The first look at Oprah Winfrey’s effort to salvage Lindsay Lohan’s career through a reality show intervention premiered online Tuesday, and it’s clear the queen of interviewing isn’t playing any games. “You need to cut the bulls–t,” Winfrey, 60, tells Lohan in the 2-minute sneak peek. “You really do.”
Lindsay Lohan’s new reality show ‘Lindsay’ follows the star on her journey through recovery following a very public period of disaster. Already, watchers get a hint of drama that surrounds the 27-year-old actress’ rehabilitation from drugs, alcohol and the status she gathered as one of Hollywood’s biggest party girls. The series debuts on Sunday night on OWN with the actress going to meetings, dodging cameras, spending time with her family, arguing with her father and having a serious sit down with Oprah. In the small clip of the show, Lohan states that she feels like a prisoner all the time. At one point, it shows her sober coach as he is asked if Lindsay is staying sober – and his answer isn’t very clear.
This show gives Lindsay the chance to tell her side of the story and show what it’s like for people to work with the star. She has admitted to knowing that this is her last shot at a serious acting career. Oprah gets real with Lindsay and tells her that she needs to take her recovery seriously. “This is exactly what everybody said was going to happen and I believed differently,” Winfrey says. “She doesn’t understand this is her life.”
Lindsay Lohan has definitely been back and forth in the recovery scene quite a few times and I commend her for broadcasting her journey to the world, but I don’t think I could handle it. When I first got sober, I had a hard enough time just talking to friends, family and supports. I couldn’t imagine being on television and having the whole world view my recovery process. This is a very scary and serious disease and if Lohan doesn’t get her act together, she could be jeopardizing more than just her career – this disease can kill you.
The disease of addiction is a baffling and powerful thing that shouldn’t be taken lightly. None of us choose this lifestyle and we shouldn’t judge Lindsay for her struggles with it but it also needs to be brought to attention that she’s playing games with her life. Oprah seems to be having a positive effect on her and getting her to take everything more seriously. If I was being given a $2 million paycheck to get my life straightened out, I would like to think I would do it – but being an addict certainly changes things.
It doesn’t matter the reason we have to stay sober, all that matters is that we are willing and just put in the action. Being in recovery isn’t for people who want it or need it; it’s for people that do it. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.