Lindsay Lohan Checks Into Rehab, Robert Shapiro to Defend Her

Lindsay Lohan has a new attorney, former O.J. Simpson lawyer, Robert Shapiro. She has also checked into rehab. She's scheduled to report to jail in five days.

The rehab facility is Pickford Lofts, which was started by Shapiro. Shapiro's son Brent died of an overdose in 2005 and he also started "The Brent Shapiro Foundation" to raise drug awareness.

According to TMZ, Shapiro will try to convince Judge Marsha Revel either to eliminate or minimize her 90-day jail sentence, followed by 90 days in rehab.

I suggested the other day she may need to be weaned off the prescription drugs she is taking before she can safely do a jail sentence. Perhaps an emergency motion is in the works to at least delay the start of her prison sentence until she finishes rehab. If she does it successfully, maybe then the judge would be inclined to reduce or eliminate her jail sentence and let her continue with rehab.

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    Not directly on topic... (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Romberry on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 12:29:51 AM EST
    ...but I just gotta say that in general, I feel that here in "the land of the free" we throw too many people in jail and keep them there too long. And to me it also appears that we have a probation and parole system seemingly designed to set people up to fail.

    I hope Ms. Lohan gets the help she needs. I always thought she was a talented and engaging actor and I generally enjoyed her films. Call me selfish, but I'd like to see her get back to that.

    There are serious rehabs (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by byteb on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 07:58:27 AM EST
    and not so serious rehabs.

    I remember during one of Lohan's relatively recent rehabs stays, emails or IMs, she had sent to her then GF while in treatment were made public.

    In any serious rehab, cell phones are turned in and computer access is nil. It's only after weeks of treatment and with permission of the rehab are limited phone calls over an old fashioned public phone booth allowed. If a family member wishes to contact a relative in rehab, a phone call must be made to the facility leaving a message.

    I tend to think that Lohan's rehab facilities in the past have been of the more glamorous Hollywood variety. Allowing Lohan to chose her rehab facility is a waste of time.  A person who is addicted and neither clean nor sober generally has the judgment of a cranky toddler.

    She really needs to be in a dual diagnosis facility for individuals with addiction problems and underlying psychiatric disorders. Usually the client is put in a lock down facility (not as draconian as it sounds) where they are detoxed under medical supervision and evaluated by a shrink and started on psychotropic meds if needed. Getting detoxed doesn't take very long. After detox is completed and once the shrink feels the person is stabilized, the client is moved into the general population and individual and group therapy is begun.

    I hope Lohan finds her way b/c, I really feel she doesn't have many chances left.  She really needs a court appointed guardian who can look out for her best interest. She's not capable of taking care of herself.

    Exactly - have been saying the same (none / 0) (#11)
    by Untold Story on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 10:40:50 AM EST
    too many times already!  Rehabs seem to have become much like 'Spa Clinics' - where amenities top the list as to the best choice made.

    No wonder she has problems (none / 0) (#13)
    by huzzlewhat on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 10:49:56 AM EST
    I remember during one of Lohan's relatively recent rehabs stays, emails or IMs, she had sent to her then GF while in treatment were made public.

    I can't imagine this kind of scrutiny, and the constant invasion of privacy. If I were in her shoes, I'd be a complete mess too.


    Never confuse correlation with causation (none / 0) (#25)
    by rdandrea on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 01:53:37 PM EST
    Is the scrutiny the cause, or merely the result, of her problems?

    No confusion here, thanks. (none / 0) (#32)
    by huzzlewhat on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 03:50:36 PM EST
    It's a vicious cycle, one feeding the other. She had scrutiny before she had problems, now she gets scrutiny for her problems. And no one publicizing private e-mails and messages that she made while she was in rehab has the slightest bit of interest in that rehab being effective.  

    Rehab is Where She Belongs (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by ScottW714 on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 01:04:57 PM EST
    Jail is for criminals and generally speaking, repeating intoxicated drivers are not criminals, they are people who's judgment is impaired because of substance abuse.

    My only concern is that she is getting options that a lot of others in her exact same situation don't get.  

    I really wish this country would get serious about drugs and start spending money where it's needed, helping the abusers.  This moronic, feel good, cut off the supply mindset is not working.  

    Thank you :) Exactly (none / 0) (#33)
    by Untold Story on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 03:51:23 PM EST
    Unfortunately, (none / 0) (#43)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 05:19:00 PM EST
    rehab is merely "feel good" as well, unless the person wants enough to change...

    Agree completely with you, and would (none / 0) (#45)
    by Untold Story on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 05:35:28 PM EST
    really think she needs to be in a mental facility where emphasis is on certification, qualifcations, and treatments rather than spa feel.

    But, it certainly is better than jail, think you will agree with that.

    Doubt if it will work for long - and, hope, it doesn't create for her prison time down the road.


    To the extent that I care about her, sure, (none / 0) (#46)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 05:38:52 PM EST
    I agree with you.

    Don't know if it's true, but (none / 0) (#1)
    by gyrfalcon on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 12:13:51 AM EST
    I've been hearing that Shapiro is not taking on her representation formally, just apparently reached out to her to offer the idea.  Secondly, I'm hearing that Pickford Lofts is not a rehab facility, it's a "sober house," or words to that effect, where people can go to live without drugs and alcohol and there's presumably informal counseling and support groups.

    No idea if either of those things are accurate.

    Hope his intentions are on the up and up (none / 0) (#36)
    by Untold Story on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 03:57:42 PM EST
    should be when his own son died of abuse problems -- but there is always that little thought - free marketing for his Rehab Center???

    Yeah, it has four self-contained lofts, (none / 0) (#48)
    by Untold Story on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 06:15:03 PM EST
    all with double drawer fridges, granite countertops, plasma tv, beautiful white sofas, arm chairs - all the comforts of home.  They do morning meditation, informal counseling, and do outpatient phychological help - doesn't sound very indepth and somehow doubt if the judge will go with this kind of arrangement - who knows.

    I understand there is to be no appeal. (none / 0) (#3)
    by Gerald USN Ret on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 02:20:02 AM EST
    I understand there is to be no appeal.

    That is wise.  She would without a doubt (imo) get in more trouble and have more time added to her sentence.

    I have to admit that I have enjoyed reading about and watching the antics of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan late in the morning when I usually get to bed.  Paris has been quiet lately, and now Lindsay is getting ready to go away for a time.  I just don't think that Kim K or the Jersey Shore girls can take up the slack.  

    Are there no more "bad girls" left?

    ... an old sailor!

    If she has prescriptions, won't those drugs (none / 0) (#5)
    by Joan in VA on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 09:05:26 AM EST
    be given to her while in jail?

    If they are... (none / 0) (#6)
    by kdog on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 09:08:53 AM EST
    Lindsay is gonna be runnin' the cell block...she'll be one popular inmate!

    I bet there (none / 0) (#14)
    by JamesTX on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 11:11:02 AM EST
    are a few people in there with tooth discomfort!

    Or suffering... (none / 0) (#16)
    by kdog on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 11:45:16 AM EST
    from extreme boredom.

    If she has prescriptions (none / 0) (#7)
    by Slado on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 09:43:57 AM EST
    but that unfortunately unlikely.

    She has pills that she likes to take and they are quite easy to get if you are rich and famous.

    Just ask Rush Limbaugh and a whole set of celebrities that are nursing an addiction to pain killers.

    If I was so inclined I could easily make a quick buck selling of the pills I had perscriptions for that I no longer need and I've weaned myself off of.

    This is in Southern IN by the way.  Can't imagine how easy it would be to do on the mean streets of LA.


    Easy to get... (none / 0) (#8)
    by kdog on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 10:03:28 AM EST
    for the broke and unfamous as well Slado.  I mean I never have a problem getting 'Cets or 'Dins when I'm so inclined...as readily available as my beloved grass.

    And from the drug czar, presecription painkiller abuse is the new epidemic du'jour, meth is so last season.  Let's see how many new hoops those who need pain relief will have to jump through when the ONDCP is done "addressing the problem".  Sun god help them.


    The only problem (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by JamesTX on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 11:14:30 AM EST
    with all the "enforcement" is that opioids work -- they are solution to pain and they are needed by many people. The baby boomer population is now getting older, and eventually they are going to start running into chronic pain they can't fix with available treatments. Then they might start thinking this WOD they created and the effects it has really had on medicine.

    I was under the impression that celebs (none / 0) (#23)
    by Joan in VA on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 01:30:28 PM EST
    doctor-shop to get legal scrips so they can't be busted for having them when they get in trouble otherwise. I think they have their assistants do it over the phone so it doesn't inconvenience them in any way. There seems to be plenty of docs willing to give them anything they ask for. For example, the late Anna Nicole Smith had scrips for all the drugs she took.

    One of her prescriptions (none / 0) (#18)
    by jbindc on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 11:56:33 AM EST
    Is Adderall for ADD.  As ADD is a chemical issue in the brain that can't be cured, I don't see how a judge would make her stop taking that particular drug.  If she can't focus, she can't get better.

    I don't know (none / 0) (#20)
    by CST on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 01:01:32 PM EST
    what the case is in this particular instance.  But I do know that the amount of people with Adderall prescriptions has skyrocketed and it's known as kind of a "study drug" for overachievers or a way for people to stay up all night - essentially it's an "upper".

    I'm sure there are some legitimate cases of ADD where people need this (and Lindsay might be one of them for all I know) - but frankly, due to the massive over-use of this drug I am highly suspicious of any ADD diagnosis.  Half the time I feel like it's just kids being energetic kids and adults who can't handle them.  Obviously there are some true exceptions.


    Adderall is definitely... (none / 0) (#24)
    by kdog on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 01:36:20 PM EST
    being used recreationally...its huge in the poker community...I mean HUGE.  

    Little wonder either...that stuff is awesome.  Body feels speeded up, but coupled with a lucidity of the mind.  I give it two thumbs up:)


    yup (none / 0) (#26)
    by CST on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 02:20:28 PM EST
    college too

    There are some drugs that just immediately set off the "bs" meter when it comes to scripts.  That's definitely one of them.

    And if she's into uppers like coke it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if she's using adderall for recreational purposes.

    Honestly though, there is a big difference between "use" and "problem use", and while I don't know her personally it seems as if she's certainly entered the "problem use" stage.  I mean just because it's ok for a lot of people to drink booze, doesn't mean there aren't some people out there who really shouldn't be drinking booze.  I think Lindsay needs to cut out the mind altering substances for a while.  Feel something real for a minute, maybe then she can conquer whatever demons she's facing.

    Especially uppers - that $hit will stop your heart.


    No doubt... (none / 0) (#27)
    by kdog on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 02:28:44 PM EST
    it's the authorities who seem to think all use is abuse, if you don't have a sript you're a criminal junkie who needs rehab.  It's a joke.

    That being said...it does look like Lindsay is past recreational and/or medical use and well into abuse territory.  You got to be real careful with these prescription uppers and painkillers...they can get a hold of the most experienced users.  

    My personal rule of thumb is never two days in a row with any of the various pills...having taken alotta this stuff recreationally I know all too well how habit forming the buzz can be.


    Yeah (5.00 / 1) (#28)
    by squeaky on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 02:31:59 PM EST
    I know all too well how habit forming the buzz can be.

    So do the pharmaceutical companies and the MD's dispensing them.

    Waaaayyy bigger problem in the US than street drugs, imo.


    The drug czar agrees... (none / 0) (#29)
    by kdog on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 03:04:04 PM EST
    see my link above...pill-poppers be warned, you're on top of the ONDCP sh*t list at the moment.

    Yeah (none / 0) (#30)
    by squeaky on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 03:27:16 PM EST
    Big problem imo...  Pain meds are crucial, and under prescribed, because of MD liability and Drug Czar insane priorities.

    Politicization of Medical problems results in renaming medical problems criminal problems: the politicians win and the public looses.


    I'll take you word for its results ;) (none / 0) (#34)
    by Untold Story on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 03:53:58 PM EST
    Yes (none / 0) (#37)
    by jbindc on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 04:00:04 PM EST
    It is being used recreationally.  But ADHD is a real problem, and no one really knows what causes it, but much it appears to be linked to genetics.  

    More (I found this site linked to from the NIH):

    ADHD has biological origins that aren't yet clearly understood. No single cause has been identified, but researchers are exploring a number of possible genetic and environmental links. Studies have shown that many kids with ADHD have a close relative who also has the disorder.

    Although experts are unsure whether this is a cause of the disorder, they have found that certain areas of the brain are about 5% to 10% smaller in size and activity in kids with ADHD. Chemical changes in the brain also have been found.

    Recent research also links smoking during pregnancy to later ADHD in a child. Other risk factors may include premature delivery, very low birth weight, and injuries to the brain at birth.

    Some studies have even suggested a link between excessive early television watching and future attention problems. Parents should follow the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) guidelines, which say that children under 2 years old should not have any "screen time" (TV, DVDs or videotapes, computers, or video games) and that kids 2 years and older should be limited to 1 to 2 hours per day, or less, of quality television programming.

    Many people with ADHD also have other issues:

    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Conduct Disorder (CD)

    At least 35% of kids with ADHD also have oppositional defiant disorder, which is characterized by stubbornness, outbursts of temper, and acts of defiance and rule breaking. Conduct disorder is similar but features more severe hostility and aggression. Kids who have conduct disorder are more likely to get in trouble with authority figures and, later, possibly with the law. Oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder are seen most commonly with the hyperactive and combined subtypes of ADHD.

    Mood Disorders

    About 18% of kids with ADHD, particularly the inattentive subtype, also experience depression. They may feel inadequate, isolated, frustrated by school failures and social problems, and have low self-esteem.

    Anxiety Disorders

    Anxiety disorders affect about 25% of kids with ADHD. Symptoms include excessive worry, fear, or panic, which can also lead to physical symptoms such as a racing heart, sweating, stomach pains, and diarrhea. Other forms of anxiety that can accompany ADHD are obsessive-compulsive disorder and Tourette syndrome, as well as motor or vocal tics (movements or sounds that are repeated over and over). A child who has symptoms of these other conditions should be evaluated by a specialist.

    Learning Disabilities

    About half of all kids with ADHD also have a specific learning disability. The most common learning problems are with reading (dyslexia) and handwriting. Although ADHD isn't categorized as a learning disability, its interference with concentration and attention can make it even more difficult for a child to perform well in school.

    Many people who suffer from one (or more of these) also do things like self-medicate - they tend to drink more, smoke more, do drugs, engage in risky sex, etc.

    It's not just about "kids with too much energy" - it's an actual neurological disorder.  I don't think there's actually "more" kids with ADHD (although there may be, as environmental factors may contribute to it), but 40 or 50 years ago, many of these same kids would have just been labeled as "bad kids" and no one would have looked further into their issues.  In fact:

    To be considered for a diagnosis of ADHD:

        * a child must display behaviors from one of the three subtypes before age 7
        * these behaviors must be more severe than in other kids the same age
        * the behaviors must last for at least 6 months
        * the behaviors must occur in and negatively affect at least two areas of a child's life (such as school, home, day-care settings, or friendships)

    The behaviors must also not only be linked to stress at home. Kids who have experienced a divorce, a move, an illness, a change in school, or other significant life event may suddenly begin to act out or become forgetful. To avoid a misdiagnosis, it's important to consider whether these factors played a role in the onset of symptoms

    Medicine may not always be the answer, but for those that need it, they really need it.  Depriving them of it is akin to depriving a diabetic kid of insulin - it's that serious.  I know - my sister is severely ADHD, so I grew up with it, and at 35 years old, she is still struggling with it.

    I have no idea if Lindsay Lohan is really ADHD, but she does exhibit many behaviors of those with ADHD.


    Wow (none / 0) (#38)
    by squeaky on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 04:21:06 PM EST
    Depriving them [ADHD sufferers] of it [ADHD medicine] is akin to depriving a diabetic kid of insulin - it's that serious.

    Kids without insulin die, after suffering painful physical symptoms.

    Kids without ADHD medication, look out the window in classroom, make good hunter gatherers, bad farmers.


    No time any more (none / 0) (#39)
    by jondee on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 04:36:49 PM EST
    for wondering and day dreaming, kids..

    The good folks in the pharmacuetical industry know that to keep that long grey line moving and get a leg up in this competive world, no one's too young for a little performance enhancing assistence - or even the occasional coercion..


    Uh (none / 0) (#40)
    by jbindc on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 04:39:50 PM EST
    It's more than "daydreaming".

    But the hyperbole is nice.


    the problem is (none / 0) (#41)
    by CST on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 04:58:54 PM EST
    you are right - it is a real problem for some people

    but they are too - it is completely overdiagnosed for hyper kids who are just acting like kids - or adults who want it to overachieve or for recreational purposes.  You can tell some doctors you are "distrated" and they will give it to you.  It's a real problem.

    at the end of the day, none of us are her doctor, so we don't know the case in this situation.  I will say that considering what else she was using, I could see how it might have a recreational appeal for her as well.


    Well (none / 0) (#42)
    by squeaky on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 05:14:05 PM EST
    "Recreational" drugs are often self medicating, whether it is to compensate for the side effects of a prescription drug or to satisfy a chemical imbalance.

    The fact is that this is a medical problem, despite the debate as to why Lohan may be using these drugs. The criminal justices system has no business here, imo, as it is only self-serving.


    that's true (none / 0) (#44)
    by CST on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 05:21:59 PM EST
    re. self medicating.  But it's not necessarily that theres anything wrong with people so much as a need to feel "normal" if you're not (what is normal anyway?) or to disguise some other issue.

    I agree that the criminal justice system has no place here.  If people want to feel different - for whatever reason - I don't see how that's a crime.


    Doubt the jail will let her crush and snort, (none / 0) (#22)
    by Joan in VA on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 01:10:44 PM EST
    which is probably what she does with it on the outside. I would be surprised is she actually has ADD or any of the other disorders she has prescriptions for.

    If she is truly (none / 0) (#9)
    by Jen M on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 10:28:17 AM EST
    childishly unaware of the reality of what is going on. Maybe a short stint in jail might be the jolt she needs.

    Why stop there... (none / 0) (#10)
    by kdog on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 10:34:39 AM EST
    maybe a little tasering will snap her out of it?  Or 50 lashes.

    Some people claim jail has helped them get their sh*t together...but I ain't big on that tactic...too much like the parent who says a whooping keeps their kid in line.  It may be true, but it ain't right.  There are better, if more difficult, ways.


    'It just ain't fitting, I tell you it just ain't (none / 0) (#12)
    by Untold Story on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 10:44:05 AM EST

    Do I have to tell the source?  Know you know, but just so I don't get the 40 lashes!


    It depends on how strong mentally she is (none / 0) (#19)
    by MKS on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 12:34:57 PM EST
    If she is strong mentally, then a good, swift kick in the arse by putting her in jail may be all she needs.....

    On the other hand, if she is a mess mentally, and addicted to who knows what, jail could push her over the edge....

    Her posing as Marilyn, and the uncanny resemblence to her she was able to create, tells us where she is at.


    true (none / 0) (#31)
    by Jen M on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 03:45:06 PM EST
    could destroy her too, I guess.

    her former atty. had her (none / 0) (#17)
    by cpinva on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 11:47:16 AM EST
    pegged, the girl is seriously detached from reality (yeah, yeah, i know, 3/4's of us are). she needs to fix that first, before anything of positive substance can happen.

    The judge must have some good idea (none / 0) (#47)
    by Untold Story on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 05:40:27 PM EST
    as to if this rehab is just lots of fluffy stuff, or, if it does do serious detoxing and counseling - the mention of informal counseling sounds somewhat odd??  Does that mean social workers?