Lindsay Lohan is once again making news headlines by her choice to switch rehab centers to finish out her court-ordered 90 day program. Rumors are out that there was drug smuggling going on at the first facility, and also that Lohan had been less than cooperative with staff.
Finding the Right Treatment is Important
Stories about celebrities such as Lohan have their way of growing and changing over time, and we may never know all the true details of Lindsay Lohan‘s rehab switch. What is important to note, however, is the significance of finding the right rehab center when seeking treatment. Just because one program works for one person does not mean it will work for everyone. Lohan originally signed up with a big name treatment center that specializes in helping celebrities. For whatever reason, this was not a good match for Lohan, and hopefully, she has found a better option this time.
When any individual is looking for a detox center, the most important quality to look for is a facility that offers a personalized treatment plan. A patient needs to be helped in a way that they can relate to, using techniques that are effective for them. The length of treatment should also be tailored to meet the individual’s needs. The typical 30, 60, or 90 day plans are not right for everyone, and should be flexible when necessary.
The Patient Must Be Ready to Succeed
Another thing we can learn from Lindsay Lohan and her alcohol rehab journey is that until a person is ready to be sober, recovery may not be possible. This is Lindsay Lohan’s seventh time entering an alcohol and drug detox center, after getting in trouble over the years with DUIs, thefts, drug possession, and other charges. Her current rehab stint was court ordered in connection with misdemeanor charges from a car accident in 2012. In addition to 90 days of inpatient treatment, she was ordered to complete 30 days of community service and 18 months of psychotherapy.
It is hard for a patient to succeed in rehab when they aren’t receptive to the idea. Lohan told Piers Morgan in an article published in The Daily Mail, “I don’t think I need to be on lockdown for three months,” Lohan adds. “I don’t think that’s rehab. I’ve been court-ordered to do it six times. I could write the book on rehab. Constantly sending me to rehab is pointless. The first few times I was court-ordered to rehab it was like a joke, like killing time.”
Anyone who is entering treatment should view it as an opportunity to start a new life. This is difficult, especially among individuals that are ordered by the courts to attend rehab. Many feel that rehab won’t work for them, or that they don’t need help, but if drug or alcohol abuse is interfering with a person’s life and they are getting in trouble with the law as a result of it, they do need help. Many people are hoping that, for Lohan’s sake, she takes this round of alcohol rehab seriously so she can recover for good.
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Bethany Winkel is a recovery blogger who follows news related to substance abuse treatment.