Seeing the photos of Lindsay Lohan in the courtroom yesterday reminded me of that low day in 2006 when Mr. Trump found out about my substance abuse issues. I felt ashamed and humiliated about my behavior but in the strangest way I also felt relieved. I didn’t have to hide it anymore.
It’s not my place to label anyone as an addict, but if Lindsay suffers from the same disease I have battled, I really hope that she takes this court-ordered sentence as an opportunity to get the relief she needs. Like most addicts, I was resistant to treatment at first – but the time I spent at Caron gave me the tools I use daily to manage my life in a healthy way.
I really encourage everyone following this story not to judge Lindsay but instead to see her as a friend or sister who may be sick and possibly needs to take an important step out of the spotlight and into a place of healing and recovery.
Tara Conner is a Public Advocacy Consultant for Caron Treatment Centers and was Miss USA 2006.