Though it’s only a few months that she was bitterly denying Lindsay Lohan was a drug addict, in her latest interview with Matt Lauer, Dina Lohan, the star’s mother, admits the obvious – while also offering an insight into Lindsay’s life in rehab.
As we also informed you a while back, the actress is now at the Betty Ford rehabilitation clinic, where she’ll remain until January 3, following multiple parole violations stemming from a few DUI counts.
Though she initially went there of her own volition, Lindsay was ordered back by the judge in charge of her case – the other option being sending her back to jail.
Thank God that didn’t happen, Dina says in the Lauer interview – because that wouldn’t have been a solution to her problem. Lindsay and her family now know she is an addict, and that’s the first step towards solving the problem.
“YES [Lindsay knows she’s an addict],” Dina says about whether her daughter is finally ready to admit that her countless problems have just one cause: her substance abuse.
“And this teaches you that you are. And she’s young, and I thank God that he didn’t incarcerate her, because that wouldn’t have helped her. And being so young and admitting that, it can only help her sobriety in the future,” Lohan’s mother explains.
With Lindsay, Dina too had to face that the problem was addiction, though she refuses to admit she ever was in denial. The only reason she didn’t come forward with this before was that she had to wait for Lindsay to see the truth first.
“Yes. When I first came here initially, you know, that was for Lindsay to admit… I put her in rehab when she was 19…” Dina says.
“It wasn’t for me, as a mother, to come to the world and - I mean, how many viewers do you have? - about her problem, that was for her do. I wasn’t in denial by far, but I think it was for her to come to her own evolution,” she adds.
Unlike previous times when Lindsay was in rehab (which reportedly amount to about 5 stints), this time she knows it’s the real deal: not only is she aware she’s not going to get another chance, but she also realizes she needs to get her life back on track.
Moreover, Dina hopes Lindsay will come out of this a better person – so improved that she might even want to focus on helping others in the same situation in the future.
“We’ll take it one day at a time. I don’t have a crystal ball. I pray hard and she wants to start her own facilities, help other children,” Dina says.
As for getting an early release, that’s not going to happen. “Lindsay wants to stay. She’s learning the trigger points and why she turns to something – drugs or addiction,” Dina explains.
Below is Dina Lohan’s full interview with Matt Lauer. Enjoy.