Dr. Phil show denies giving guests alcohol, drugs.
Talk show denies enabling addictions for guests before their Dr. Phil interview.
Three guests on Dr. Phil have levelled accusations against the show that it supplied them alcohol or drugs before their TV appearance.
They told online news site STAT and the Boston Globe the show enabled their use of drugs and alcohol before and during taping of segments about their addictions.
Former Survivor winner Todd Herzog, who appeared on the show in 2013, said he was the subject of an intervention by show staff that brought him to Los Angeles. After a two-day detox at a hotel provided by the show, he arrived at the studio taping sober.
But in his dressing room Herzog found a bottle of vodka and drank it. He said “someone” handed him a Xanax, saying it would “calm his nerves.” During the taping, he blew a 0.263 (the legal limit in California is a 0.08). “
According to the mother of another woman seeking addiction help on the show in 2016, a producer took the younger woman to L.A.’s Skid Row to buy heroin. Another woman claims in the story a producer told her to go to Skid Row to buy drugs in 2012.
A spokesperson for the Dr. Phil show denied the allegations calling them ‘errant nonsense.’
“For the past 16 years, the Dr. Phil show has provided valuable information to viewers by telling compelling stories about people who are fighting the battle to overcome alcohol and drug addiction. Unfortunately, addicts often lash out at the very people who are trying the hardest to help them break the cycle of addiction. Although terribly unfortunate, this is an understandable part of the behavior of addicts on their journey to recovery. Deception, dishonesty and denial are hallmarks of addiction. It tears families apart and certainly creates levels of complexities when we produce these important shows. None of this will deter the Dr. Phil show from its commitment to continue to educate and inform the public about the worsening epidemic of addiction,” they said in a statement.