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A brand new investigation uncovers troubling allegations towards Dr. Philand his daytime speak present. 

STAT and The Boston Globe revealed an exposé on Thursday, which incorporates accounts from a number of visitors who say their substance addictions have been enabled by members of the TV psychiatrist’s employees in hopes of boosting scores. 

Todd Herzog—who struggled with alcohol abuse within the years after profitable Survivor—stated that when he arrived on the Dr. Phil studio in 2013, he discovered a bottle of vodka in his dressing room and was given a Xanax to “calm his nerves.” Herzog needed to be carried on set earlier than his sit-down with Dr. Phil (whose actual identify is Phil McGraw), and registered a .263 blood alcohol content material—greater than 3 times the authorized restrict. 

Moreover, relations of friends say their well being and welfare was put in danger by Dr. Phil staffers who allegedly performed a task of their seek for medicine. The investigation additionally appeared into the extent of medical care visitors with habit points obtain whereas filming in Los Angeles and Dr. Phil’s relationship with the remedy facilities his visitors typically search additional assist from. 

Dr. Phil declined to touch upon STAT and The Boston Globe‘s report, however Martin Greenberg, the present’s Director of Skilled Affairs, described the above claims as “completely, unequivocally unfaithful.” 

“We don’t do this with this visitor or some other,” Greenberg stated when requested to deal with Herzog’s account. He later stated in a press release to the publications, “Addicts are infamous for mendacity, deflecting and trivializing. However, if they’re in danger once they arrive, then they have been in danger earlier than they arrived. The one change is they’re one step nearer to getting assist, sometimes assist they might not have even come near affording.”

Herzog stated he detoxed for 2 days in a lodge paid for Dr. Phil, and was sober when he appeared for his scheduled taping. Greenberg initially informed STAT and The Boston Globe that the present didn’t have a duty to watch visitors with substance abuse issues (“No, in fact not, it is a tv present.”), however later stated Herzog was “medically supervised all the time” by personnel from an unnamed remedy middle throughout his taping schedule. 

The report states Greenberg shifted his stance a 3rd time, saying in a press release, “We imply one hundred% of visitors agreeing to remedy. It doesn’t imply that a visitor is being monitored one hundred% of the time.” 

Nevertheless, the chief director of the middle Herzog sought remedy from after Dr. Phil, contested claims that his employees supervised Herzog in L.A. and stated doing so would violate their licenses. “I truthfully remorse ever having carried out it,” Steve Thomason stated in reference to his remedy middle’s participation on the present. 

Throughout Herzog’s third look on Dr. Phil, he alleged discovering vodka within the dressing room however didn’t drink all of it. Once more, the present denied his declare. 

Marianne Smith advised the publications that when her niece, Jordan, appeared on the present in 2012 and was affected by heroin withdrawals, producers instructed she attempt Skid Row in Los Angeles to seek out medicine. Smith additionally stated Dr. Phil didn’t supply her niece any medical help as they awaited her taping for 2 days.

Greenberg issued a denial: “We might go on and speak about Jordan L. or ten others. Similar actuality. All had medical supervision.”

Likewise, Joelle King-Parrish stated the present didn’t present any medical consideration to her pregnant daughter Kaitlin when she was detoxing within the lodge. Employees members reportedly informed her to “maintain it,” and one Dr. Phil worker finally joined the mom and daughter with a digital camera in hand as they drove to Skid Row in search of heroin. 

In response, Greenberg stated Kaitlin’s mom had beforehand “agreed to be one hundred% answerable for managing her daughter’s well being and attainable withdrawal” and the person who filmed the incident “merely documented the pure conduct she noticed, which might have occurred whether or not she was there or not.”

Herzog appeared on Dr. Phil for a fourth time in 2016, and stated he just lately wrote a letter to the tv character thanking him. “I am grateful in lots of methods for the present. For getting me assist in the nicest locations within the nation. That is a present proper there,” he stated. “There are some issues concerning the present that I do not like, and that I do not assume are actual… I ought to have been within the hospital, in that sense. There shouldn’t be liters of vodka in my dressing room.”

Others interviewed for the story additionally praised Dr. Phil and the present for getting them the assistance they wanted. Former heroin addict Niki Dietrich is a type of individuals, who described the present’s efforts as a “miracle,” including partially, “I’ve nothing dangerous to say about that have.”

“Few individuals contact us simply to tell us how nicely issues are going,” the present said in a press release to STAT and The Globe. “The very fact you’ll be able to ‘cherry decide’ three, or thirty, or 300 friends for that matter, who search responsible others for his or her plight or wrestle in life, is just not in the least shocking.”

E! Information has reached out to Dr. Phil’s representatives for remark. 

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