Earlier this week, it was reported that Lindsay Lohan's father and entire management team staged an intervention for the perpetually troubled actress.
According to TMZ, Michael Lohan and several others showed up at Lindsay's house, because they believed she had fallen off the wagon and returned to her old habits. The intervention wasn't a success, as the cops arrived after someone called to report trespassers at her home.
TMZ later reported that Lindsay's father attempted to recruit "Celebrity Rehab" personality Dr. Drew Pinsky to run the intervention, but Drew declined, as he believed that his presence wouldn't help the situation. According to Michael, Pinsky believed Lindsay needed someone with a lower profile, and Michael ended up enlisting the services of an unnamed interventionist recommended by Lindsay's lawyer.
Despite the team's planning, Lindsay was not willing to listen and it may have been because not everyone was truly on board -- namely the actress's mother, Dina Lohan, who did not participate in the intervention.
According to John Southworth, a board-registered interventionist, who is often featured on A&Es "Intervention," having everyone committed to confronting an addict is crucial.
"Especially with a high profile person, if you don't have the agents, and mom, and dad, and everyone else, [it won't work] because the only reason they will go [get treatment] is because of consequences," he told The Huffington Post. "If you don't have everyone on board, it's all in vain."
Lindsay has already done five stints in rehab, but her father believes she's still abusing drugs and alcohol. In an email from Michael Lohan to Lindsay's lawyers, he claimed that he had been informed by several people that the actress was "drinking between a bottle and a bottle and a half of vodka per day" adding, "I have seen the empty bottles and even cocaine in her room at Chateau."
Lohan last checked into rehab at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif, in October 2010, but rehab is the smallest part of kicking an addiction according to Southworth, a former addict himself, who, like Lohan, went to treatment multiple times before he was able to get sober more than 20 years ago.
"Seamless, continued care for a minimum of five years," is the key to beating an addiction he said. "The problem is that people don't hang on for five years. As soon as they start looking good, and decide they don't need the [post-rehab programs] they relapse."
Lohan is far from the first public figure whose struggles with addiction have led friends and family members to step in and insist on a change. As the slideshow below shows, some of these interventions have failed -- but others have been life-saving.
“I basically had a nervous breakdown. I was really bad off,” <a href="http://www.seventeen.com/health/tips/demi-lovato-hub?click=SVN_NEW">Demi told Seventeen Magazine in an interview for their May 2012 issue</a>. “My parents and my manager pulled me aside and said, ‘You need to get some help.’ It was an intervention. I wanted freedom from the inner demons. I wanted to start my life over.” Lovato completed treatment and has gone on to speak out about her issues in hopes of helping other people. She's currently a judge on "X Factor."
Actor Cory Monteith opened up to <a href="http://www.parade.com/celebrity/2011/06/cory-monteith-glee.html">Parade magazine in 2011</a> about his drug use, which led to an intervention. The actor revealed that his mother was afraid that he “could die,” so along with the help of a group of friends, they staged an intervention when he was 19. “That’s when I first went to rehab. I did the stint but then went back to doing exactly what I left off doing," he said. “I stole a significant amount of money from a family member. I knew I was going to get caught, but I was so desperate I didn’t care. It was a cry for help. I was confronted and I said, ‘Yeah, it was me.’ It was the first honorable, truthful thing that had come out of my mouth in years.” The actor was finally given an ultimatum: kick his habit, or the family member would press charges. “I was done fighting myself,” he recalls of his turning point. “I finally said, ‘I’m gonna start looking at my life and figure out why I’m doing this.’” Since undergoing treatment, Monteith has gone on to star on the hit show "Glee."
In the months before Kurt Cobain committed suicide, friends of the troubled rock star organized an <a href="http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20107919,00.html">intervention to try to save him from himself. </a> "I told him. You've got to be a good daddy. We've got to be good parents," his wife Courtney Love revealed to People magazine. The intervention backfired, however, when Cobain bolted 36 hours after checking into the Exodus Recovery Center, a drug-treatment facility in Marina Del Rey, Calif. Cobain committed suicide in 1994.
Earlier this year it was reported that former child actor Macaulay Culkin was in the throes of a dangerous heroin addiction. <a href="http://www.entertainmentwise.com/news/84849/Mila-Kunis-Intervention-To-Save-Ex-Boyfriend-Macaulay-Culkin">The National Enquirer, who made the initial claims of the actor's drug use, also claimed that his ex-girlfriend Mila Kunis tried to stage an intervention for the actor, but her pleas for him to get help fell on deaf ears. </a> “Ashton [Kutcher] convinced Mila to call Mac during their getaway in Bali,” a source close to the actress told the magazine. “So Mila had an assistant track him down on the phone. When she finally heard Mac’s voice, she burst into tears. Then Mila begged Mac to seek treatment in rehab, She desperately tried to make him understand that it was not too late for him to get well.” Culkin's reps denied reports the actor has a drug problem. The former child star most <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-j-kushner/orms-an-art-collective-wi_b_1858169.html">recently held an art show with his art collective, affectionately dubbed Three Men and a Baby. </a>
After the tragic death of Whitney Houston this past year, it was reported that family members were concerned for the singer's daughter Bobbi Kristina. <a href="http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2012/04/bobbi-kristina-brown-intervention-rehab-drugs-whitney-houston">RadarOnline reported </a>that family and friends of late pop icon held an intervention for Bobbi Kristina, who has been going downhill fast since her mom’s shocking death. “There were lots of tears, but Bobbi Kristina didn’t listen,” the source told the website. Brown is currently <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/25/the-houstons-on-our-own-bobbi-kristina-wine-video_n_2015378.html">engaged to her adopted brother, Nick Gordon, and featured on the reality series "The Houstons: On Our Own."</a>
During Charlie Sheen's meltdown in 2011, his ex-wife Denise Richards reportedly tried to stage an intervention for the troubled actor. <a href="http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2011/01/exclusive-charlie-sheens-intervention-denise-richards-tried-persuade-him-enter">RadarOnline reported</a> that Richard stopped by Sheen’s gated mansion and attempted to persuade him to get help, but to no avail. “Denise went over to Charlie’s house on Sunday to try and talk him into entering a treatment facility, but Charlie refused,” a source told the website, and added that at the time Sheen didn't think he needed help. Sheen currently stars on the TV show "Anger Management."
<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/2012/10/22/lindsay-lohan-intervention-drugs-michael-lohan/1649287/">It's been reported that Lindsay Lohan's team</a>, including her father, Michael Lohan; entertainment lawyer, Dave Feldman; her manager, Evan Hainey; and her criminal lawyer, Shawn Holley, orchestrated an intervention for the troubled actress. But it's not the first time loved ones have attempted to intervene in her destructive behaviors. <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1519731/lindsay-admits-eating-disorder-drug-use.jhtml">In 2006 Lohan told Vanity Fair of the intervention staged by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler about the actress' plummeting weight: </a> "They sat me down, literally before I was going to do [SNL] , and they said, 'You need to take care of yourself. We care about you too much, and we've seen too many people do this,' and I just started bawling. I knew I had a problem and I couldn't admit it." Lohan is currently trying to get her career back on track and has several projects due out in the coming months.
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