Dina Lohan Admits Lindsay is An Addict

In her first interview since daughter Lindsay Lohan was sent back to rehab in October, Dina Lohan was ready to admit on the "Today" show Monday that her daughter suffers from addiction.

"Yes," she told Matt Lauer when asked if Lindsay is an addict.

Dina appeared on the NBC morning show in August and was overly defensive when discussing Lindsay's incarceration and stint in rehab. Now, she explained her reasoning behind that earlier appearance. "As a mother it wasn't for me to come and tell the world about her problem... I wasn't in denial. It was for her to come to her evolution. As a mother we protect. Now I'm happy and relieved myself," Lohan told Lauer.

LiLo is currently being treated at California's Betty Ford rehab facility until Jan. 3, and her mother said that she can already see a change. "She's just a different person. She's been in a couple facilities, but this one to me has really changed her."

As for the young starlet's future, Dina said Lindsay "wants to start her own (rehab) facilities, help other children. She's so public that I think we can only be positive and look to the future to help other families."