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Dr Phil Guests Claim They Were Supplied With Alcohol

There's no doubt that Phil McGraw has positioned himself as an advisor to those dealing with mental health, suffering from addiction or dealing with complicated family dynamics on his show, Dr Phil

However, several former guests on his show have come out with explosive claims that staffers gave them alcohol on set and told them where to score drugs. 

A joint exposé from STAT and The Boston Globe has revealed that guest Todd Herzog arrived sober at a 2013 taping of the show, only to find a bottle of vodka in his dressing room.

The kicker being that the Survivor: China winner was on the show as a recovering alcoholic. 

Herzog claims that he was “unable to resist” the vodka and ended up drinking it before being given a Xanax by a show staffer to “calm his nerves”. He then went on to appear on the show completely intoxicated and had to be carried onto the set. 

Apparently, vodka appearing in his dressing room wasn’t a one-off.

Herzog told STAT/The Boston Globe that he went on to appear on the show two more times and found another bottle of vodka in 2014 in his dressing room, but was able to leave it alone.

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

"However, what would have happened if I died there? You know, that’s horrifying. I’m grateful in a lot of ways for the show. For getting me help in the nicest places in the country… [but] there should not be litres of vodka in my dressing room.”

The director of professional affairs Martin Greenberg said in a statement that Herzog was given neither vodka or Xanax and that, “We do not do that with this guest or any other”. 

Other claims from former guests have now surfaced.

Marianna Smith took her heroin-addicted niece Jordan on the show in 2012 and just as she was beginning to experience withdrawals prior to taping, a producer told them to go to LA’s Skid Row to get some heroin. 

Joelle King-Parrish took her six-month pregnant daughter Kaitlin on the show due to her being addicted to heroin. When Kaitlin began to suffer from withdrawal, Joelle claims that a staff member told her to “take care of it” and she ended up taking her daughter to hospital, fearing for the baby’s life. When she brought her back to the studio, a staffer reportedly joined them to search for heroin in Skid Row. Footage of the ordeal was aired during the show. 

Staff from the TV show have hit back at the claims and accusations.

Greenberg further stated that, “Addicts are notorious for lying, deflecting and trivialising. But if they are at risk when they arrive, then they were at risk before they arrived. The only change is that they are one step closer to getting help, typically help that they could not have come close to affording,” and that the show’s guests were never provided with alcohol or told where to purchase drugs. 

Phil McGraw declined to comment for the STAT and The Boston Globe article. 

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