Lindsay Lohan - Her Recovery and Second Chance

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Sometimes life can be very unforgiving, a mistake, a wrong choice, or maybe even an addiction
or grief can fundamentally change someone’s life and behavior. If you’re a celebrity the lens upon you is even more scrutinized with paparazzi photographing your every move. Britney Spears was overwhelmed by a variety of factors and shaved her head and ended up in a decades-long
conservatorship. Amanda Bynes had her struggles with mental health. Lindsay Lohan had that
interview with Oprah where she revealed her fight with addiction. Even just a few years ago,
society was more hypercritical of those who fell off the path, and today, I feel like aspects of that have softened a bit and opened the door for second chances. Lindsay Lohan is someone that is
taking that refresh and running into another successful leg of her career.

Lohan’s film roles span: The Parent Trap, Freaky Friday, Mean Girls, and her newest movie airing
on Netflix Falling For Christmas. This is someone that I grew up with through the ages, with Mean
Girls being one of my favorite films of all time. Acting is a job, and the pressure of a full job as a kid, I think is a lot to handle. As the audience, we only see the veneer of the celebrity, the smiles,and the glam, not the hardships. When Lindsay Lohan got older from time to time we’d see unflattering headlines and wonder where it all went wrong, ignorant of the mental health issues Lindsay and other celebrities deal with every day.

When I saw Lindsay Lohan promote her new movie, I looked at how healthy and vibrant she
expressed herself. She talked about her new husband and a great support system. She was even
promoting “Pilk” Pepsi and Milk which, I’m not sure if I would ever try myself. I really enjoyed her Christmas Movie as well, I felt like I was a kid again watching Lindsay on the Big Screen again. An important resource in any type of recovery is a robust support system. Doing it alone can be very difficult at times, and you need people that can help you be the best person you can be sometimes.

People make mistakes and they have hardships with mental health and addictions as well maybe
giving people like that a second chance once they’re well is something we should see more of in
the real world. Not just for celebrities but for everyday people as well. We all deserve a chance to do and be our best right? I can only hope Lindsay Lohan’s recovery continues to go well for her and hopefully we’ll see more media projects from her in the future.


Ziggy is a Certified Peer Specialist in PA and currently resides in Pittsburgh. He is a member of the Let’s Act committee, a group of peers devoted to raising awareness about mental health care. In his downtime, he enjoys reading novels and watching nature documentaries.

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