Ok, I know this story is a little weird, but bear with me. Dr. Drew was recently asked what he would do if he were Lindsay Lohan’s father to try and get her help. His reply was: “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.” This, of course, is not okay. To pin a bunch of felonies on someone just to get them to go to rehab is not only underhanded and shady, it’s illegal. Also, psychological and mental health services are very ineffective if the patient is forced to attend against their will.
Dr. Drew explains himself on the Huffington Post, but the only defenses he uses are that he’s a father (you can’t let your emotions cause you to stuff felony amounts of drugs in someone’s trunk and then call the police on them) and that addiction is a dangerous disease. I think we should stick to the legal and consensual methods of treatment of this disease; a person has the right to accept or refuse treatment. A person has the right to make their own decisions, even if they decide to become a burnout. Read Russ Belville’s take on the whole Dr. Drew incident on Huffington Post.