The Celebrity Therapist

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Will Jail and Rehab Save Lohan?

posted by sherrygaba

 
Lindsay Lohan has been sentenced to 90 days in jail which we have been hearing repeatedly for violating the terms of probation.  It stems from two drunk-driving arrests in 2007 and her repeatedly failing to follow the terms of her probation.  One of the common traits I have noticed in my practice is addicts and alcoholics, including myself, have difficulty with authority figures and being told what to do.  There are many reasons for this which can include having a very authoritarian parent and being raised so strict and    punished so severely, you never had a chance of expressing your own feelings.  It could be perhaps the opposite where your parents were not present for you emotionally or physically, and, therefore, you became an adult child quite early running your own rules. These would definitely be reasons to run your own show and to resent and despise others telling you what to do.  

In Lindsay’s case she became famous quite young, and most likely had many handlers around her or are what are known as “yes” people.  You have seen these handlers around other actors, actresses, and musicians such as   Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and tragically they could have been responsible for enabling Michael Jackson to his death.  This Hollywood treatment had to have given Lindsay a feeling of being in total control and somehow not having to abide by the same standards that others do in the court of law.  In fact, she has not complied seven times to the court’s orders.  Her disrespect by the profanity painted on her finger nail toward the court is an example of such disregard for the legal system, and on some level herself.  

Lindsay is still experiencing herself as the “victim”, and until she realizes she is responsible for her actions, no one else, she will remain one.  Until the consequences of her behavior become so un-tolerable for Lindsay, she will keep doing what she is doing to self-destruct.  I don’t necessarily believe jail is the answer for her, but I know something very drastic has to change for Lindsay to make the shift from feeling like a victim to becoming a victor.

Sherry Gaba, LCSW, is the author of “The Law of Sobriety: Attracting Positive Energy for a Powerful Recovery”, and Life Coach on Celebrity Rehab on VH1. She has a private practice where she does psychotherapy, life coaching, participates in webinars, tele-seminars, and speaking engagements.



  • churchmouse

    She has been given things that most people never experience or get. She believes she is exempt from the laws that we ‘the little people” follow. If this were anyone but Lindsey we would be in jail. I live in Arizona where we have a no tolerance policy on drugs and alcohol.
    Anyone who gets behind a car who is loaded, can kill and she has done this several times.
    Feel sorry for her. No. Not one bit. I feel sorry for the parents who are losing a child to cancer. I feel sorry for the person who has just lost their job, the men and women protecting our freedoms in this war.
    She is a spoiled, priveleged hollywood brat. Sitting in jail for three months will do her a lot of good, she will have time to think about her humanness and hopfully she will come down a few notches.
    I do not think she will serve this time…mommy, daddy or some high paid lawyer will pull soon strings and she will be out once again, doing what she likes to do best……pose for pictures.

  • http://www.facebook.com/maryannelanders Mary Anne Landers

    Thank you for your article, Sherry Gaba.
    I could make snarky wisecracks about Lindsay Lohan; many people have. But the better part of me feels sorry for her. All her advantages and she’s still made a train wreck of her life.
    Her fame and money won’t help her now. Because she can buy the services of enablers, as you point out, her so-called advantages can make her already-dire predicament even worse.
    Will prison help or hurt her? Considering what I’ve read about incarceration and its effects, I think the latter is more likely—unless Lindsay gets some tough-love rehab while she’s behind bars. I mean, what else is she going to do in there?
    I just hope against hope that she’ll wake up and shape up before it’s too late. I don’t want her to end up the way Heath Ledger, Anna Nicole Smith, and Michael Jackson did. I don’t want ANYONE, celeb or not, to end up like that!

  • Rev. Laurie Sue

    Wonderfully insightful post!

  • jvmfan

    So glad someone is finally talking about Linday’s disease. Seriously, she looks 40! There is new information on Lindsay tonight on the show “Issues.” The host, jane, is sober–recovering alcoholic. Issues had her dad on last night. they have something with her mom tonight…

  • jvmfan

    So glad someone is finally talking about Linday’s disease. Seriously, she looks 40! There is new information on Lindsay tonight on the show “Issues.” The host, jane, is sober–recovering alcoholic. Issues had her dad on last night. they have something with her mom tonight…

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