When troubled actress Lindsay Lohan exited the Century Regional Detention Facility in the early hours of Monday (August 2) morning, she was shuttled directly to a place she’s quite familiar with: rehab .
Though the “Mean Girls” star only served 13 of the 90 days in jail she was sentenced to in connection with a probation violation from a 2007 DUI conviction, she will have to serve the entire 90 days of court-mandated rehab at a UCLA Hospital-affiliated facility in order to complete her sentence. Since her struggles with substance abuse first surfaced more than four years ago, the 24-year-old actress has made several attempts to get clean.
A short time after rumors began to emerged of problems on the set of her 2006 movie “Georgia Rule,” Lohan checked into the Wonderland Center rehab facility in January 2007 and checked out after completing a 30-day stay for treatment of an undisclosed substance issue. “I have made a proactive decision to take care of my personal health,” the singer said in a statement at the time. “I appreciate your well wishes and ask that you please respect my privacy at this time.” In December, Lohan’s publicist revealed that Lohan had been voluntarily attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
Lohan attempted to get her movie career back on track after being dropped from “The Edge of Love” when director John Maybury said it was too difficult to insure the unreliable actress. But she was arrested for DUI in May 2007. Her car struck a curb in that incident, and after investigators said they found what they believed to be cocaine on the scene, Lohan checked Promises Treatment Center for 45 days to deal with her problems. She celebrated her release by soberly partying with some friends at Pure nightclub in Las Vegas.
After her release, she voluntarily agreed to wear a SCRAM bracelet to monitor her sobriety. But she was arrested again in July for a second DUI and felony drug charges, which sent her back to rehab. She stayed at the Cirque Lodge Treatment Center in Sundance, Utah for six weeks, until October 5, 2007.
And, of course, the reason she was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 90 days in inpatient rehab was because she didn’t attend her court-mandated amount of alcohol education classes. Does Lohan have any hope that this latest stay will be her last?
“Without question, Lindsay can recover,” Robert J. Lindsey, president and CEO of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), told MTV News. “We have seen over and over people whose lives have progressed to the point where they lose their job, they lose their family, they lose their physical health, they lose their freedom. But still, people can and do recover from their alcoholism and addiction.”