Published: Fri, December 29, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Dr. Phil Gets Addicted Guests Wasted Backstage

Dr. Phil Gets Addicted Guests Wasted Backstage

Former Dr. Phil guests have accused the show of giving alcohol and drugs to addicts before their appearances on certain episodes.

When Herzog arrived at the Los Angeles studio he was sober after detoxing in his hotel room for two days.

McGraw declined to be interviewed, but Martin Greenberg, a psychologist who serves as the show's director of professional affairs, said guests were never provided with alcohol or drugs.

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When on the show, Todd Herzog blew a 0.263 BAC through a breathalyzer, indicating a very strong level of alcohol poisoning roughly an hour or so before going on stage. "They beg to come on", he said. "We do not do that with this guest or any other", said Greenberg in a statement, calling the claims "absolutely, unequivocally untrue". But when the people in question are those struggling with addiction, and what's added in is drugs and alcohol, that creates a very unsafe cocktail.

Guests and family members of guests told STAT News that they complied with the requests of producers - including directives not to challenge anything Dr. Phil said during the taping - because participation meant professional help for addiction at facilities with connections to the show; treatment that the addicted guest would likely not have access to otherwise. "However, what would have happened if I died there?" "Next thing you know, I'm being carried on to the stage because I can barely walk".

Despite his claims against Dr. Phil, he still credits the show for helping him get sober: "I'm grateful in a lot of ways for the show". He appeared on the show three times before he finally got clean, he says "I'm so much happier now".

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"I should have been in the hospital, in that sense".

The show denied that bottles of vodka had been left in his dressing room.

The investigation also found a number of other former guests had similar stories, including a former heroin addict who didn't receive medical help when she was detoxing.

"In its pursuit of ratings, the "Dr. Phil" show has put at risk the health of some of those guests it purports to help, according to people who have been on the show and addiction experts", the publications report. To see a man so torn by addiction to alcohol, bearing his soul to a televised audience who (mostly) knew not of him as a person or as a Survivor victor, just felt damn exploitative.

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