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Lindsay Lohan and Rehab: A Look at Their Long-Term Relationship
Is LiLo finally ready to sober up? Rachel Osman examines her six years of rehab drama.
In an era of troubled young Hollywood starlets, it’s safe to say Lindsay Lohan leads the pack—although Amanda Bynes’s recent behavior earns her an honorable mention. The 27-year-old Lohan, with a steady stream of brushes with the law, has spent more time in Los Angeles courthouses and rehab facilities than on movie sets in recent years. With the completion of her sixth round of rehab Tuesday, Lohan once again has the opportunity to turn her life around. Read on for a complete rundown of her legal troubles and subsequent attempts to get sober over the past six years.
Rehab Stint #1
In January 2007, a 21-year-old Lohan entered rehab for the first time, voluntarily checking herself into the Wonderland Center in Los Angeles. She said at the time, “I have made a proactive decision to take care of my personal health.” She continued to work on the movie I Know Who Killed Me during her 30-day stay. The film was released later that year to horrific reviews and bombed at the box office.
Rehab Stint #2
Lohan’s second rehab stay began just months later. The actress was arrested in May 2007 for driving under the influence of alcohol after she lost control of her car and hit a curb. She entered a 45-day program at Promises Treatment Center in Malibu and agreed to wear an alcohol- and drug-monitoring SCRAM bracelet after her release.
Rehab Stint #3
In July 2007, a few weeks after leaving Promises, Lohan was arrested for another DUI and possession of cocaine after allegedly chasing and trying to run down another car. She entered rehab for the third time in August, checking into Utah’s Cirque Lodge Treatment Center for a three-month stay. On Aug. 23, her lawyer negotiated a plea deal after Lohan pleaded guilty to various driving and drug charges. On the same day, she released a statement acknowledging her alcohol and drug addiction, and apparently seeking to take responsibility for her actions. “I am not blaming anyone else for my conduct other than myself,” she said. “I very much want to be healthy and gain control of my life and career and have asked for medical help in doing so.” She checked out of the Cirque Lodge in October and served 84 minutes in jail in November after being released early due to overcrowding.
Rehab Stint #4
In July 2010, Lohan was convicted of violating her probation after failing to attend mandatory alcohol classes. She was sentenced to 90 days in jail and was to complete a 90-day rehab program following her release. She was released from jail on Aug. 2 after serving only 14 days of her sentence and immediately went to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for her required rehab. She was discharged after 23 days when it was determined that her mental health issues might have been misdiagnosed and were not as bad as originally thought. Although she was granted an early release, Lohan was still ordered to complete an outpatient rehab program, which her attorney said she was capable of doing. “She has changed. She’s healthy. She’s clear-headed. She is positive and looking forward,” said lawyer Shawn Holley.
Rehab Stint #5
Not even a month after she was released from her court-ordered rehab program, Lohan found herself in trouble yet again after failing a mandatory drug test. “This is certainly a setback for me but I am taking responsibility for my actions and I’m prepared to face the consequences,” she said. A Los Angeles judge revoked her probation and Lohan was brought to jail, although she was released later that day on bail. Four days later, on Sept. 28, 2010, Lohan checked into the Betty Ford Center for her fifth rehab stint and remained there on a court order until January 2011. Although she completed her rehab stay, it wasn’t without problems. In December 2010, she was involved in an altercation with a female staff member at Betty Ford, although no charges were filed after a police investigation.
Lohan found herself in several more legal binds throughout 2011. She was charged with theft after stealing a necklace, completed a house arrest sentence, and had multiple short-term jail stints after violating her probation on more than one occasion. In March 2012, Lohan’s formal probation ended, but she remained under informal probation after her theft conviction. With the majority of her legal troubles behind her, Lohan looked as if she could finally get back to focusing on her career. “She is ready to start the next chapter in her life and get back to work and doing what she loves to do—making movies,” said Steve Honig, her publicist at the time.
Rehab Stint #6
But Lohan didn’t stay out of trouble for long. In June 2012, she suffered minor injuries after she was involved in a car accident. She was charged with two misdemeanors in March 2013 stemming from the accident and accepted a plea deal that required completion of a 90-day rehab program, among other things. She checked into the Betty Ford Center on May 3 but moved to a different facility, Cliffside Malibu, in June, where she remained until her release on Tuesday.
Despite her release, Lohan isn’t off the hook. Cliffside Malibu CEO Richard Taite recommended Wednesday that she attend three therapy sessions a week for the next 15 months to prevent a relapse. “Our entire clinical team is in unanimous agreement that if these sessions are not required by the court and attendance verified once a month to ensure accountability, it is a set up for almost certain failure,” he wrote in a letter to the court. The judge in charge of Lohan’s case agreed with the recommendation and ordered Lohan to participate in the sessions until November 2014. Aside from therapy, Lohan has several upcoming projects to occupy her time, including an interview with Oprah Winfrey, a docu-series for Winfrey’s OWN network, and an Aug. 5 hosting gig on Chelsea Lately. She also has a new film, The Canyons, opening Friday.