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“You’ll put this long episode behind you,” he said.

The judge had previously charted a course for Lohan’s freedom, setting a 67-day regimen of outpatient counseling, treatment and drug testing in August when he agreed to release her early from another court-ordered rehab.

Within weeks, however, Lohan, 24, had failed a drug screening. That prompted Fox to try to send her to jail for nearly a month, but that ruling was quickly overruled on appeal.

Those treating Lohan now told probation officials the actress’ best hope is a long stay in rehab.

A psychotherapist who started treating Lohan during a 23-day stay at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center this year said, “He believes that the defendant needs to continue to work on her issues in order to save her life,” according to Lohan’s probation report.

The actress’ probation officer concurred. “Possibly removing herself from her lifestyle and its pressures for an extended period is exactly what is needed to preserve her health,” the report states.

Lohan is due back in court on Feb. 25. Probation officials have been ordered to prepare another report to show the actress’ progress after a few months out of the limelight.

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AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen contributed to this report.