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Lindsay Lohan argued that further drug treatment would be 'damaging to her career,' report states

October 22, 2010 |  2:58 pm

Actress Lindsay Lohan claimed continued inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation would be a financial hardship and "damaging to her career," according to a report prepared and submitted to the court this week by the Los Angeles County Probation Department.

Even so, Lohan's probation officer recommended that the actress, known for her roles in "Mean Girls," "The Parent Trap" and "Freaky Friday," continue her treatment for 120 days.

"Reports from all treatment professionals agree that inpatient treatment appears to be the most appropriate option for the defendant at this time," the report states. "Possibly removing herself from her lifestyle and it's pressures for an extended period of time is exactly what is needed to preserve her health."

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elden Fox agreed Friday, ordering Lohan to remain at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage until Jan 3. Lohan could have been sent back to jail after failing drug tests in violation of her probation on a misdemeanor drunk driving conviction.

The supplemental probation report contains descriptions from a doctor and a chemical dependency counselor that described the progress Lohan was making during counseling sessions and separate rehabilitation stints.

Her stays at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center's neuropsychiatric hospital and the Betty Ford clinic followed her release from jail in July for a probation violation on a misdemeanor drunk driving conviction.

After failing a drug test in September, which led Fox to jail her before she was freed on appeal, chemical dependency counselor Gary Richman said Lohan "finally began to talk about feeling powerless and about being an addict," according to the report

Still, Richman said he thought Lohan needed ongoing treatment and said the actress "has a lot of growing up to do," the report states.

"She must make several changes in her life in order to succeed, especially coming from a family of dysfunction," Richman noted.

Psychotherapist Lee Sadja of UCLA was even more blunt. Calling Lohan "a wonderful young woman," Sadja, who treated Lohan at UCLA and on an outpatient basis, told probation officials the actress "needs to continue to work on her issues in order to save her life."

-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Lindsay Lohan arrives at court Friday.

Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press