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(Original Air Date: 02/01/11) Parents, are you worried your son or daughter’s frequent nights out on the town might be more than harmless fun? Believe it or not, binge drinking is not just a normal phase that college-aged kids go through. Kressa is extremely worried about her 20-year old daughter, Layla, who dropped out of college, started mixing drugs and alcohol and crashed multiple vehicles while driving under the influence. Layla, who has tried to quit drinking many times, says she loves the party lifestyle and has been waiting her whole life to be like the bad girls she sees on reality television. Can Dr. Phil deliver a wake-up call to Layla before she kills herself or someone else? Tiphany, a paraplegic, has a sobering message to deliver to the young woman. Then, Josh, 24, says he's addicted to shopping and has acquired nearly $100,000 in debt -- all to maintain his image as an up-and-coming recording artist. Don’t miss Dr. Phil’s strong words for these 20-somethings!

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Replied By: mamamia0605 on Oct 18, 2011, 4:51PM
i know this girl. i work with her currently and she is a great girl. funny, beautiful, awesome personality (sober), sweet. it blows my mind that i happened to catch this episode after meeting her. upi can imagine my shock while channel surfing! i have had friends die because of drunk driving and it makes me sick that someone this sweet is capeable of being so stupid. I can say that i love this girl dearly i just hope she gets it together before she loses everything in her life or is the cause of someone elses lost life.
Replied By: saradeal on Jun 23, 2011, 12:46PM
let me start by saying i never post comments about shows but this show really got under my skin!! this 20 year old girl is sitting here saying, that she loves goes out and drinking, she thinks she deserves more freedom!! she thinks she is an addict but i can tell you know she is a spoiled 20 year old year. i have been there i was only 16 when i thought i was addicted to every drug under the sun. i was also 16 when i wreaked my car after a night of partying. i hit a tree going 60 mph, flipped my car three times and should have been dead. that was enough of a wake up call for me. i cleaned up my act but i will not lie i still had plenty of nights where i went out drinking but always had a sober driver. yes it sounds like many other post on this wall but the reason i felt the need to post is because i am 20 years old now and getting ready to deploy to afghanistan. when i hear a 20 year old sitting there saying she deserves more freedom because she is 20, it blows my mind. i would like her say that to the soldiers who are 18 or 19 who have no freedom because they are deploying to a foreign land. i do love america and how we stand for freedom but she has NOTHING to deserve more freedom, she is taking what freedom she has for granted. any parents that has a child who is in the same mind set as this girl, wake the hell up because they have nothing for their freedom. and any child that have this mindset open you eyes!! go talk to someone who actually done something for their freedom, but wait they are not only doing it for their freedom, they are doing it for spoiled kids like you also. please open your eyes, you are not going to be guaranteed  your freedom your whole life, so please dont take it for granted.  well i know there are many grammar and spelling errors in this post and i am sorry for that but its late here, but i hope i got some of my point across.
Replied By: cutelil222 on Jun 21, 2011, 11:49AM
I have seen this episode before but decided to watch it again today! One of my great friends in California just celebrated the 7th anniversary of the day she was hit head on by a drunk driver. Yes I said Celebrated! She was in the hospital for three months, after leaving the hospital they did not think she would be able to walk again. At 29 she is walking and walking well. She still has bad days where the damage to her ankles, knees, hips, back,and face show their ugly face but she is alive. This time the show made me cry. I hate that someone so young is so insecure that she believes putting someone else's life in danger is cute! I know this is an old show and I hope this young lady made it out ok and has changed the way she choses to live her life. I hope one day the ignorant people who think it is ok to drink and drive realise it is not about them! Kill yourself, but do it in your own home. Do not get on the road and put me or others at risk. All it takes is that one time of you hitting someone and killing them for your life to be over. I know people who allow alcohol to consume thier lives do not think about this, but someone needs to.  I do not think there should be second, third, fourth chances for DUI offfenders. Laws need to be passed that if you get a DUI, regardless of age, your license needs to be gone for good. I do not care if you go from 20 until the day you die never being able to drive. Atleast you will not be putting someone else at risk. My friend was hit by someone who had already have two prior DUI charges. After being caught a 3rd time and almost killing someone he has a drivers license and did a whole 13 months in jail, only because he was on probabtion. The answer is to not allow it to happen legally....we need to stop catering to criminals. They need to start living with the consequences of their actions. I think tougher laws would help avoid some of the problems.
Replied By: hwesterback on Jun 16, 2011, 8:59PM
In october of 2000, i had a vehicle issue in which my car wouldn't start.  i worked at a local fast food place and i had been a closer that night.  my parents and i lived in the country about 16 miles from my job.  i had to get my parents up and out to get me at  1:30 in the morning.  i did not know then that approximately and hour after i called my parents that not just the 3 of our lives would be forever changed but every family members life would be changed and close friends of ours would be affected too.  at 2:34 a.m. on 10/6/00 my parents and i were hit by a drunk driver.  i was able to get my car running and they were behind me.  the song on the radio at the moment of impact for me was Travis Tritt It's a Great Day to be Alive.  i was lucky when i was hit.  my car was totaled and although hit nearly head on the drivers side it remarkably looked like it had been t-boned.  my parents weren't so lucky.  i stepped out of my car and looked around in the cold darkness and didn't see their car.  i could hear a familiar, yet unfamiliar, womans' voice screaming for someone to call an ambulance.  i searched the darkenss untill i saw the tail lights glowing in the ditch on the other side of the road.  i realized the woman was my mother and i ran over see if they were ok.  she said we needed and ambulance.  i looked for my dad and found him pinned in the car.  the dash board was shoved in his leg and he was going into shock.  although i hadn't fully assessed the situation i knew i had to get back into town--only 1 mile from anywhere that would have been open with a phone--and get help.  i began running down the road and within maybe 25 to 30 feet i was confronted by a stumbling man in the ditch asking what just happened.  i kept running and straight for the car the was coming down the road.  this car turned out to be a state trooper.  he called for an ambulance and within the 5 mintes that felt like an eternity, the fire dept. and ambulance arrived, so did 7 state troopers.  in my brief, initial contact with the trooper, he said he too had been hit.  the ARCH medical helicopter had to be called out.  my father had to be airlifted 50 miles away to a better hospital with better facillities to save him.  while my mother suffered little injuries, my father had suffered his left forearm being compound fractured, rods and pins now hold it together; his left thigh bone had up to a few inches shattered , bone graphs, rods, plates, screws, pins hold it together; his left kneecap is shattered and could not be re-assembled, he cannot bend it more than , 30 degrees or the screws will meet in the back; compound fracture in his lower left leg, held together the same way as the rest, all titanium.  he was in surgery from about 3:30 a.m. til about 1:30 p.m. on the 6th, nearly 12 hours of surgery to repair his arm and leg.  the driver of the other car got a cut on his forehead, was passed out at impact, didn't know he hit anyone, and refused treatment, along with this he showed no remorse for what he had done.  this driver was uninsured, driving on a suspended license, and drunk.  he hit me before my parents and impact with my car was excess of 90 miles an hour on a local highway at 2:30 in the morning.  drs. did not expect my dad to heal, let alone ever walk.  while he is disabled to a degree because of this occurrance, we still have him, eventhough we almost lost him after the bone graph.  my youngest niece will have only memories of a grandpa who could not RUN and play with her as he was able to with my two other nieces.  some of my fathers closest friends had a very hard time with this accident and being there to see him laid up in a hospital for two weeks and at home in bed for another 5 months.  while it brought other family back into our lives, it shouldn't have taken that to do it.  this put a strain on my relationship with my dad because i had such a hard time seeing him hurt like he was.  yes, for mere minutes i felt if i had only not called then it wouldnt have happend, this could be true but then it could have been so much worse.  the drunk driver was senteced 8 years in prison for great bodily harm, this case was used in the next state--only 50 miles from where the accident happend--to sentence another person for injuries caused by drunk driving.  Layla is lucky she is still alive, but one day it could be her being sent to prison for great bodily harm or even death.  she shouldnt have a drivers license and needs to a huge wake up call.  i am sure the drunk who hit us wasnt palnnning on getting in an accident, but he did and it affected so many people because of it.  i hope her parents and her both grow up and learn how to be adults and she quits the party stuff before she kills someone. 
Replied By: nancy2cats on Jun 16, 2011, 7:34PM
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for taking this topic on by the horns. 

Clean & sober 15 years this March, I wish I'd known as a teen where drugs and alcohol would take me.
Replied By: madysnana on Jun 16, 2011, 7:05PM
If Layla feels she has the right to drink and drive then she needs to watch the coroner cutting up the bodies of people killed by drunk drivers and them also. She also needs a years boot camp with Kenneth Copeland and Pat Robertson!! The Lord gave her her life and will take it also. She thinks partying is the answer she's wrong!!!!! Jesus paid the price for all of us, and she needs to see the truth!! I praise the Lord that other Chriistains are posting about this also!!!! 
Replied By: dollyfresno on Jun 16, 2011, 4:26PM
THANKS,  For open the eyes of these blind/zoned out parents. It makes me wounder if these binge drinking college students are some of the same that complain and protest about tuition hikes? lets do the numbers,  One night of binge drinking  with friends cost more then the hike of a  local college semester!  I never had the fortune of my parents paying for my education,  And if I did the temptation too take advantage would probably take over.  Then my sense of responsibility would kick-in or my parents cutting me off, which ever came first.  So parents if you think your just helping you really might be HURTING!!
Replied By: cindygibson on Jun 16, 2011, 3:21PM
Hello Dr Phil: I wanted to respond to your show you had on End the silence on Domestic  Violence.I  know the feeling that those girls or those women are going thru but i survived cause i woke up and got out of it  over 17 years now for me and i am much better to be out of it and i just wanted to say that those girls or women can do it to they need not stay with that person  who hurts them and abuses them like that  they think they have no where to go but take it from me they do i did it they also can. They just need to pray to god and be strong and tell themselfs this is enough. I was also wanted to ask  of  a favor that i know you can proberly grant more than anybody cause i know you worked with him on his one movie Madea goes to jail you had a very short part you played with him which i got to say was very funny when you and him were departed. and i also watch your'e show every day at 3.00 P.M and  7.00 P.M  I very much agree with you on your stragies but sometimes you are soft with some of your cases.I wanted to ask if you could reach Tyler Perry which i know you have access to contacted him .I very much have a hugh crush on him and been wanted to meet  him  since 2009 and i thought you could make it happen.I have to go here cause my time is running out on the computor i am on.THANK YOU SINCERLY LUCINDA GIBSON
Replied By: amyharriman11 on Jun 16, 2011, 2:52PM
Hi Dr. Phil - I watched your show today and boy, could  I tell them a thing or two. I was an addict/alcoholic for 30 years. I missed my son's growing up (luckily, my parents were there to pick up the pieces), I've gotten 6 drunk drivings and NUMEROUS other offenses and to this day, the State of Michigan refuses to believe that I have gotten my act together and will not give me my license. This is my story - I am an only child, from good parents, who are married still. I was spoiled rotten and never got a whippin in my life (even though I should have many times). I was an athlete in high school, #1 on the doubles tennis team, cheerleader, etc. I began hanging around the wrong crowd and when I was a senior I became pregnant. We got married and I got a job and he still wanted to party. The marriage lasted 4 years (too long). After that I moved back in with my parents and that is when life really took a turn for the worse. I thought the party life was fun too. It is for a very short time, until it gets ahold of you and sucks you dry. I soon was drinking a 1/2 gallon of vodka straight a day. My parents didn't mind my drinking at first either, but I soon couldn't function without it. I needed it from the time I woke up in the am. Every waking second, I had alcohol in my system. When I tried to quit, I would shake uncontrollably, dry heaves, you name it. Eventually, I started snorting cocaine, then smoking, then shooting. I went into rehab countless times, only to end up worse every time. I even went to Teen Challenge and graduated and worked there. I became engaged to a man who also worked there, but when he fell, I fell. I put my hope and trust in a man, and when he let me down, my whole world shattered (or so I thought) and started using again. That whole time that I was clean, I never surrendered my will for His will. I still wanted to be in control and that control cost me a whole lot. I've overdosed countless times, but that didn't scare me into stopping. My son begging me didn't stop me. This was my life. This was all in Michigan where I grew up and eventually the popular, pretty girl didn't have anyone she could turn to. Everyone had given up on me. My parents couldn't and didn't want me around. My old faithful friend, who would always take me in had gotten serious with a girlfriend and he said "no" too. He told me, "I have a friend who is a truck driver and he's going to Texas, why don't you just take off and get away for awhile." I didn't have any other options, so I did. I really don't remember the ride down, I slept most of the way. When we got to Texarkana, Texas, he had truck problems, so we got a motel and I wanted some "crack". I quickly found someone and we brought it back and smoked it and I wanted some more. This time they wanted me to meet the dealer. This was in 2005. He said "why don't you just stay here, you can make a lot of money." So I ditched the truck driver and then ALL HELL broke loose. I became a prostitute - 1st I was making $100/hr and getting high, but in just a few years, I would do anything for just a hit.Selling my soul, my body, whatever it took for a hit of dope. I had a pimp who beat me regularly and eventually we were in a major drug bust and he is doing a whole bunch of time right now. I only got arrested for drug paraphanalia (thank you Jesus). You think that would scare me, but nope. I got another pimp. He also got arrested. I eventually went out on my own. One of my customers took a shining to me. He rented me a house and he tried to give me enough money to keep me happy where I wouldn't have to go out and prostitute, but there was never enough drugs. He was also married and once his wife got wind, she moved out. We then moved in together and he started beating me. He wanted me to quit dope, but that is not what I signed up for. I have had numerous black eyes, broke ribs, my left arm was "shattered". I have a steel plate in it, with a really bad scar. I would sell all his tools and anything else I could get a hold of. I was in and out of jail and something happened that last time I was in jail. I guess, I was ready. Unless you want it, it WILL NOT work or last. You may be clean, but unless you fill that void with Jesus, you will never be fulfilled. You will always be missing something. I started going to church while I was in there and that is where I meet my pastor. After I got out, I went back to the abusive man because I didn't have anywhere else to go. I asked him if I could go to church and he said yes and the church van came and picked me up and everyone thought we were married because that is what I told them. I was still living a lie. Then on New Years Eve in 2007, I had enough. I called the church and told them - I was drunk and when I drink, I want drugs. I took off on a 2 day binge, walking the streets and getting high. Pretty soon, word on the street was, that 2 crazy women in a church van, were driving the streets looking for me and this was not good for street business. I was in a crack house and they came and got me out! She asked me if I would go home with her that night and I did. The next day, I went into detox and then I went and lived with them for about 6 months. In that 6 months they encouraged me and loved me. I had been told that all I'd ever be is a drunk, a "ho" and a crackhead, but that is not what my God said! They encouraged me to go to college. I was in my 40's! I went to college and got my Associates Degree and started working in the Financial Aid Department. I met a fabulous man in church and we have been married almost 3 years and am now going to the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences. I have a 3.88 GPA, on the Who's Who List of American Students (I've been on a lot of lists, but not that one!) Phi Thetta Kappa. I go into the jails and minister and also work at a Faith Based Rehab in Queen City, Texas. as well as a full time student and wife and mother. I am reunited with my family in Michigan. I am so happy. I look back on those years, and it is really hard for me to remember that girl or to even recognize her. Praise God! Its all about surrender and wanting a new life. God promised us in Jeremiah 29:11 a hope and a future, He wants good for us and not evil. He doesn't want harm to come to us. He wants to give us a new life and He will give it to us if we are ready for a change. I look at those girls and pray that they get their life right. I wasted so many years of my life and wish I could go back in time, but I can't change the past. They are young, they can change. They need treatment and they need God. I could see myself in those girls, so many years ago, and if they don't make a change, they will go through years of heartache and sorrow and maybe death. I just felt I had to share. Thank you.
Replied By: sellkrystal1 on Jun 16, 2011, 2:22PM
This is disgusting. I am 20 years old and can't imagine being where she is. It sounds like she has a serious problem and I think she needs help. She says she doesn't know what a normal 20 year old is suppose to act like...She isn't even legal to be out drinking in the club so lets go with that's not normal. Her mom needs to take stronger action...Giving her a smiley face or frowny face for her behavior is rediculous. Treat her like an adult...she should suffer the consequences. If she was my child and lived under my roof and I found out she was putting her life in harm every day, she wouldn't be living in my home because not only does she not have respect for herself, but she doesn't have respect for her family. Four car wrecks caused because of drinking and driving...who are the police taking care of these situations because it sounds like she should no longer have a license. She puts her life at risk and others at risk every time she drinks and gets on the road. Makes me sick to think that she thinks its okay.  It is clear she needs help and I hope she finds it soon before she looses her own life or takes another persons life.
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