Guests Battling Substance Abuse Accuse Dr. Phil Show Of Providing Drugs And Alcohol
Reporters from STAT News and the Boston Globe say that substance-addicted guests who appeared on the Dr. Phil show were given drugs and alcohol before their on-set interviews.
Todd Herzog, winner of the reality TV show “Survivor” claims that although he was battling alcoholism, he was not intoxicated when showed up to the studio. And yet, what we saw on camera was an inebriated Herzog who had to be carried onto the set.
Herzog says that there was a bottle of Smirnoff Vodka placed in his dressing room prior to show’s taping, which he admittedly consumed. He stated that someone also gave him a Xanax to help him “calm his nerves.”
The STAT News article says that Dr. Phil McGraw portrays himself as a “crusader for recovery who rescues people from their addictions – and even death.” Despite this, the investigators accuse the show of risking the health of guests whom it claims to help to bolster ratings.
They also say that the show’s staff members failed to give medical assistance to guests facing drug withdrawal, and another woman claims she was directed by staff to a drug market to obtain heroin for her niece.
According to the article, Martin Greenberg, the show’s director of professional affairs, denies the allegations, calling them “absolutely, unequivocally untrue.”
But guests of the show tell a different story. They describe going through an unsupervised detox while waiting up to two days in hotels before their scheduled appearances – a situation that led some to seek out illicit drugs. In fact, one guest purchases heroin with full knowledge of the show’s staff, and another guest, who was pregnant at the time, was filmed while seeking a drug dealer in Los Angeles.
But Greenberg says this is the addiction talking. He characterizes addicts as “notorious for lying, deflecting, and trivializing.” He says that “if they are at risk when they arrive, then they were at risk before they arrived.”
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~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology