Former guests on “Dr. Phil” claim that the talk show’s staff helped them obtain alcohol or drugs during their addictions to such substances, according to STAT News.
STAT on Thursday reported that guests on the program have been left without medical aid while undergoing drug withdrawal.
One former guest alleged that he was provided with alcohol and Xanax before appearing on a broadcast in 2013 despite his addiction struggles at the time.
Another person claimed that a show staff member helped her drug-addicted niece find an area known for heroin ahead of the woman’s appearance on a 2012 episode.
Martin Greenberg, a psychologist who serves as the show’s director of professional affairs, told STAT that guests have never been given alcohol or directed on where to purchase drugs.
“We do not do that with this guest or any other,” he said while responding to the accusations regarding alcohol and Xanax.
“[They are] absolutely, unequivocally untrue,” Greenberg added. “Addicts are notorious for lying, deflecting, and trivializing.”
“But, if they are at risk when they arrive, then they were at risk before they arrived. The only change is they are one step closer to getting help, typically help that they could not even come close to affording.”
“Dr. Phil” debuted in 2002, and Dr. Phil McGraw, its namesake host, has since become renowned for his episodes about helping people with substance abuse.
Todd Herzog, a former guest on the program, claimed he was not initially intoxicated when he arrived at its Los Angeles studio in 2013.
The Utah man alleged that a bottle of Smirnoff vodka was in his dressing room before the show’s taping, which he then drank.
Herzog, who also won CBS’s reality television competition “Survivor” in 2007, also notes that someone gave him a Xanax to “calm his nerves” before appearing live on the show.
Marianne Smith’s niece, Jordan Smith, also appeared on “Dr. Phil” in 2012 while struggling with heroin addiction.
Jordan Smith was going through withdrawal when they arrived in Los Angeles, she alleged, leading her and the woman’s mother to tell a show producer she need heroin.
“They told us where to go,” Marianne Smith claimed of their experience. “I was so scared.”
Marianne Smith recalled she could the producer urged them not to say who suggested the trek, but noted she could not remember the person’s name.
McGraw has a doctorate in psychology, but he has not been a licensed psychologist since 2006, the year he let his Texas license expire.