Dina Lohan visited NBC’s ‘Today Show‘ this morning after spending time at the Betty Ford Center, where her daughter Lindsay Lohan is back in rehab. Dina called the facility “life-changing” for Lindsay and an “amazing place.”
Matt Lauer asked Dina, who spent two weeks in family sessions at the clinic, about Lindsay’s condition. “Happy, relaxed. She’s just a different person,” Dina answered. “She’s been in a couple facilities, but this one, to me, has really changed her. They get into your psyche and your family and they bring the problem to the surface.”
Lauer and Lohan sparred the last time Dina stopped by ‘Today.’ “Dina felt ambushed by Matt,” a family friend told PopEater after the August appearance. “She was surprised how many tough questions he asked.”
Today, Lauer grilled the 48-year-old Dina again, though the air was devoid of contention: “When the judge said Lindsay needed to go here and sent her, he said to her in no uncertain terms, ‘You’re an addict,'” Lauer said. “Does Lindsay fully get that?”
“Yes,” Dina answered. “And this teaches you that you are, and she’s young. I thank God that he didn’t incarcerate her because that wouldn’t have helped her. And being so young, admitting that can only help her sobriety in the future.”
Dina also said she was comfortable with the concept that her 24-year-old daughter is an addict. “We take it one day at a time. Addiction is difficult. I don’t know, I don’t have a crystal ball. I pray hard.”
Dina says Lindsay wants to start her own rehabilitation facilities for other young people. She also acknowledged her daughter’s aim to return to film.
Lauer asked if Dina would encourage another early release for Lindsay or if the full time in rehab was due. “Lindsay wants to stay,” Dina said. “She’s learning the trigger points and why she turns to drugs or addiction. It’s a lifelong journey.”
The ‘Today’ interview came hours after news of Lindsay Lohan’s reunion with father Michael Lohan, Dina’s ex-husband, at the Betty Ford Center. The reunion was reportedly “emotional,” with “hugs, kisses, even a few tears.”
Originally reported by PopEater.com. Read the original article here.