Do you remember Lindsay Lohan when she was a talented child actress, before the puffy face and handcuffs? We’re struggling.
The 25-year-old is now better known as an addict than as an actress, but has the combination of jail time, therapy and community service at a morgue finally made her come to her senses?
Psychotherapist Sherry Gaba has doubts over Lohan’s sobriety. “When a person is sober, they usually know their sobriety date without question. She did not give it in her most recent interview, so I am not so sure that she is,” says Gaba of last week’s chat with Matt Lauer for “The Today Show.”
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On the other hand, Lohan’s career seems to be back on track, and she’s being tipped for the coveted role of Elizabeth Taylor in the upcoming “Elizabeth and Richard: A Love Story” — provided she behaves.
“Getting and staying sober is a one-day-at-a-time program,” says Gaba. “Lindsay will need to continue to stay close to a recovery program that will need to include 12-step meetings, a sponsor and possibly psychotherapy to deal with the underlying issues that have led to her numerous relapses.”
Gaba believes there is no guarantee that Lohan will stay clean forever: “Only if she is willing to make her recovery her No. 1 priority will she have an excellent chance of living a fulfilling and sober life.”
Child star trouble
Like other troubled former child stars (Drew Barrymore, Corey Haim, Corey Feldman and Britney Spears, just to name a few), Lindsay’s unusual upbringing may have contributed to her current problems.
“Child stars often become ‘adult children’ with highly stressful responsibilities. As young adults, they sometimes attempt to re-capture their lost childhoods by acting out and behaving in self-destructive ways, which may be one of the reasons Lindsay has been so troubled,” says Gaba.