Peace and Freedom
February 4, 2008
‘ stay in a psychiatric ward two weeks under a section in state law that allows patients to be kept for medical treatment if they are found to be gravely disabled or a danger to themselves or others.
The extension was viewed as a safety measure that may permit Ms. Spears time to detoxify or “detox” under supervised conditions. She is unable to self medicate in the UCLA Medical Center where she is receiving care.
Ms. Spears was to be released Sunday from the ‘s psychiatric ward after undergoing a 72-hour mental evaluation under California State Code 5150.
The Associated Press reported that Ms. Spears’ extension of detainment Sunday made it unlikely she would appear at a scheduled Monday morning hearing over custody of her children, 1-year-old Jayden James and 2-year-old Sean Preston.
Britney Spears arrives for the grand opening party of LAX nightclub at the Luxor hotel-casino in Las Vegas, in a Sept. 1, 2007 file photo. A judge extended her stay in a psychiatric ward Sunday Feb.3, 2008 , as doctors decided to keep her hospitalized an additional 14 days.
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
Ms. Spears, 26, lost custody of the boys to ex-husbandfollowing an incident last month when she refused to return the children after a visit.
Ms. Spears was briefly hospitalized because of her bizarre behavior at that time. On Thursday, she was again hospitalized — apparently due to a family intervention.
On Friday, Court Commissioner Reva Goetz ruled that Spears needed someone else to take over her personal and financial affairs. Her father James is now accountable to the court for her care and well being — removing Ms. Spears from her manager and mother.
Spears’ father, James, and her attorney, Andrew Wallet, were granted conservatorship, but a court hearing was scheduled Monday afternoon to review the matter.
A UCLA Medical Center spokesman did not immediately return a phone message Sunday seeking comment. Calls to Wallet and attorney Sorrell Trope also were not returned.
Spears’ erratic behavior since she filed for divorce in November 2006 has included appearing in short skirts without underwear, shaving her head, abandoning a car in traffic when it had a flat tire, and recently, holding her dog and sobbing on a sidewalk.
A friend asked me this morning why I was writing about Britney Spears and “pop culture.” I told him this story was no longer about “pop culture” but is now a familiar saga of drug and alcohol abuse, intervention, mental and medical care and recovery (hopefully).
Ms. Spears is just another media “star” who overused drugs and alcohol. Now perhaps she can obtain the treatment she needs and return to the spotlight with a new lease on life.