Pat O’Brien Offers His Advice to Lindsay Lohan

Longtime Access Hollywood host and leaver of viral phone messages Pat O’Brien has penned an open letter to Lindsay Lohan on The Hollywood Reporter’s website:

I’ve been through it, Lindsay. For me, there has been no jail, no courtroom antics, no ankle bracelet and, thankfully, I don’t have the paparazzi snapping my every move. But I, too, have the same demons you have, and it’s no fun. But there is good news and bad news about these demons. The bad news is that they never go away: We’re wired differently. The good news is that with a certain amount of willingness, structure and personal inventory, those demons can be arrested. And the ones who survive, like myself so far, are the ones who accept that these are the cards that were handed us and we don’t have to always gamble our lives away.

The important thing to remember is that this is your life and nobody else’s. And there’s no blame; it’s not the media’s fault or the paparazzo’s fault or even your father’s fault. He’s got enough problems of his own. It has nothing to do with growing up too fast or being too young or even the jungle Grace Kelly hated called Hollywood. It’s a seemingly simple, yet incredibly complicated disorder that millions of Americans share. It’s a brain disease that brings terrible and embarrassing consequences. There’s no cure, but with the right focus it can be tamed. [It’s] not my place to tell you how to do this because, by now, you know where to seek help.

O’Brien, of course, had a very public battle with alcoholism after his drunk dials found their way in 2005 to the Internet and every conceivable comedy show.

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