Dina Lohan: Lindsay faces lifelong addiction battle

The 24-year-old actress has been in all kinds of renewed trouble with the law these last few months, including two stints behind bars, one for violating her probation for her 2007 DUI conviction and another, albeit extremely brief, for failing a drugs test.

Lindsay only recently left the Betty Ford Center but she has managed to land herself in the boiling pot again. Just as things were starting to look up for the fresh-out-of-jail-and-rehab star, she now has a cumbersome felony grand theft hanging around her neck.

Speaking to ABC News on Friday, Lindsay’s mother spoke out in defense of her trouble-magnet daughter,  while also admitting that she faces a “lifelong struggle with addiction”.

“I believe [that Lindsay doesn’t drink anymore], and I think it’s gonna be a lifelong struggle with addiction. But I think she’s gonna be okay,” she told the network’s Chris Cuomo. “She’s a young girl struggling. You know, she’s not perfect…She’s learning as she goes, but she’s learning under a microscope, so I can’t even imagine how that is.”

Dina believes Lindsay’s downfall started in 2004 when she moved to LA at the age of 18. “I knew early on, I just didn’t tell anyone about it. It was a personal situation,” Dina explained.

“You know, you have to be ready as an individual. It’s not just gonna happen. You have to hit your own bottom.

“I never thought it would be this — the media would be so crazy. I really never thought it would get to this level. It’s been realy hard on my family, harder than anything.

“I really think she was at a maturation level that she now understands what she needs to get from it. And she grasps that.”

Chris Cuomo’s interview with Dina Lohan airs Friday night on 20 / 20 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC

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