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Originally posted 11/15/2013 07:00AM
The video is horrifying: Survivor: China winner Todd Herzog, unable to walk, slurs his words as he admits to drinking an entire bottle of vodka. The footage, which will air on Dr. Phil on Monday in a show about Herzog's difficult battle with alcoholism, shocked Survivor fans across the web.
Several of Herzog's closest friends and relatives talked to PEOPLE about his struggle – not for publicity, they say, but to raise awareness of the complicated issue of alcoholism. "We have received so many messages from people who are battling the same issues as he is," says his mother, Shirley Herzog Keeler. "And Todd said that if his story can help one person get the help they need, he's ready to go public with it."
Originally posted 11/04/2013 10:20PM
Originally posted 09/25/2013 01:20PM
Nick Carter is coming clean about his issues.
The Backstreet Boy says he hit rock bottom after years of alcohol and drug abuse but has made a dramatic turnaround in his struggle with addiction, even as he continues to work on painful family relationships and cope with the death of his sister last year.
Carter, in an exclusive interview with Dr. Phil, gets candid about his demons, saying he started using marijuana when he was just 15 and then began taking Vicodin and Ecstasy. But in 2008, he was diagnosed with a heart condition, promptly stopping him in his tracks and spurring him to face his problems.
"I made that choice right there and said, 'I do not want to be this person anymore,'" Carter, 33, told Dr. Phil in an episode that aired Monday. "You have to find that moment in your life – that moment of clarity – and say, 'Is this who you want to be the rest of your life, or do you deserve more?' I decided I deserved better."
Originally posted 09/11/2013 07:00PM
Gia Allemand's mom Donna Micheletti doesn't fault her daughter's boyfriend for leading to her shocking suicide last month.
Immediately following the tragic death of the former Bachelor contestant, 29, fingers were pointed at NBA player Ryan Anderson, who apparently told the reality starlet he didn't love her anymore.
Micheletti says such wasn't the case, and in fact, it is her daughter's dad Eugene Allemand who is to blame.
Originally posted 09/08/2013 08:00PM
Donna Micheletti's voice choked with tears as she told Dr. Phil McGraw about her daughter Gia Allemand's final moments as she tried to commit suicide on Aug. 12.
In the heartbreaking interview set to air on Dr. Phil on Tuesday, Micheletti revealed she was on the phone with her daughter, 29, as she hanged herself in her New Orleans apartment.
Micheletti believes that the Bachelor star called her because "I'm the closest person in the world to her and she didn't want to be alone when she left this world. So she wanted Mommy to be there, I guess."
Originally posted 04/07/2013 10:50AM
Dr. Phil McGraw wants to make one thing perfectly clear – he's not paying for Jodi Arias's family's housing during her trial.
"Rumors that we're paying for Arias family house etc... are absolutely untrue," he Tweeted on Saturday night.
"I've never met the Arias family, and neither I, nor my ... production company – has paid or promised them anything. Robin and I are praying for the Alexander family," the message reads in full.
Originally posted 09/12/2011 09:30AM
Two months after their daughter was acquitted of murdering their granddaughter, Casey Anthony's parents, George and Cindy Anthony, have broken their silence and granted an interview to Dr. Phil McGraw, who confronts them about certain aspects of the case.
In excerpts that aired Monday on NBC's Today show, McGraw asks Cindy about her distraught MySpace message that began "My Caylee is missing," which she posted on July 3, some 12 days before 2-year-old Caylee Anthony was reported missing. Did Cindy know Caylee had vanished?
"Caylee was missing in my heart that day. She wasn't missing physically. I thought I knew where she was at," Cindy says. "I wanted Casey to know how much she was hurting me. And I thought she was purposely keeping Caylee away from me."
Originally posted 08/24/2011 09:30AM
An Alaska mother who disciplined her 7-year-old for misbehaving in school by pouring hot sauce down his throat and then giving him a cold shower – all the time videotaping what she was doing so she could be considered for an appearance on Dr. Phil – was found guilty of one misdemeanor count of child abuse by an Anchorage jury on Tuesday.
Standing when her verdict was read, Jessica Beagley, 36, then quickly left the courtroom with her husband Gary, an Anchorage police officer, reports the Anchorage Daily News. In their haste to exit, the two did not respond to reporters' questions.
Anchorage prosecutors said the videotape of the crying young Kristoff, whom the Beagleys adopted from Russia with his twin brother in 2008, was filmed by the couple's 10-year-old daughter. The Beagleys have six children.
Prosecutor Cynthia Franklin praised the verdict, saying jurors "followed the law and they concluded that it is child abuse to hurt your child as an audition for a television show."
Originally posted 08/16/2011 12:30PM
George and Cindy Anthony are about to break their silence.
Casey Anthony's parents will appear on the season premiere of The Dr. Phil Show on Sept. 12 – and the tough TV psychologist says he's not pulling any punches.
"Cindy and George have suffered a horrific loss with the untimely death of their granddaughter Caylee, and they have since endured an unprecedented public attack on their family," says Dr. Phil in a statement. "Have these attacks been warranted, or not? I looked them straight in the eye and asked some very tough questions. Nothing is off limits during this interview."
Originally posted 04/03/2011 12:30PM
Dr. Phil is getting one special birthday present.
His TV producer son Jay McGraw and wife Erica are expecting their second child. The two are already parents to daughter Avery Elizabeth, 1.
Erica, who, along with her sisters Nicole and Jaclyn, is known as a "Dahm triplet," and Jay, 31, executive producer of The Doctors, made the announcement officially on television's Dr. Phil show.
"Robin and I are thrilled Jay and Erica are expecting again," Dr Phil tells PEOPLE, "and the due date is my birthday – Sep. 1. Avery has been getting us into tiptop babysitting shape."
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