'Dr. Phil' Show Denies Allegations That It Gave Addicts Drugs and Alcohol

'Dr. Phil' Is Being Accused Of Providing Drugs And Alcohol To Addict Guests

The show does not give drugs or alcohol to its guests and any suggestions to the contrary are errant nonsense. A joint investigation by the Boston Globe and the website Stat found multiple alleged incidents in which the show endangered guests. But now, several guests - including Survivor victor Todd Herzog - have come forward to accuse the host of setting them up for those spectacular falls.

Though representatives from the show deny Herzog's version of events, other guests who have appeared on the show for addiction issues and were interviewed as part of the investigation told similar stories, describing producers standing by as they experienced unsafe withdrawal symptoms or abused drugs.

The original article made many allegations and focused on Todd Herzog, who appeared on the "Dr. Phil" show on three occasions - at one point, he was too drunk to walk to the stage. "We do not do that with this guest or any other", he said, calling the allegations "absolutely, unequivocally untrue". The report also states that "Dr. Phil" staff filmed another guest, who was pregnant, searching for a dealer on Los Angeles' skid row.

A family member of another guest told reporters their relative "bought heroin with the knowledge and support of show staff" before a taping.

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"You know, I get that it's a television show and that they want to show the pain that I'm in", Herzog told the Globe.

Reporters note that the alleged actions of staffers can make for "riveting" television, but the show's guests, who stay in hotels up to 48 hours before taping an episode, can experience a possibly unsafe withdrawal period during that time. "It does not mean that a guest is being monitored 100% of the time". "Addicts are notorious for lying, deflecting, and trivializing", Greenberg was quoted as saying in the report.

Steve Thomason, the director of the Texas treatment center where Herzog agreed to go for help following his appearance on the show, said that no one from his facility monitored Herzog during the taping of the show. "That was the first time I ever laid eyes on him". Unfortunately, addicts often lash out at the very people who are trying the hardest to help them break the cycle of addiction. "Deception, dishonesty and denial are hallmarks of addiction".

"This will not deter the Dr. Phil show from its commitment to educate and inform the public about the worsening epidemic of addiction".

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