Guinevere Gets Sober

Recovery news, reviews and stories, by Jennifer Matesa.

Lindsay Lohan sentenced to 90 days in jail + rehab

California Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel is obviously trying to raise the bottom for Lindsay Lohan—whose latest, widely reported stunt was drinking while wearing an ankle alcohol monitor during the MTV Music Awards last month.

Revel today sentenced Lohan to 90 days in jail followed by another 90 in inpatient rehab, not for the MTV escapade but for skipping alcohol-education classes during her probation.

Prosecutors had sought a month of jail. Revel apparently thought Lohan was not taking her probation “seriously” enough, so she tripled that suggestion, which made Lohan cry before the court—raising her hands to her eyes, revealing a tiny “FUCK YOU” painted onto the middle finger of her left hand, caught by discerning television cameras the world over. Classic.

Is doing time in a suburban L.A. jail really gonna teach Lohan anything about her addiction? Chances are dodgy enough that rehab will, especially if (imo) it’s anything less than a six-month stint. Most active addicts and alcoholics will use and drink despite almost any external circumstance.

So what will make the difference for this lost girl? Because I really wonder.


  1. I hope she finds that gift of desperation.

  2. I hope something helps. What a waste.

  3. guinevere

    July 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Em… that truly remains a mystery to me. I dunno how it found me.

  4. I was so happy when the judge sentenced her to inpatient rehab. 6-months would definitely be better than 90 days, but I’m just glad she’ll get some help. It might not be enough, and she might not be ready, but the seed could be planted . . .

  5. I don’t know what it will take for her to get sober. I know that from my experience, it took a few failed attempts at treatment and finally I just knew that if I drank anymore, I was going to die and soon. My life had just gotten so horrible that I did not want to live it, but I was also too frightened to commit suicide. I did know that yet another expensive trip to rehab wasn’t going to teach me anything that I hadn’t heard. So I made the hardest and best decision I’ve made and that was to suck it up and start going to AA in earnest. I needed the experience, strength and hope of people who had gone through similar things and I needed to LISTEN AND KEEP AN OPEN MIND. Keeping an open mind was the only thing that kept me sober for the first year. I really just kept telling myself over and over that if my life (the one inside) didn’t get better, I could always go back out and do it again. Thankfully I haven’t had to do that for almost 10 years now.
    The bottom line is that I had to give sobriety at least a chance. Not a week or two, but a good fair amount of time to make an honest decision based on sober living.

  6. Serena Manning

    July 8, 2010 at 2:02 am

    You need Jesus to take the desire of drinking a way and go to a meeting…..

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