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“I would ask the court to not punish her,” Holley said. “She’s trying her best. She’s remaining in Betty Ford.”

According to the probation report, one of Lohan’s doctors told officials that until her positive drug test, Lohan was evaluating problems in her life more but remained in denial about her addiction. The doctor advocated that Lohan remain at the Betty Ford Center for as long as possible.

“He believes the defendant needs to continue to work on her issues in order to save her life,” the report states.

Lohan’s chemical dependency counselor told officials that Lohan finally acknowledged her addiction issues after the positive drug test and said she expressed feelings of being powerless about it.

Probation officials acknowledged Lohan is confronting her addiction more now and recommended up to four months in rehab.

Fox said he appreciated reading Lohan’s letter, which was not released, and laid out the dire consequences of failure. He said Lohan was risking destroying what remains of her already damaged career.

At least one acting job will be waiting for her when she is released.

“Inferno” writer-director Matthew Wilder says Lohan’s rehab sentence won’t interfere with her starring role in the Linda Lovelace biopic. He said production was already set to begin in mid-January.

“It looks good and we are not replacing (her),” he said Friday.

Friday’s hearing was Lohan’s fifth court appearance since May, when she ran into trouble with her probation for missing several weekly counseling sessions. She later spent 14 days in jail and 23 days in rehab as punishment.

Her legal woes are the result of drug and drunken driving charges being filed in 2007 after a pair of high-profile arrests. Lohan pleaded no contest to two counts of driving with a blood-alcohol level above 0.08 percent and one count of reckless driving. She was sentenced to three years of probation, but that was later extended after the actress didn’t complete the terms of her sentence in time.

Fox allowed her to be released from rehab early based on the recommendations of her doctors and laid out a path for her to be taken off probation by the end of the year. His regimen included frequent counseling sessions, meetings with probation officials and random drug screenings. It also included several incentives, including an assurance that if the actress complied with the terms for 67 days, her probation oversight would end and she would be free to move from Los Angeles.

Within weeks of her release from rehab, Lohan failed a drug test. She acknowledged the result in postings on Twitter and said she was struggling with addiction.