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Dr. Drew justifies comments on Lindsay Lohan intervention tactics

Wonderwall, Monday, April 19, 2010, 11:51am (PDT)

By Melissa Hunter

Dr. Drew Pinsky took to writing a letter to the Huffington Post to defend his controversial remarks regarding Lindsay Lohan last week. Pinsky had stated in an interview with Radar that if he were Lindsay's father, he would set her up to get arrested in order to get her to rehab.

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Dr. Drew explains, "When I was asked as a father, if I were in Michael Lohan's position, what would I do to help my daughter, I am clear that I would go to any lengths to get her to and retain her in treatment. Bringing legal consequences to bear is often the only alternative. It would kill me but I would do it."

In his interview on Friday, Dr. Drew's strikingly bold statements got him into some hot water. He said, "If she were my daughter, I would pack her car full with illegal substances, send her on her way, call the police, and make sure she was arrested. I would make sure she was not allowed to get out of jail. I would then go to the judge and make sure she was ordered to a minimum of a three year sobriety program."

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Lindsay, who spent the weekend partying at the Coachella music festival, responded to Dr. Drew's statements by telling Gossip Cop on Saturday, "He's a quack and a sell-out ... Please tell him to stop!"

So why such harsh words? Pinsky suggests the pressures of making a good interview might have had something to do with it. He explains, "Perhaps I surrendered my equanimity to a flight of journalistic excess by even suggesting that he plant drugs. But if I was in his position and I knew she was addicted (which I personally do not) and all else had failed, I suspect I would contemplate even this as a last resort."

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He continues on to explain that this would only be a measure taken in the most drastic of addictions. He writes to the Huff Po, "Let me be clear I am not suggesting this as a routine intervention but we frequently enlist law enforcement when we have exhausted other measures. To those of you who reacted in outrage when I made this suggestion, I will remind you that millions of you watched the first season of 'Sober House' when as difficult as it was for her, the house manager, Jennifer Gimenez, summoned police to contain Steven Adler. We then advocated for long-term treatment as an alternative to imprisonment; an enlightened judge granted this, and today as a result Steven is sober and thriving. Were it not for this intervention, as miserable as it was for Steven, I believe he would have soon succumbed to his addiction."

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