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UPDATE: Inside Lindsay Lohan's Education Program

Mar. 18 2009, Published 8:37 a.m. ET

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Lindsay Lohan re-emerged on Monday afternoon after spending the weekend holed up in girlfriend Samantha Ronson’s house to reportedly attend the first of her sessions at alcohol education and treatment center Right On Programs in Glendale, CA.

The founder of Right On Programs, John Marshall, wouldn’t confirm reports that Lohan had been attending his meetings, (citing participant confidentiality) But he did explain to why he calls Right on Programs an “alternative” to Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs.

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“It’s much more about self-empowerment,” he explained. “You do have the power not to put a drink in your mouth.” Marshall estimates that about 100,000 people have participated in the state-licensed Right On Program since he founded it 31 years ago, and says he’s seen people “come back to who they really are” and even “get back into their careers” afterward.

In August of 2008, Lohan was ordered to complete an 18-month alcohol treatment plan as a penalty for racking up two back-to-back DUIs. The intensive year-and-a-half-long program requires:


-Six two-hour education classes

-26 face-to-face meetings

-26 two-hour group meetings

-26 self-help meetings (Alcoholics Anonymous or Right On Program’s “Get a Life” meetings)

-Six community re-entry groups

Last Friday, a misunderstanding about whether the star was meeting the court order led the Beverly Hills Police Department to issue a warrant for her arrest. While the warrant was later revoked, Lohan still has to prove she’s following the rules when she heads back to court on April 3. Under the court-order, she’ll be required to attend treatment meetings—both in group and one-on-one settings—twice a week for six months, then attend just once a month for the last year of the program.



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