Lindsay Lohan has been in and out of drug and alcohol treatment programs for years now. Reports came out earlier today that she switched programs following Oxycontin being introduced into the facility at Betty Ford by another patient’s visitor. That drug was then handed out to several of the patients.
On the outside, it looks like she is finally taking care of herself, but we are not totally convinced, and think our reasons could help others facing similar situations.
While we understand and appreciate that in a situation like this, someone may be inclined to go to another program, the truth of the situation is that no facility can ever truly be safe. Sure, some are safer than others, and there are certain lengths to which we can go to ensure, that, but no matter what precautions a program puts into place, there will always be a danger of drug and alcohol being present.
Relapses happen. Ultimately, the responsibility lies with the addict or alcoholic. Yes, our disease drives us to act in a certain way, but we are given the tools needed to keep our disease in check. “Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program […],” reads the AA Big Book. That said, even if you are armed to the teeth, you probably don’t want to spend too much time trapped in a lion’s den.
It is important to note, too, that reports indicate that Lohan was not one of the ones to relapse. That said, Lohan is probably not totally innocent, and we most likely are not getting the whole story. If our experience is any indicator of what really happened, it was simply a convenient excuse to go to a new program that she believes will not hold her as accountable.
After all, when you are sentenced to a 90-day drug and alcohol treatment program by a judge, generally you do not sign up for a 30-day program and complain that it is too repetitive after only two weeks. What this says, in our opinion, is that she has all the answers already, and she does not have the necessary willingness and desperation to really do what is necessary to stay clean and sober.
No one is an exception to the rule when it comes to alcoholism and addiction—starlet or not. If you are not willing to do what has to be done to save your own life, then there is little point in going through the motions other than staying out of jail. Even then, it may be preventing someone who truly is ready the opportunity by taking up a bed in a limited-space program.
This is all merely assumption of course, and we really do hope the best for anyone who truly is trying to better their lives by freeing themselves of addiction with the help of their Higher Power. However, we have seen others who looked like they were doing the right thing, only to dodge yet another drug and alcohol treatment program.