Daytime talk-show host Dr. Phil McGraw has released a statement denying his show or staff give guests, appearing on the show for help with recovery, drugs and alcohol. The accusations come from a joint article in the Boston Globe and The Stat.
The initial allegations came from past guest, Todd Herzog, a former Survivor winner. He claims that after detoxing for two days he was "sober" when he arrived to tape the show about his addiction and eventual offer for rehab. Herzog then says that in his room was a liter of vodka which he drank. He added that at some point after consuming the bottle of vodka someone from the show (he didn't remember who) gave him a Xanax to relax his nerves.
The Dr. Phil Show sent Herzog to a rehab program but sobriety didn't stick. Over the years Herzog returned to the show multiple times and eventually gained sobriety. He is currently sober and working at a restaurant in Utah.
You can read the statement from The Dr. Phil Show below.
The Stat article does not fairly or accurately describe the methods of “Dr. Phil,” the TV show, or its mission to educate millions of viewers about drug and alcohol addiction. The show does not give drugs or alcohol to its guests and any suggestions to the contrary is 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 it’s commitment to continue to educate and inform the public about the worsening epidemic of addiction.
Some people supported the show and appreciated what the show offers.
Very classy,respectful response.Addiction is a horrible disease.Dr Phil helps many &their families fight for recovery.God Bless & Godspeed❣️— Kris Zike (@krissy_mae72) December 30, 2017
Others had harsh words for McGraw and the shows producers.
Now hold on a second. You expect me to believe that Dr. Phil, aka the man whose made his fortune by making a spectacle of mental illnesses and unhealthy family dynamics, is the type of person to prioritize ratings over the well being of others? Nooooo *dies of excessive sarcasm* https://t.co/inhV6OUpjc— Brooks Sturm (@DuckDuckBrooks) December 29, 2017