Lindsay Lohan is still in rehab.
She was court-ordered to spend 90 days in a locked facility as a substitute for jail time. It’s great that she is still in. Maybe treatment is working this time and Lindsay can finally start to heal from the addiction that has kept her living in chaos.
When she was first entering rehab this time, at the Betty Ford Center near Palm Springs, California, Lindsay was adamant about continuing to take Adderall, a stimulant that is usually banned at treatment centers. When the Betty Ford Center treatment team would no longer let Lindsay take the drug, she reportedly left, and luckily transferred to another facility.
Staff at Betty Ford claim to have done a thorough assessment of Lindsay and determined that childhood diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) was no longer appropriate, so neither was the prescribed Adderall. When Lindsay left, her mother, Dina Lohan, released a statement saying that Lindsay’s time was up since the Betty Ford Center’s program is only 30 days in length. The rest of Lindsay’s required 90 days would have to be at another facility anyway.
Regardless of policy and rehab switching, and everything else, the question that’s most important in Lindsay’s treatment is: was she substituting Adderall for cocaine, her alleged drug of choice? Was she trying to stay on Adderall so that she was never completely off a stimulant? This would not be uncommon with addicts entering rehab, but it also explains the strict no drug policy within treatment.
Lindsay shared her side when she did an interview with Piers Morgan. “I have severe ADD. I can’t stand still. So I take Adderall for that, it calms me. I know people who take it to stay up, or girls who take it to supposedly stay slim because it kills your appetite. But I eat all the time. I just take it to stay calm. It works well for me.”
Since the change in diagnosis, Lindsay is no longer taking a stimulant, so she is now fully sober. She may have been determined to continue taking Adderall in treatment as a substitute for cocaine, but it could go deeper than that. Generally, addicts have underlying pain and reasons for using. As we know because of her status, Lindsay’s family life has not always been easy. We don’t know specifics, but it seems that her childhood has something to do with her drug abuse.
Scared Of Being Completely Sober
Lindsay may have been fearful to ever be completely sober because of the emotional pain and memories that she knew would surface. If she has been taking Adderall since she was a kid, then the drug has been with her through a lot. She may view it as a coping mechanism and she may feel she would fall apart without it.
Titrating off Adderall, meaning taking less and less each day until the drug is completely phased out, while in a controlled and monitored treatment facility may have been the only way Lindsay could ever stop taking Adderall.
Will this new level of sobriety be just what Lindsay Lohan needs to stay clean when she leaves rehab? Addiction is powerful, and Lindsay has been through this process a few times now. If she was constantly taking Adderall before, maybe this time that is what will make the lasting difference.
Prescription of Choice
Millions of kids are prescribed Adderall (or Ritalin) in our current society. At the first symptoms of ADD or ADHD, children are taking stimulants. Lindsay is a product of that. What other paths could these over-medicated kids potentially go down? Taking a substance like Adderall for years as you grow up alters your brain chemistry.
Young people are taking Adderall to study for long lengths of time, or for appetite suppression. The drug is only medically intended for ADD and ADHD, but has become a popular way to accomplish other goals. Without a prescription, but with easy availability, it’s scary to think of how quickly Lindsay, and millions of other freshly sober addicts, can relapse.
Is Adderall less dangerous than cocaine, though? Would it be better for Lindsay, or anybody else, to be using Adderall instead of cocaine? The answer is really no because addiction is addiction. The instability, the change in brain chemistry, the physical and psychological effects, and the behavioral choices that come along with addiction are all equally bad when someone is in an active addiction.
If Lindsay can continue her progress in rehab and stay off Adderall, she stands a great chance at a life in recovery this time.
Post by: Marissa Maldonado