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Turns out TMZ was wrong about Lindsay Lohan's desire to spend more time in rehab. At 6 p.m. on Tuesday -- the final day of her 90-day, court-appointed recovery stint -- she hopped into a waiting SUV and was driven away from Malibu's Cliffside rehabilitation center.
This was actually early; her official release time was midnight. She then stopped at a playhouse in Topanga, Calif., on the way home to catch a performance, according to E! News.
For a long time now, many people have seen Lohan as a professional train wreck. But these last three months, Amanda Bynes has provided a lot more fuel for Hollywood's celebrity gossip machine. And Lohan has rehab to thank for that: After her latest legal troubles (for reckless driving and giving false information to an officer), she headed to the Betty Ford Center and then switched to Cliffside in mid-June. While there, she offered the tabloids no car wrecks or boozed-up party antics to report on. Instead, TMZ reports that she was inspired to reassess her relationships, sorting pals into two lists: toxic friends and healthy ones. Sources also tell the site that she'll be staying with a sober coach for the next few days. Could the actress really be turning over a new leaf?
Perhaps... but one thing is concerning. She'll be off to tackle a full slate of work very soon, including an interview with Oprah Winfrey and a docu-series about her life for Winfrey's network, OWN. She'll no doubt have to promote her film, The Canyons, which opens within a week. And she'll guest-host for Chelsea Handler on E!'s Chelsea Lately on August 5.
Frankly, that last task sounds like a tall order for someone who's so early in her recovery. Lohan's been in the entertainment business for several years, but talk show hosting duties -- opening monologue, bantering with celebrity guests -- aren't exactly a low-pressure gambit. Addiction experts say that being able to manage and reduce your stress level is a crucial factor in preventing relapse. Does Lohan really need to attack new professional challenges so quickly?
We just hope that Lohan's sober coach has as much sway over her as her agent does.
Jennifer Graham Kizer is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Google+.