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Dr. Phil accused of giving his guests alcohol and drugs before appearance on shows

December 31, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Dr. Phil accused of giving his guests alcohol and drugs before appearance on shows

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Dr. Phil and his crew have been accused of giving addicts drugs and alcohol before they appeared on his show.

Former guest and winner of “Survivor: China” Todd Herzog was fighting alcohol addiction when he went on Dr. Phil McGraw’s show “Dr. Phil” in 2013.

He said that he was flown to Los Angeles to appear on the show and was sober when he got there. Then, he discovered a bottle of vodka in his dressing room, according to the New York Daily News.

Herzog said a show employee also gave him a Xanax so he could “calm his nerves” before he taped the show. When he went on the show, he seemed drunk and looked like he was struggling to walk.

“Today, I had an entire bottle of vodka,” Herzog said to Dr. Phil on stage. After taking a Breathalyzer test, his blood alcohol level was .263 — which is over three times the legal limit.

“I get that it’s a television show and that they want to show the pain that I’m in,” Herzog said to STAT and the Globe. “However, what would have happened if I died? You know, that’s horrifying.”

Other prior guests have accused the TV doctor and his staff of putting them at risk and leaving them without medical assistance. One woman alleged that an employee told her to purchase heroin for her niece who was trying to detox.

Martin Greenberg, a psychologist and the show’s director of personal affairs, said the allegations were “unequivocally untrue.”

“Dr. McGraw has a strong sense of trying not to exploit people,” Greenberg said. “It is a television show. People volunteer to come on. They beg. He treats them with respect … and give them the opportunity to get help. It’s not a complicated formula.”

A spokesperson for “Dr. Phil” said that the article “does not fairly or accurately describe” Dr. Phil’s or the show’s methods, and called accusations that they give drugs or alcohol to guests “errant nonsense.”

“For 16 years, the Dr. Phil show has provided valuable information to viewers by telling stories about people who are fighting to overcome alcohol and drug addiction,” the spokesperson stated.

“Unfortunately, addicts lash out at the people who are trying the hardest to help them break the cycle of addiction. Although 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 creates levels of complexities when we produce these shows. None of this will deter the show from its commitment to educate and inform the public about the epidemic of addiction.”

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