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Hollywood's Revolving Rehab Door
February 1, 2007

By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
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Tara Conner is coming out, Isaiah Washington is going in and Lindsay Lohan is somewhere in between.

It's the Big R, the latest Tinseltown rite of redemption. It's rehab, and it's working famously.

Conner just finished a rehab stint. She's probably polishing her tiara right now and readying herself to go back to full-time beauty queening, thanks to a reprieve she received from The Donald himself.

The rumor mill for the reigning Miss USA, though, continues to grind but not necessarily to the crowned one's detriment. As the result of her short-lived scandal, Conner has actually become more famous than most of her predecessors.

A rep for the Miss Universe organization denied a report that the rehabilitated Conner would attend a party celebrating her return at the very same nightclub where she allegedly drank alcohol and engaged in other activities that were inconsistent with her royal duties.

Meanwhile "Grey's Anatomy" star Isaiah Washington entered a rehab treatment program as part of a self-flagellation and job retention campaign following his use of a gay pejorative at the Golden Globes.

Washington reportedly agreed to cough up an apology and head to rehab after meeting with some ABC television suits.

Now if you consult the Complete Book of Hollywood Etiquette, you'll find that the use of certain words is much more egregious than other kinds of bad Hollywood behavior like sporting the same dress to an event as your red carpet rival or wrapping a Prius around a telephone pole at 3:00 a.m.

At the Globes, while denying a previous report that he had used the f-a-word to refer his co-star T.R. Knight, Washington said the offending word loud and clear into a very large microphone.

After the incident almost cost him his job, the actor issued a carefully worded statement, which read in part, "With the support of my family and friends, I have begun counseling. I regard this as a necessary step toward understanding why I did what I did and making sure it never happens again."

As Conner and Washington exit and enter rehab facilities, party-holic Lohan remains half in, half out. The "Mean Girl" actress reportedly returned to work last week on her upcoming movie "I Know Who Killed Me" (about a woman with dual personalities) but continues to undergo treatment at, no joke, the Wonderland Center, which is located in the Hollywood Hills.

Wonderland offers services to kick addictions including alcohol, drugs, gambling, eating, and even shopping.

The facility is pure Hollywood. Its Web site boasts, "In our residential programs our clients live in beautiful homes on a 3 acre private gated estate and enjoy the services of a gourmet chef, nutritionist, fitness trainers, yoga instructors and spiritual guides."

Lindsay's mom, Dina Lohan, told People magazine that her daughter was in "an outpatient program" and would be there for a "week or two."

The pampered rehab treatment also afforded Lindsay the opportunity to watch her TV faves on plasma. "I'm fine. Nothing to worry about," Lohan told OK magazine by phone. "I'm actually watching American Idol at the moment and laughing so hard!"

The Left Coast Report wonders who'll be starring in rehab next.

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