If It’s Not Lohan, It’ll Be Someone Else
The news is aflutter with more news about Lindsay Lohan’s latest brush with recovery and the law, which really seems to make this more about entertainment than about someone getting the help they need. Back in July, Lindsay was sentenced to 90 days in jail and a rehab program after being found guilty of violating the terms of her probation–she’d been ordered to wear a SCRAM (Secure Continuous Remote Monitoring) bracelet, missed several of her alcohol-education classes, and consistently attended parties, constantly being pulled in by the tantalizing provocation of being able to get away with just a little something. To make matters worse, all of this was digitally captured for the world to see. So, it’s not surprising Lohan can’t get sober: she’s under a microscope and she’s got lawyers and doctors working incredibly hard, trying to make a molehill out of a mountain.
Anyone in recovery can tell you that getting sober with friends and family looking on is rough, so imagine having addiction issues while simultaneously being under the lights of fame. Sounds dreadful. Suffice it to say, the Lindsay Lohan saga is similar to that of Amy Winehouse, and countless others before them, in that the consequences of their behavior is always the same: arrest, shame, jail, rehab. Regardless, their celebrity status remains, though often times it can be tantamount to watching a car accident on the freeway: despite the carnage, we stop to look anyway.
Perhaps a sincere bout of long-term drug and alcohol treatment, along with a significant lifestyle change would allow Lohan the ability to change her life. It’s clear that with treatment and the recovery programs available, even celebrities can find recovery from addiction. We have some incredible examples set before us, including Christian Slater, Anthony Kiedis, Eric Clapton, Elton John, and let’s not forget Betty Ford, among countless others. The truth is, nothing is impossible, we just have to take the first step.