A judge ordered Mackenzie Phillips to enter a drug treatment program after the former “One Day at a Time” star pleaded guilty to cocaine possession on Friday.
The ruling comes following the actress’ arrest in August at Los Angeles International Airport, where she was found carrying “what appeared to be heroin and cocaine in baggies and balloons,” airport police said at the time.
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“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank [police] for stopping me, and probably saving my life,” Phillips told the judge at Friday’s hearing.
Following her arrest, she was also charged with a misdemeanor for unauthorized possession of a syringe. However, that charge was dismissed on Friday.
In addition, the judge said if Phillips successful completes the drug treatment program, the entire case would be dismissed.
Following her arrest at LAX, the 48-year-old Phillips entered rehab for a reported tenth time.
Her next court date, which will serve as a progress report for the judge, is scheduled for January 22, 2009.