NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lindsay Lohan’s experience at the Betty Ford Center has led her to want to open her own rehab facilities for other young troubled people, the actress’s mother said on Monday.
Lohan, 24, is currently being treated at the center in southern California, famed for treating stars, in what is her fifth stint in rehab in three years. She was ordered by a judge last month back to the drug and alcohol rehab until January, after failing a random drug test.
Her mother, Dina Lohan, told the “Today” show on Monday that she hoped the rehabilitation this time will be different.
“We take it one day at a time, addiction is difficult. I don’t know, I don’t have a crystal ball. I pray hard and I hope she will be able — she wants to start her own facilities, help other children. She is so public that I think we can only be positive and look to the future to help other families.”
She described her stint at Betty Ford as “life-changing” and her daughter was now “happy, relaxed, she is just a different person.”
The troubled actress, who starred in hit movies such as “Mean Girls,” now understood she was an addict — “Yes, and this teaches you that you are...being so young, admitting that, can only help her sobriety in the future,” Dina Lohan said.
She said that Lindsay hopes to return to movie-making once she leaves rehab. “Lindsay is going to go back, loves film, that’s what she wants to do,” Dina Lohan said.
The former teen idol’s movie career has been derailed for three years because of failed drug tests, missed alcohol education classes, stints in rehab and three brief spells in jail.
Reporting by Christine Kearney, editing by Jill Serjeant