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Ben Affleck

I Told Lindsay

How To Stay Sober

8/12/2013 5:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Lindsay Lohan
got a surprise visit while she was ensconced in rehab -- we found out Ben Affleck had a secret meeting with her as a show of support.

Affleck -- who himself was in rehab back in 2001 -- met Lindsay somewhere away from the Cliffside rehab facility in Malibu where Lindsay was getting treatment.  We're told Ben gave her guidance on how to maintain sobriety after rehab for someone in Hollywood.

We're told Ben talked to Lindsay about how to make a comeback in Hollywood -- a subject on which he's an expert.  Ben talked to Lindsay about her career -- on how talented she is and how she has the ability to turn things around.

Ben also told her how supportive the entertainment community is for people who make a real effort to get better and stay clean.  Our sources say the meeting really touched her.

The meeting was not about Lindsay appearing in Ben's new movie, "Live By Night."  Lindsay will not be in the flick.

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76.

Reg    

Well I guess if they make a remake of the "BLOB" she would be a shoo in for the lead role.

249 days ago
77.

Brian    

That was nice of Ben to do.

249 days ago
78.

Eye roll     

It's very interesting how TMZzzzzz keeps Lindsey in the news everyday. I don't even know why I waste my time on this site. Tmz contradicts itself everyday. I guess Lindsey's agent is married to a big exec at tmz. Just like the Kardashians weirdos.

249 days ago
79.

jc    

I just had a mental pic of Liho at the 'Gym" passed out on the floor, sweating profusely, crapped herself....sort of like the poo pic but next to an exercise bike!

249 days ago
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Its Nikki Bitches    

Burning Question: Yes or no: Is Lindsay Lohan using a sober coach and if so, will that help her, given her history? — T. E., Everett, WA

Short answer: Yep, and maybe.

I can confirm that Lohan has accepted a sober coach into her life, though details on this person — such as whether he or she works for Cliffside Malibu, the live-in facility that recently housed the actress — are scarce.

The companion may work for Cliffside; for another doctor overseeing Lohan's recovery; or nobody in particular.

There's a good chance that the coach is getting paid, however: According to Dr. Howard Samuels of the Hills Treatment Center, such buddies usually run between $300 to $1,500 per day, which sounds like great pay unless you consider that sober coaching is generally considered to be a 24/7 kind of gig. The companion may also have to send regular reports to a supervising physician.

[Related: Lindsay Disses Kristen Stewart in Post-Rehab Interview]

"If a sober companion is working for me, they have to give me written updates daily, a clinical log of how the patient is doing," he says.

As for how effective Lohan's mystery friend may be, well, put it this way: Sober companionship is essentially an unregulated industry. It isn't monitored by any government body or medical association, only the hiring physician, if there is one.

"A lot of people don't know what they're doing," Samuels explains to me, although, he adds, a good sober companion will have some kind of training.

[Related: Did Lindsay Drive Chaka Khan Out of Rehab?]

"You have to be trained in how to work with people, how to deal with curve balls," Samuels says. "And you need to be able to say no to a recovering person in a way that isn't offensive or alienating."

All that said, recovery specialists remain deeply divided about whether sober coaches aid recovery at all.

[Related: Was Lindsay's Rehab Stay Typical?]

Registered addiction specialist Clare Waismann of the Waismann Method, for one, has her doubts.

Needing a sober companion after rehab is often an indication that the patient has deeper psychological problems that haven't been addressed, she says.

"An addict can use [drugs or alcohol] to numb her feelings," Waismann explains. "Once those feelings are assessed and treated, she doesn't have that craving anymore" and shouldn't need a sober companion, she argues.

[Related: Check Out Lindsay's Rehab Certificate!]

However, other treatment experts, such as Samuels, insist that recovering addicts such as Lohan are almost always better off with a sober companion, at least, for a limited period.

"At one point," he says, "you've got to stop the sober companion and let the client form her own support system. Otherwise the client becomes too dependent on the sober companion. "We'll just have to see where Lindsay is in six months."

249 days ago
81.

Bear King of the Dead Thread Heads (and he means it)    

I hate her on this thread too.

249 days ago
82.

Its Nikki Bitches    

This Gater is signing off, Sweet Dreams everyone. See ya tomorrow for more Lohan laughs

249 days ago
83.

Meggie    

has anyone else realized how much TMZ loves the word "ensconsed"

249 days ago
84.

Grandma Cracker    

So when does Lindsay start filming Gotti?

249 days ago
85.

Marvin    

Lindsay was featured on Extra in several spots and now is being shown on Access Hollywood.....LiLO is Back......Ben is a great guy!!!

249 days ago
86.

Dr. Cornelia J. Dogbarker PhD    

Ummmm....sorry, but ol' Freckle-crotch is NOT talented. That fact seems to be what a lot of people are missing when discussing this dumb, useless, used-up, self-obsessed piece of filth. She really, really wants to be. I see that. But she isn't. And for most people, that would be the end of it.....

249 days ago
87.

Marvin    

LiLO and ARGO.....

249 days ago
88.

Marvin    

Oh wait now it's LiLO and SHAQ on my plasma, oh it's LILO and Oprah now.....

249 days ago
89.

Bess    

So, why didn't't Cliffside report that 'LL left the premises for the meeting with Ben?

249 days ago
90.

ketjo    

By the way......she was on total lockdown people.....which means no leaving the unit let alone the grounds of the rehab....that would be a Probation violation.........are you now saying she broke her probation by leaving Cliffside.....?" cause if you are I think some Judges and lawyers would be interested in that fact.......

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