"I think her best shot is jail and fear," said Danny Bonaduce, the "Partrdige Family" child star and current Philadelphia radio host who chronicled his battle with substance abuse in the VH1 reality TV series, "Breaking Bonaduce." "Rehab does not help."
"Promises charged me $4,000 for my stay," he added, referring to the celebrity-friendly treatment center in Malibu, California where Lohan spent 45 days in 2007. "I drank on the way home."
Indeed, in July 2007, less than two weeks after leaving Promises, she refused to take a field sobriety test and was hauled to the Santa Monica police station, where cops found cocaine in her pocket and her blood alcohol level over the legal limit. The following month, after pleading guilty to using cocaine and driving under the influence, Lohan released a statement admitting, unequivocally, "I am addicted to alcohol and drugs." But Bonaduce questions whether those vices are Lohan's real addictions.
"It's fame. People wonder why she does the crazy antics that she does -- do you ever think about how you're seeing them? She's doing it for the cameras," he said. "I don't know if she's addicted to the nightclubs or to the paparazzi, but her skin looks way too good for her to be a real drunk."
Bonduce offered a possible prescription for Lohan, a non-bottled substance that prevents him from falling off track:
"I have a keeper," he said. "I'm bright enough to have a fiancee that doesn't let me out of her sight."
But the key is finding that special someone. Love has elduded Lohan since she split with DJ Samantha Ronson in 2009; photogs rarely catch her arm-in-arm with an indispensible gal-pal. If she's going to have a keeper, it's going to come from her family, for better or for worse.
"She's had her bouts with friends who've sold stories to tabloid, who've spoken about her in the press for their own gain," said David Caplan, senior editor for People magazine. "For Lindsay, family is the best it's going to get, regardless of what we think of them."