Lindsay Lohan sentenced to 90 days in jail

Well, I was hoping she’d avoid this, but maybe for Lindsay Lohan, like for me, it’s going to take a little jail-time to realize that screwing up royally isn’t as much fun as you thought it was.

Lohan violated her probation terms multiple times and apparently couldn’t get herself out of this one. She’s going to surrender at a later date and will have to enroll in a residential drug treatment program (versus an outpatient substance abuse treatment program) as soon as she’s out. It may sound harsh, but something very similar to this cleaned me up – Hopefully it’ll do the same for Lindsay Lohan.

Lindsay Lohan not drinking – cleared of false SCRAM bracelet alert

Here’s a little follow-up to last month’s post about Lindsay Lohan:

Lindsay Lohan’s SCRAM bracelet went off at an after party for the MTV Movie Awards on June 6, leading authorities to believe she had violated her probation and consumed alcohol.

Lindsay was ordered to come in at 10AM the next morning for a urine test. The results came back clean. She is still in full compliance with her probation and she continues to take court-ordered alcohol education classes. Linday’s next court hearing is scheduled for July 6th. Hopefully she can stay out of trouble until then. Violating her probation could land her up to 6 months in jail.

Addiction and the media – a stigma made in heaven

The sad truth is media outlets jump at the chance to make celebrities look bad. Celebrity addiction is usually brought up when someone gets arrested, checks into rehab, or overdoses. As a result, many people find it hard to believe that celebrities can stay sober. In the case of Lindsay Lohan, all sorts of rumors are flying around that she tampered with her SCRAM bracelet or that she paid off the testing lab.

Celebrities don’t always mess up. We just don’t get to see it when they succeed. To paint a more balanced picture of celebrity addiction, we will be featuring posts about famous individuals who have been able to overcome their addiction to drugs. Look for these in the weeks to come!

Contributing co-author: Andrew Chen

Lohan at it again – gets new SCRAM bracelet

Lindsay LohanIt seems that Lindsay Lohan got  herself in some trouble again, this time because she failed to show up to a court hearing and was partying on a yacht in France instead. An irate judge wanted her arrested, but when her lawyer posted bail for her, she got to walk in to court herself and face her punishment.

Lindsay is going to have to wear a SCRAM bracelet that will monitor her drinking through her skin at all times during the day. The SCRAM bracelet provides Lohan’s supervisor with more than 48 daily alcohol tests to make sure that the actress can’t drink at all.

Everyone (almost) knows about Lohan’s repeat visits to different California addiction-treatment facilities (most recently Promises), and it’s important to note that this recent incident doesn’t necessarily mean that Lindsay is having serious drug, or alcohol, problems. All we know is that she has a hard time showing up to court on time and is paying the price.

I think it’s sad that we only get to hear from people like Lindsay when she gets herself in trouble and that we don’t get to hear about her successes, which, given the fact that she hasn’t been arrested since 2007, must exist. True, she’s seemed to have some trouble obeying court orders, but I’d be interested to know how her own personal battle with bad-decisions-brought-on-by-alcohol-and-drugs has been going…

The ebb and flow of concern about addiction

One of the things about keeping a blog that is focused on a specific topic, is that you get to see how people’s interest in that topic changes.

This blog gets a flood of hits when a celebrity like Britney Spears or Lindsay Lohan gets arrested for possession of drugs or a DUI. When someone dies, be it Heath Ledger, Brittany Murphy, or Michael Jackson, we get an even bigger spike. Sadly, when a new law passes, or if a drug-story makes the front cover of the New York Times or some other large publication, we get a spike too, but not quite as large.

Worrying about addiction when it’s right

All of these things are too be expected; they’re a byproduct of the media frenzied culture we’re all a part of (if you’re reading this right now, you’re part of it too). We love celebrities as a reflection of everything we aren’t, everything we want to be, and everything we’re glad we’re not. Sure, life is great when you have lots of money, fame, and fans, but when you fall flat on your face and the moment is captured by dozens of readied cameras, we’re more than happy to watch, make fun, and secretly revel in the fact that at least our missteps aren’t broadcast worldwide.

But one of the things I didn’t expect as much was the spike in readership towards the end of every weekend.

It should be obvious, right? People get royally destroyed on Fridays and Saturdays, and by Sunday, my biggest readership day, they’re worried about the consequences on their well-being. While drunk, high, or in the middle of a full-blown internet-porn masturbation party, few care about implications, education, or reality. It’s when the effects of all those wear off and that first post-party look in the mirror takes place that we all find our humility, shame, and motivation to change.

I’m not writing this as a criticism, merely an observation. It’s as if even those in the throws of the disease, or those who care most about it, become most concerned when the dust settles a little. Maybe one day I’ll get around to doing some research on the way this translates to treatment. As some of you already know, All About Addiction is about to introduce a new rehab-finder tool that will allow everyone to go online, fill out an assessment form, and get customized placement in one of almost 12000 addiction providers in the United States. I wonder if we’ll see the same pattern – people looking more on Sunday than any other day; trying to right their wrongs with a final plea to god, through their computers, that maybe today is their last day screwing up their lives.

I’ll make sure to get more help on thoe days if that turns out to be true.