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Lindsay Lohan:

Thanks Dad,

You Created This

10/11/2010 8:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Lindsay Lohan is doing a lot of thinking at Betty Ford, and she's already reached one big conclusion -- she's in the mess she's in largely because of daddy Michael Lohan.

Lindsay Lohan
Some of Lindsay's friends and relatives tell us ... LiLo is spending a lot of time talking to counselors about the path that led her to drug and alcohol addiction.  And she's convinced the nightmare of growing up in such a dysfunctional family has taken its toll.

Lindsay repeatedly talks about allegations Dina made in her divorce papers ... that Michael abused her. Lindsay says she witnessed it firsthand, and it's still tough to deal with.  In particular, Lindsay claims she had to step in and protect her mother from Michael.  Michael has denied allegations of physical abuse.

Our sources say Lindsay talks a lot about growing up with a dad who was periodically behind bars.  Add to that -- she moved out to L.A. at a very young age, with almost no parental supervision.

And, Lindsay believes, the tabloid scrutiny of her life has taken its toll.

And that's just scratching the surface ...

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Cath    

You guys at TMZ need to seriously re-evaluate what you report. No one should be in a place to help your health and have what you say written about. I draw the line here. I love your show for the comedy part but reporting this is very wrong. You need to take a hard look at yourselves and then leave Lindsey alone to get well.

1451 days ago
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Mr Baxter    

I think Lindsay might be hitting on something here. I haven't really felt empathy for her until the recently failed drug tests. She's a human being with a problem, and if she never sets foot inside a studio again I honestly hope she conquers her addictions. She has to figure out why she seeks escape even in the face of jail time. Conquering addictions takes a deep self survey, and maybe this is the first step. Best wishes to Ms. Lohan.

1451 days ago
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Jinxy    

It seems she is telling the truth about her violent father and the insanity she had to deal with growing up. Her ****bag father's done a great job of showing the world what a criminal leech he is, who was missing and in prison or an alcoholic coke fiend during her childhood. She barely spent time with the man as a child, he was in prison, on trial, or just getting out of prison. Good for her because the only way to get rid of Mike Blohan is to tell the truth about him publicly, she said as much on twitter and Mike Blohan freaked out and demanded she take it down in a threatening manner. You're only as sick as your secrets, and perhaps that's what douchbag dad wanted in family counseling, for Linds to continue to keep what happened in that house during her childhood a secret so daddy dearest could collect couch change for some money. She's got a lot to tell, and I hope it helps her get rid of the lice called Michael Lohan once and for all.

1451 days ago
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Jim    

Lindsay talks about it on Vanity Fair mag and old interview.
What's the point here hmmm.

1451 days ago
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Truth    

SOUNDS LIKE BITCH LINDSAY NEEDS TO GET OUT OF SHOWBIZ FAST... SHE'S NOT MENTALLY CAPABLE OF HANDLING A LIFE IN THE PUBLIC. MIGHT AS WELL LEARN TO FILE AND TYPE AND GO BACK TO EFFING SKOOL!!

TRUTH.

1451 days ago
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whateverpeeps    

Big deal, all of those things except tabloid scruity apply to me. Replace tabloid scrutiny with financial issues, which is a much bigger problem

I'm a college graduate with zero history of drug and alcohol abuse.

You are what you make yourself to be. Living in a dysfunctional family is not easy nor fair. But what can you do? Some of us were just dealt bad cards in life, but we still have to play the game.

In terms of dealing with family problems, you can either develop healthy coping mechanisms (hard way) or unhealthy ones (easy way-drugs). If you manage to emerge from that kind of family undamaged, you can pretty much bet that nothing in this world can harm you, and that you will be wise beyond your years. If you don't, well you'll wind up a druggie.

I say yes, your life sucks, I empathize with you and feel truly sorry for you, but you're in your early 20's. It's time to stop blaming your parents because you haven't yet learned how to do cope with real problems.

1451 days ago
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MelissaBezzina    

http://twitter.com/MelissaBezzina

1451 days ago
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Good riddance!    

What about when she punched her own mother, if that's what you could call her, in the face and threw her out of a moving car? But there is always someone else to blame.

1451 days ago
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Lynn M    

We'll know when she has made a breakthrough when she finally takes responsibility for her own life instead of blaming everyone else.

Grow up.

1451 days ago
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SNAFU    

Jeez, who didn't have a tough childhood in one way or the other?

1451 days ago
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HarryPalms    

someone has to be blamed...

1451 days ago
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Robert    

Of course he was behind bars...he was a bartender..

1451 days ago
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HarryPalms    

she's still trying to act the role of the victim

1451 days ago
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charles    

please refer/consider post number 5.

1451 days ago
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B    

I feel so lucky that I live in New York. LA is full of brainless morons.

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