A Look at Lindsay Lohan & A Disease Called Addiction

Lindsay Lohan and all her legal and drug-related problems have been a hot-topic for months, if not years.  As a result she and her family have been on the receiving end of relentless jokes and criticism.  I propose a different thought.  Let’s just for a moment think of Lindsay not as a spoiled, selfish girl that just wants to party, but as a young woman suffering from a disease, the disease of addiction

Often times, people with addiction are viewed as weak and irresponsible.  Do we view those with cancer or diabetes in this way?  Of course not.  So why do we continue to view Addiction as something a person can chose to have.  If Lindsay was asked when she was a young red-headed girl in The Parent Trap if she wanted to be a convicted felon, unable to get any work in movies, and a constant joke throughout the entertainment world by the age of 24, I’m pretty sure she would have said “absolutely not”.   But that is exactly what has happened.  It seems to me, being the total outsider that I am, that every move of Lindsay’s life has led her to these outcomes and her whole world is keeping her sick. 

What do I mean by this?  Lindsay is the child of an addict.  It is widely known that her father has had a problem with substance abuse throughout his life.  According to the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, children of addicted parents are the highest risk group of children to become alcohol and drug abusers due to both genetic and environmental factors.  As a result, Lindsay had a predisposition for being an addict and compounded on that is the fact that she has lived her life in the public eye, which breeds a constant need for approval.  Lindsay is also surrounded by enablers that continue to make excuses for her behavior, which results in a lack of responsibility for her actions and no accountability.  Add onto that a disposable income and easy access to drugs and alcohol, and Lindsay is a product of the perfect storm. 

Now I know it sounds like there is no hope for Lindsay, and I absolutely disagree.  However, for Lindsay to be successful following her time in residential treatment, she must enter an environment post-treatment that is conducive to continued sobriety.  I propose a monitoring program for Lindsay once she is back in the community to support her recovery.  A monitoring program would provide an objective support system to keep her accountable for her recovery program and continued treatment.  This support system could take her own family out of the role of monitoring her addiction and help to remove the enabling behaviors of family and friends from her life.  Monitoring would also address environmental hazards and work with Lindsay to either remove these triggers or learn coping skills to handle them on a daily basis.  Most importantly, a productive monitoring program would facilitate Lindsay to become empowered and take control of her own recovery.  It can also allow her family  help to get back to their own lives by healing the family system.  I truly feel this is the only way that Lindsay will be able to end her cycle of addiction.  While she will never be fully cured of this disease, she will learn the skills to manage her addiction and transform her life. 

For more information about Monitoring services and treatment for addiction go to www.recovery360.com.