The Farr Side: Lindsay Lohan needs help
"They tried to make me go to rehab, I said, no no no ...”
That’s a lyric from the Amy Winehouse song “Rehab,” but it could have come from Lindsay Lohan’s diary.
I’m a fan of Lohan’s acting, but it’s time somebody saw through her denial and got her help.
Lohan’s tirades have been caught on camera numerous times. Her mockery of the court system has been highly publicized.?Maybe that’s about to change.
Last week a judge sentenced Lohan to rehab until Jan. 3. Her last stint in treatment failed, as did the one before it, and so on. If you sense a pattern, it’s because there is one. She has a problem, and it’s much bigger than she is. She’s an addict, and if proper treatment isn’t sustained, it cannot work. Her enablers, such as her parents and so-called friends, only contributed to the problem.
The judge saw fit not to order jail time unless Lohan fails to complete treatment. Sitting in jail might temporarily let a person dry out, but it does nothing to resolve the addiction that got them there in the first place.
Lohan isn’t a threat to anyone except herself, and maybe his decision to commit her to a rehab program was the best thing that could have happened.
Some people are quick to judge Lohan, but I think that only adds fuel to the fire. Her life has been under a microscope ever since she became a star. The pressure must have been immense.
I have had conversations about Lohan, Britney Spears, Madonna and so many others who shared that “flavor of the moment” fever, when some say the scrutiny goes with the territory.
But does it? Paparazzi and tabloid reporters hound starlets hoping to see them screw up just so they can make a buck. It sickens me. Nobody is perfect. Believe me, I’ve checked.
We live in a world in which information, newsworthy or not, becomes instant fodder for tabloid junkies. Lohan was preyed upon to the point none of us could even begin to comprehend.
News of her rehab conviction have brought new headlines, some calling her career over.
Other stars have faced similar situations, and it didn’t mean the end to a career. Robert Downey Jr. may be the best example of someone who almost threw in the towel, but came back stronger than before.
Lohan is not exempt from following the rules, as is anyone else. But let’s not forget she’s human, too.
Let’s pray this will be her chance at real help and that she’ll soon be able to put this part of her life behind her.
David T. Farr is a Sturgis (Mich.) Journal correspondent. E-mail him at email@example.com.