The actress "is serious about her sobriety" her attorney tells the new judge overseeing Lohan's case

By Ken Lee
August 25, 2010 12:30 PM
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Lindsay Lohan was ordered by her new judge to a strict regimen of drug treatment and psychotherapy following her release from inpatient rehab Tuesday.

Among Judge Elden Fox’s orders for now: Lohan must submit to random drug and alcohol testing twice a week, as well as attend two behavioral therapy sessions weekly. She must also have seven contacts per week with a counselor for chemical dependency issues and attend 12-step chemical dependency sessions five times weekly. In addition, she must attend four psychotherapy sessions a week.

Judge Fox warned that any missed or dirty tests would result in a 30-day jail sentence. The new rules apply until a Nov. 1 progress review. Until then, Lohan was ordered to reside at her Los Angeles home.

“She is serious about her sobriety,” the actress’s attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, told the judge. “She looks forward to proving to the court … that she’s moving forward in a positive manner.” Outside the courthouse, Holley told reporters: “This is a new beginning for Lindsay Lohan,” adding that she was released early from inpatient treatment because her doctors found it was “completely unnecessary and that it was in her own best interest to move her to outpatient treatment.”

Holley added that she didn’t know whether Lohan was initially misdiagnosed, and shot down rumors that Lohan would be attending the L.A. premiere of her new movie, Machete, Wednesday night. “She thought it was better for her to focus [on recovery] and not go to something splashy. She’s healthy and clear-headed.” In addition, Holley added that Lohan’s new probation orders would allow the actress to return to work.

The judge also dropped two drug counts in Lohan’s DUI case because she had satisfied her probation requirements for those charges.

Lohan, 24, who was not present at the hearing, was released Tuesday from UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Hospital after 23 days.

She was originally sentenced by a previous judge to serve three months at the facility.

Immediately prior, the actress served 13 full days of a 90-day sentence at a Lynwood, Calif., jail after violating her probation.