'Teen Mom' star enters luxury rehab center at Michael Lohan's recommendation
"Teen Mom" star Farrah Abraham checked into a Florida rehab center late Sunday night, but not before video-blogging her car ride to the airport on her Keek site.
Abraham, who in the video said she was "sad" to leave her daughter, Sophia, will be spending the next nine days at The Lukens Institute, a luxury rehab facility in Palm Beach, Fla., recommended to Abraham's manager by Michael Lohan.
“(Farrah's manager) contacted me regarding Farrah and the treatment program The Lukens Institute offers," Lohan told TODAY.com. "It’s very individualized core issue and trauma therapy."
In a statement, Abraham said that completing an intensive outpatient program was required to satisfy the terms of her probation stemming from her March DWI arrest.
"I must complete in order to get off of probation, due to my DWI received in March earlier this year," Abraham said. "At this time in my life I need to stay focused on the positive to get through all of these negatives that this DWI has caused in my life. I’m 22 and I want to make better choices and insure I can recognize when I’m putting myself in a bad situation next time."
According to a document obtained by Radar Online, Phyllis Moczygemba, the executive director of the Austin Drug & Alcohol Abuse Program, recommended that Abraham complete a 60-hour intensive outpatient program. In the state-mandated evaluation, Moczygemba reported that Abraham had difficulty making eye contact, and that she was standoffish and "sarcastic when answering the questions asked of her."
Abraham's sister, Ashley Danielson, thinks entering the program is a positive start. "She’s going to rehab to avoid jail, but I’m happy she’s finally taking responsibility for her own actions,” Danielson told TODAY.com.
The reality personality won't exactly be roughing it during her rehab stay. "At The Lukens Institute, your room is like living in a suite at the Ritz Carlton," Lohan said.
This has been quite the year for Abraham. Following her March DWI arrest, she starred in a porn movie with adult film star James Deen, and has been making appearances at strip clubs and erotica conventions across the country to promote the film. Her stay in rehab will not conflict with any of her scheduled appearances.
“Our accelerated program is designed for motivated, high-functioning individuals with demanding careers and busy schedules who want private, individualized care, as well as a high degree of personal freedom," The Lukens Institute said in a statement.
Abraham won't have much time to reflect on her rehab experience. Three days after she is scheduled to check out of the facility, she will be making an appearance at the EXXXOTICA Chicago convention, followed by an appearance at Vivid's Gentlemen's Club in Charlotte, N.C.
But for now, she's happy to be getting help.