Celebs Turning Rehab Into Joke: Experts

Lohan, Spears 'waltzing' in and out of treatment sends wrong message
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Jul 26, 2007 10:29 AM CDT

(Newser) – The debauched lifestyles of celebrities like Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears are turning substance-abuse rehab into a punch line, making light of a process that helps thousands of people each year, say experts. Lohan was arrested on suspicion of DUI this week just days after finishing rehab; in February, Spears checked into rehab three times—in one week.

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"It is making a mockery of rehabs," one psychologist tells Reuters. Multiple stints are common for individuals who relapse, but "waltzing" in and out sends the wrong message, says an addiction expert. US Weekly's editor gets out the big guns, comparing Lohan to Robert Downey Jr.: "an incredibly gifted actor whose personal shortcomings just keep getting in the way." (Read more celebrity stories.)

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