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

30 December 2017

A new report is accusing Dr. Phil of supplying drugs and alcohol to his TV show guests who struggle with addiction. In one case, employees allegedly gave a guest vodka and prescription medication before he entered the stage.

Herzog's account notes how he was initially flown to Los Angeles to appear on a segment on The Dr. Phil Show, where he recounts that he was checked into a hotel for a two day detox. He could have not drank it; there are plenty of recovering alcoholics who turn down drinks every day.

Guests said Dr. Phil has enabled their addiction problems by leaving alcohol in the dressing rooms and providing drugs to "calm their nerves".

Herzog explained to the Globe that the combination could have been deadly.

He also agreed to perform an on-air breathalyzer test where he registered at three times the legal limit. Herzog told the Boston Globe and STAT he was battling the bottle at the time and when he arrived at the studio, a fresh bottle of Smirnoff vodka was waiting for him.

Martin Greenberg, a psychologist and the show's director of personal affairs, said the claims were "absolutely, unequivocally untrue".

Marianne Smith's niece Jordan appeared on Dr. Phil in 2012 to receive help with a heroin addiction. "It's like if one of them was drowning and approaching a lifeboat, and instead of throwing them an inflatable doughnut, you throw them an anchor", he said. "I was so scared".

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Another similar allegation comes from Joelle King-Parrish, who brought her pregnant and heroin-addicted daughter Kaitlin to appear on the show in 2016.

Kaitlin refused to stay at the hospital, and King-Parrish asked a show producer for help.

The staffer shot the entire ordeal and the footage was aired as part of the episode. Greenberg said the staffer "simply documented the natural behavior she observed, which would have occurred whether she was there or not". Smith said that when she, Jordan, and Jordan's mother arrived in Los Angeles from out of state, Jordan began going through withdrawal.

Former guests of "Dr. Phil" allege that the show provided them, as addicts, with drugs and alcohol while on set. He was scheduled to be a guest on Dr. Phil following a traumatizing intervention in 2013, in which he was plucked from his Utah apartment and flown to LA.

Dr. Phil, whose show has been on-air since 2002, has been known for referring many of his guests to treatment facilities.

Greenberg, through a lawyer, clarified in a separate statement issued through a lawyer. Regardless, we wish Todd and all other victims of the alleged wrongdoing of the show all the best wishes and for continued strength in facing their addictions. "It does not mean that a guest is being monitored 100% of the time".

Herzog, now sober, does credit the show for helping along his recovery.

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