“My advice to anyone struggling with substance abuse would be to be very careful because drugs can really get your life under control,” she thought years later in Paper. “Everyone is different, of course, but for me, the mix of marijuana and other drugs and sometimes drinking really messed up my brain. It really made me a completely different person.”

Her lowest point was she was placed on a 5150 cargo hold in July 2013 after she started a fire and accidentally doused her Pomeranian with gasoline in the driveway of a stranger’s California home. That fall, Mother Lynn Bynes was brought in as a restorer to the Thousand Oaks, California native and her estimated $ 5 million estate.

Since then, the actress has settled two hit-and-run cases, made a plea for her 2012 DUI arrest, dismissed her bong throw case, underwent various treatments, and in 2019 pioneered the idea that she could spend some time stay in a sober shared apartment. There, the now two-year sober star “has a great support system with the other people there who are also recovering,” a source told E! News. “They all support each other.”