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‘Dr. Phil’ Denies Staff Aided Guests in Drug, and Alcohol Use

The Dr. Phil show denied claims Friday made in an expose that the staff gave addicted guests drugs and booze before tapings of the show.

An article written by The Boston Globe and The Stat originally made the claims, and a spokesperson for Dr. Phil is refuting them, calling the report “nonsense.”

In a statement, a spokesperson said, “The Stat article does not fairly or accurately describe the methods of ‘Dr. Phil’ The TV Show, or its mission to educate viewers about drug and alcohol addiction.”

The statement goes on to say, “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 the 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 its commitment to continue to educate and inform the public about the worsening epidemic of addiction.”

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