Did Michael Lohan Intervene on "Octomom"?
Lohan claims he helped the mother of eight get into treatment; she says not. Insiders tell The Fix that Lohan gives recovery "a bad name."
Call it the battle of the 15-minuters: Michael Lohan says that he helped get "Octomom" Nadya Suleman into rehab this week—but Octomom herself says she went it alone. "I chose to seek treatment after consulting with my manager regarding my recent use of Xanax, which was prescribed by my physician for panic attacks," Suleman stated. "There were no other people involved with me entering treatment other than my manager and myself. There was no intervention that took place." But Lohan is sticking to his story, declaring that he worked with Suleman's manager to help get Octomom into treatment.
So what's left to say about Lohan's latest headline? "It's really sad that there are people out there who say they're in recovery when they're so obviously not and are just trying to get their names in the newspaper," Howard Samuels, owner of The Hills treatment center, tells The Fix. Samuels was recently confronted by Michael Lohan while discussing his attempted intervention on his own daughter, Lindsay Lohan, on the TV show Issues With Jane Velez-Mitchell. Samuels pointed out that Michael was the last person who should be doing an intervention on his daughter—since he'd been arrested several times in the previous year-and-a-half and police records showed that he'd been under the influence of alcohol and drugs on at least one of those occasions. Michael Lohan then called into the show and confronted Samuels on the air, claiming that he was eight years sober and worked as an interventionist. "People like this give recovery a bad name," says Samuels. "They embarrass themselves and the people out there who are truly trying to help people. Even if Michael wasn't under the influence when he was arrested, as he claims, being arrested for domestic violence isn't recovery. If he could recognize that, then he could work on his issues and become a healthier person."