Actress Lindsay Lohan escorted by Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputies...

Actress Lindsay Lohan escorted by Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputies arrives for a mandatory court appearance before a judge who revoked her probation earlier this week at Beverly Hills courthouse. (Sept. 24, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

As word came out Thursday that Lindsay Lohan has checked into the Betty Ford Center for rehab treatment, her estranged father, Michael Lohan, called the famed facility "a country club" that will not help his daughter break her substance abuse.

"I went there myself," for his own publicly discussed addiction issues, "and I will tell you: Betty Ford is a country club," he said in an e-mail to

The Rancho Mirage, Calif., drug and alcohol treatment center was founded by former first lady Betty Ford and Firestone heir and philanthropist Leonard Firestone in 1982. Its patients have included Johnny Cash, Chevy Chase, Liza Minnelli and Elizabeth Taylor. Thirty days of inpatient care costs $26,000.

"They don't have family therapy at all," Michael Lohan wrote. "Conflict resolution and family therapy are a key component in recovery! Her turmoil and the root of her problems are her family. This will not work!"

The center's website makes no specific mention of family therapy.

The price of inpatient treatment does allow "one family member to attend the Family Program," a five-day prevention and education course.

Lindsay Lohan is next due in court for a probation violation hearing on Oct. 22.

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