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Lindsay Lohan Claims She's Not Drinking But Expert Says She's Heading Towards Relapse — Exclusive

Wed, March 23, 2011 7:02pm EDT by Add first Comment
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Addiction specialist Marty Brenner thinks Lindsay needs immediate help and says he’s concerned about her younger siblings

Lindsay Lohan may be in recovery but her recent behavior could be putting her sobriety in jeopardy. Last weekend she went to the Beauty & Essex lounge in NYC where they serve champagne in the bathroom … and she visited the bar two nights in a row! Is this the right behavior for a recovering addict?

It’s a slippery situation,” explains Beverly Hills Addiction Recovery and Anger Management Specialist Marty Brenner. “She’s heading right to a relapse.”

Lindsay went to Beauty & Essex with her brother and a few friends on March 18 and March 19. They had dinner in the Grand Dining room then moved to the Pearl Lounge after eating beer-battered Maine lobster tacos and seared Nori spiced tuna.

An eyewitness says Lindsay was “super-friendly” to fans and stopped to take pictures. When someone pointed out there was “free champagne in the bathroom” she made it a point to say she doesn’t drink anymore. “It made me crazy,” she explained.

But Brenner doesn’t believe Lindsay’s fully recovered. “She’s never had real treatment ever. Even in Betty Ford she ran away. She’s under a lot of pressure right now with her father’s domestic violence case and the announcement she’s heading to trial. Who is helping her with all this pressure? If she puts herself in a place with triggers [like alcohol], and she’s under a lot of pressure, her brain is wired to medicate and drink.”

In fact, Brenner thinks Lindsay needs serious help. “She needs a brain scan. Lindsay is totally open for a relapse until somebody really works on her. Her brain has to be retrained to focus completely differently. She needs help handling anxiety. She needs to get out of the limelight.”

Brenner adds that his concerns are not limited to Lindsay. “I’m concerned about Ali and Lindsay’s brother Michael. What kind of role model is she right now? The normal response the first time you are around triggers is ‘Okay, I’ll pass.’ But the second time … who knows what could happen?”

Do you agree that Lindsay should be staying away from temptation? Or do you think it is just enough for her to say no? Sound off below!

Lorena O’Neil with additional reporting by Katrina Mitzeliotis

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