Will the sixth time be the charm for Lindsay Lohan?
The 26-year-old accepted a plea deal on Monday that will send her to rehab for 90 days, making this Lohan's sixth time in treatment in the past six years.
Judge James Dabney ruled that the "Liz & Dick" actress – who was facing three charges, including lying to police – enter a "lock down" facility, which means she will be working on her sobriety 24/7 and will not be able to leave rehab for any reason.
So what will life be like for Lohan for those 90 days?
Not fun, that's for sure.
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“Lock down” rehab is just that … the 26-year-old will not be able to leave the premises for any reason whatsoever, and she will likely not be allowed any visitors.
“Most rehabs, once you’ve been in one or two weeks showing good behavior, they’ll allow family members to come visit or they might even allow a family member to take you out to lunch – and that would be a privilege,” explains Texas-based addiction expert Jennifer Criswell Sartin. But for Lohan, 90 days of “lock down” takes away that privilege.
Why is "lock down" a good idea for Lohan? In the past, the actress had been allowed to leave rehab for filming and come back at the end of the day, which was the case for her first stint in 2007. But by the time she was in treatment for her fifth round, in late 2010, she had grown brazen. In December of that year, Lohan and another patient snuck out of the Betty Ford Center. And when they returned around 1 a.m., a counselor there claims she reeked of alcohol and a scuffle ensued. (The Betty Ford employee later sued Lohan and the two settled out of court last year.)
Now, she won’t even be able to leave for her mandatory meetings, adds Criswell Sartin. “Most rehabs would allow their residents to be accompanied by a staff member to outside AA/12 Step meetings. Being that it will be a lock down facility, it’s likely that they would have members of AA bring their meeting in. They even do that in prisons.”
Lohan’s days in rehab will also likely be very regimented, something she has not been accustomed to lately between her late nights partying and her spotty work schedule. “Most reputable rehabs like that will try to do is get you prepared to transition to ‘normal life,'” says Criswell Sartin. “Lights out at 10 p.m. would be a normal schedule. They’ll probably have to wake up at 6 a.m. and be down with the group at 7 a.m., where they would probably do some prayer and meditation. Addicts sleep until 10 a.m. or noon so it’s to get you out of that routine.”
In addition to learning skills for sobriety, Lohan may even pick up some cooking tips.
“Wherever she went in the past probably had a chef who would come in and cook for them gourmet meals, which is just not normal life,” adds Criswell Sartin. “So a good facility might even have the patients prepare the meals for the group, kind of like a sober-living atmosphere. There will definitely be meal times and it will be healthy eating. Again, addicts and alcoholics don’t eat and when they do, it’s food that is unhealthy. So there will be probably some health and fitness every day, lots of work outside of group time, hopefully a 12-step program. There will be homework!”
And it all comes at a very pretty penny. Although state-run rehab facilities usually cost nothing, Lohan will likely not be checking in to anything that is not high-end. Crisswell Sartin explains that a place on the actress’ spectrum, like Promises in Malibu where she was in 2007 for her second rehab stint, “is upwards of probably $50,000 a month.” And Lohan has to be there three months … that’s around $150,000. If a patient has good insurance, sometimes rehab can be covered up to 80%, but it’s unclear what kind of coverage Lohan has … if she has any at all.
Since Lohan has previously been in rehab five times, what approach will counselors take to make sure the sixth time actually sticks?
“They’re definitely going to focus on relapse prevention,” says Crisswell Sartin. “Probably the biggest hurdle in this case is going to be if she’s willing to change … Her mindset is ‘I do not have a problem. I have been in the wrong place at wrong time. I’ve had bad luck happening to me’" – which was exemplified by Lohan hitting the Hollywood club scene hard just hours after her trial on Monday. “I have a strong feeling that she does not believe that she has an addiction problem … There’s a huge part of therapy which is taking responsibility for actions. Breaking through the denial would probably be the best approach to take in the beginning.”
Time will tell if the upcoming rehab stint finally does the trick … or if Lohan falls back into the same patterns.
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