The troubled actress called her father Michael Lohan during the argument with Dina Lohan in the early hours of this morning and the showbiz patriarch thinks his daughter now understands the difficulties he has had with his ex-wife.
Michael told RadarOnline.com: "Lindsay was hysterical last night. She was crying and upset.
"Lindsay said 'Dina is destroying me!' Lindsay said that Dina does to her what she does to me! "
Michael claims his 26-year-old daughter has begged him for help with her mother.
He added: "She said that she wanted me to fly up there now. She doesn't want her mother to demean her anymore."
Gossip website TMZ has obtained a recording of the call Lindsay made to her father, in which she accused her mother - who she had been at a New York nightclub with until 4am - of being "on cocaine".
She said in the call: "Dad, she's on cocaine. She's like touching her neck, and s**t."
According to the 'Liz & Dick' star, the row broke out after Lindsay asked her mother for $40,000, which she had loaned Dina when she said she needed it to save her home from foreclosure.
Lindsay told her dad: "She's saying disgusting things to me ... I'm dead to her now."
She then said her mother called her "nuts" and added: "She's like the f**king devil right now."
The actress - who suffered a cut on her leg during the altercation - also directed her anger at Michael, saying: "This is what you do. You ruin people."