Lindsay Lohan finished her sixth and most serious stint in rehab not quite three weeks ago—but she’s ready to talk about it. And who better to have that conversation with than Oprah Winfrey?
Following up her guest host gig on Chelsea Lately, LiLo made an appearance on yesterday’s episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter. She spoke candidly about her legal issues and (perhaps more importantly) her struggles with substance abuse and addiction—and you know what? I actually believe her. I know, I know—I’m surprised, too. But also heartened, and here’s why.
When asked point blank if she’s an addict, she responds without hesitation, “Yeah.” No hemming and hawing, no excuses—just a flat-out admission. Although we’ve never been totally sure what Lindsay has been on at any given time, she says that alcohol was always her drug of choice, and that it was a classic gateway to other things for her. Of her cocaine use, she admits that she lied in the past about how much she’d done it; at the time of her first arrest, she had done it closer to ten or fifteen times. “Of COURSE I said three or four times,” she says of her lie. “I was terrified.”
Did she enjoy doing it? “No. It never felt good the next day.” So why do it? “Because it allowed me to drink more. I think that’s why I did it. And it was a party thing—people would have it, and I would do it.” Sound familiar to anyone else? I’m guessing yes, because most of us have been there. If we’ve been lucky, though, we’ve had someone at our side steering us onto the right path. Lindsay, unfortunately, did not.
In so many ways, her story is a textbook case. At an extremely young age, the world was suddenly her oyster—but she didn’t have any guidance as to what to do with it now that she had it. And the fact that she’s admitting it now (and genuinely, as far as I can tell)? Is HUGE. And maybe—just maybe, she’s finally turned her life around. For good, this time.
Look at Drew Barrymore: She was a MESS in the ‘80s, and now see where she’s at. I still don’t think she’s an out-of-this-world actress, but she’s had a remarkable renaissance since then. Lindsay has the potential for this, too. Like Drew, I don’t actually think she’s as astonishing an actress as it was believed she would grow to be when she was younger—and I do think that all the stunt casting of her definitely needs to stop, because it’s not helping—but she could still carve out a decent career for herself. She just needs to watch her step. This is perhaps easier said than done, but that’s what taking it one day at a time is for. It’s a process, and she seems to understand that. She says, “I feel whole again, and I have such a desire to want to keep this feeling and stay this way, and I’m willing to do whatever it takes.” Good for you, LiLo. Here’s hoping it’s for keeps this time.
Tell us: Do you think Lindsay’s finally on her way out of the woods?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.