month and it was determined that Miss Lohan needed to continue her sobriety with education and a SCRAM bracelet to monitor her blood alcohol levels when she was left unattended. 

In July of 2010, Lindsay Lohan was found guilty of violating her probation.  She did not attend enough of her alcohol education classes and the judge felt it was appropriate to hand Lindsay a 90-day jail sentence.  Beyond that, Lohan was ordered to spend another 90 days in a residential treatment program.  She served only 14 days due to overcrowding and immediately checked into rehab.  After only 23 days in the residential treatment program at UCLA, she was released.  The doctors stated “she had done everything required of her there.”  She continues to seek outpatient therapy. 

The question is: why would someone who has such a public problem with drugs and alcohol be released from a residential treatment program after a mere 3 weeks of treatment?  Surely, she cannot be cured.  Vista Taos Residential Treatment Program in New Mexico understands that a 90 day treatment program should last the duration.  Healing takes time.  Your body and mind need time to recover from the abuse of the addiction.  There is no fast track to wellness.  Yes, outpatient therapy is a benefit but should only start once the patient has taken part in a complete inpatient program.  The chance of long-term sobriety will be greater if these guidelines are applied.

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