Thursday 20 September 2018

US TV show Dr Phil denies claims it helped addicts to find drugs before appearances

Todd Herzog, winner of US TV programme Survivor, appeared on the Dr Phil show in 2013.
Todd Herzog, winner of US TV programme Survivor, appeared on the Dr Phil show in 2013.
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The US television show Dr Phil - which prides itself in rescuing people from addiction - has denied controversial claims that it has helped addicts to source drugs and alcohol before their televised appearances.

The Boston Globe has reported that some "guests wait up to 48 hours in hotel rooms before their scheduled taping, with the show sometimes filming pre-interviews during that time.”

“As guests wait, they confront a painful and potentially dangerous detox, leading some to look for illegal drugs," the newspaper claimed.

Todd Herzog, winner of US TV programme Survivor, alleged that in 2013, when he arrived to discuss his difficulties with addiction on the programme, a bottle of vodka and Xanax tablets had been left in his dressing room.

In a statement, Martin Greenberg, a psychologist who serves as the show’s director of professional affairs, denied Herzog was left alone with a bottle of vodka in his dressing room, or given Xanax.

“We do not do that with this guest or any other,” he wrote. He called the allegations “absolutely, unequivocally untrue.”

A spokesperson for Dr Phil told the Hollywood Reporter that the investigation "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."

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