If Kourtney Kardashian can blog about being a mom on the foundation that she's popped out a couple of kids, Gwyneth Paltrow can instruct us on the ways of healthy living and whatever else Goop.com is about on account of the fact that she's Gwyneth Paltrow, and Heidi Klum can spout off weird knowledge of tooth-shaped pillows and diet pizzas based on her apparent prowess in staying skinny and talking about weird things, then Lindsay Lohan can certainly act as an expert on going to rehab and never learning anything at all. After three stints in rehab, it's almost surprising she hasn't written a book about her experience, but now she just may be starting to blog about it, according to The New York Post.
But while she can, Lohan most certainly shouldn't be writing about rehab as long as she's still experiencing rehab. There's a reason the Seafield Center in Westhampton Beach, where Lohan will reportedly begin her program on May 2, has strict rules about visitors to the facility and about respecting the confidentiality of its patients. The first rule being to protect some patients who, like Lohan, may be in the public eye, but the second is because a serious journey to rehabilitation requires a committment to changing one's behaviors, and that's a very personal process.
The center offers such strict measures as "social setting detox" in order to ween patients off of the other, non-physical cues that trigger addiction. For Lohan, dipping back into the celeb news circuit by telling her story of rehab as it happens seems to be the opposite of removing herself from the world causing all the problems. Instead, she's just buying right into it.
It's not uncommon for celebs to talk about rehab after they've come through it all to see the light at the end of the tunnel: Robert Downey, Jr. opened up to Rolling Stone about his time in prison and rehab following his raging drug addiction in the '90s. Demi Lovato went on Katie to talk about how rehab felt like "prison" and how she struggled with being kept from her usual creature comforts and habits. But that's the point. They both shared their experiences after they got well. At that point, sharing the story is a way of acknowledging the changes they've made in their life.
But writing knee-jerk, glorified feelings journals for the entire Internet to consume like a pack of ravenous, judgmental hyenas is not healthy for the hyenas or for Lohan. Rehab needs to be a place of zero judgement, a sequestered glen in which the patients can remove the stressors that drove them to their addiction in the first place. Keeping that channel of communication between herself and the fire-breathing dragon of celebrity gossip culture open is only going to hurt her chances at actually making the fourth rehab stint the charm.
And that's not even taking into account the entertainment factor for readers. How fascinating can Lindsay's new schedule of acupuncture, spirituality workshops, and candlelit ceremonies be? We've heard the "I want to be better" speech from LiLo time after time... after time... after t-i-m-e. Is reading it again in real time going to make it any more believable? No. It won't.
You know what will make it believable? Lohan going to rehab without the watchful eye of the Internet, completing her treatment without sharing her thoughts on the spread at Taco Tuesday, and emerging from the process a more centered, thoughtful, careful human being who doesn't turn around immediately and go back to her old booze-guzzling (among other things) ways. Drop the blog, LiLo. Treat yo self (literally).
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The Mean Girls star is currently holed up in her Venice, California home, where she is serving a 120-day sentence for a probation violation stemming from a 2007 DUI charge.
Lohan was previously said to be spending her days exploring new hobbies and plotting her acting comeback, and it appears she's also on a health kick - she has been photographed sucking on a Blue Cigs anti-smoking aide, which aims to help smokers curb their nicotine addictions to ween them off the habit, reports Eonline.com.
The actress was handed the jail sentence in April (11) and ordered to complete 480 hours of community service after she was accused of stealing a necklace from a jewellery store in January (11).
The (500) Days of Summer star, 29, admits he was a regular smoker in his youth but decided to ween himself off weed by limiting his pot intake and enhancing his rare drug highs.
He tells Details magazine, "When I was in high school, I loved smoking weed. I loved it. But I cut myself to once a month. That was my rule. And so as the first of the month came closer, my friends would be like, ‘All right, what’s the plan this weekend?’ And actually it’s really cool - when you do it that infrequently, you can really trip."
Gordon-Levitt reveals he continues to enjoy a joint on the odd occasion and doubts he will ever be able kick the habit for good.
He says, "In hindsight, could I have smoked weed on the weekends? Yeah. But it was cool to do it once a month. I still do that sometimes - I go on little weedfests. I’m a pothead. That’s my drug of choice."
Michael claims the Mean Girls actress is hooked on strong medication she buys from one of Hollywood's biggest drug dealers, allegations the star and her mother Dina have both denied.
Michael even went on U.S. TV on Friday (16Oct09) to issue a public plea to his daughter to get professional help, but went one step too far when he told reporters he was preparing to snatch her in a bid to save her from herself.
In an interview with X17online.com, Michael said, "If I can't get a conservatorship, then I'm going to take her to an undisclosed location and get her straight. But I know I'm going to get charged with kidnapping."
On Monday (19Oct09), People.com reported Lindsay was seeking a restraining order against her dad, with a source claiming she was "scared" and had instructed her lawyer Shawn Holley Chapman to prepare the legal papers.
But Michael insists his comments were "twisted" to mean something more sinister and is adamant he would never force Lindsay to do something against her will.
He tells Newsday, "I just meant I'd like to detox her myself... but of course I'd get arrested.
"People will twist my words to mean what they want. The bottom line is, Lindsay needs help, and no one wants to do anything."
The Knocked Up star, 30, has been desperately trying to ween herself off the addiction for months after realising smoking was taking over her life.
She previously said, "I started smoking when I was 24, because I'm an idiot. I don't enjoy it so much now, because I've become such a slave to it. I hate planning my life around when I'm getting a cigarette."
But Heigl has not puffed on a cigarette since quitting tobacco in July (09) - and her health has already been given a boost.
A source tells Us Weekly magazine, "She feels so much better."