Addicts on Dr. Phil Say They Were Given Booze, Drugs

By Jenn Gidman

December 30, 2017

Dr. Phil McGraw prides himself for pulling people out of addiction, but a new report from STAT and the Boston Globe alleges he may have put some at-risk guests right back into it. Ex-guests on McGraw's syndicated talk show, including a former winner of TV's Survivor, say as they waited in hotel rooms to tape the shows focusing on their addictions, they were left without medical help in what STAT calls a "painful and potentially dangerous detox." 

The former guests, backed up by family, also say they were provided with booze and drugs (or told where they could find drugs) before they taped their appearances. Survivor winner Todd Herzog is one of those who talked to STAT, noting he detoxed at his hotel for two days after the show flew him out to LA, then showed up completely sober for his Dr. Phil taping. When he got to the studio, however, Herzog says he found vodka and Xanax in his dressing room.

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