2014 Shows

Dr. Phil continues his intervention with 18-year-old Sara, who is seven months pregnant and admits to smoking cigarettes and marijuana daily and using crack and heroin. She says she’s not addicted and claims her 20-year-old sister, Sadie, who is also abusing drugs, is a bad influence on her. When Dr. Phil presses Sara for answers, she confesses that she and her sister used cocaine the night before the show. How does she explain her choices? Does she realize the effect her drug use could have on her unborn child? Dr. Phil shows Sara shocking video of babies who were born addicted -- will it make an impact? Then, Dr. Charles Sophy, director of Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, and Areva Martin, attorney and child advocate, have words of warning for the expectant mom. Will they serve as a wake-up call before she loses her baby or ends up in jail? Plus, Dr. Phil issues the siblings an ultimatum -- what will they choose? (OAD: 1-28-14)

Find out what happened on the show.
Replied By: babooshka2002 on Aug 8, 2017, 11:58AM - In reply to alwaysaskeptic
...Maybe even Sadie could look for a job, heaven forbid. She might learn what real life is like. Sara should be taken into custody, the baby removed from her once born and then she can look for a job, too. Parents, boyfriends, stop enabling these two self-centred crybabies and everyone else can quit coddling them and their "disease". Why should the taxpayers keep on paying for these morons?

Replying to your bit about the taxpayers, because I think this is important. Having compassion for addicts and trying to help them get well is not some bleeding-heart liberal* thing, I assure you. Helping them get well means they are less likely to be a drain on the taxpayer and in order to help them, one must understand their illness. That means not putting them down, not humiliating them etc. Why? Because it saves money, not because it's nice. It's not enabling them to have compassion for them.

My personal attitude is to have compassion, understand just how sick they are and encourage them all the way to seek help and get well. With support they can do that. Take the baby away, it'll end up in foster care, which is a drain on the state and since the care system in the US is broken, the child may be headed for a life of misery, crime, drugs etc, which will also be a drain on the state. Of course, if she is still using when it is born it might be necessary to take the child, but in an ideal world she'd get help for the addiction and be able to raise the child.

If a person truly wants to avoid people being a drain on the state, they should act in ways that are more likely to make that happen. Throw your hands up and say she's not redeemable? Then she'll be more of a drain. Encourage change and provide support and these people can go on to be productive members of society.

*I don't consider being a bleeding-heart liberal to be a bad thing. It's usually more financially sensible than conservativism.
Replied By: jackie704 on Feb 9, 2017, 10:24AM
Pregnant and out of Control     Sara  aired in Jan 2014 and re-run aired on 24  July 2014     Would like a follow up    I am wondering if Sarah's baby is okay ?        I would like an update on this.   The baby was probably born at the end of March 2014.    I am wondering if the baby has any health issues ?  I assume other people are wondering  too.  I am  wondering how Sarah is doing.    
Replied By: oceanentity on Aug 28, 2014, 9:37AM - In reply to toofickle72
my mum drank and smoked with all of us and we dont have any defects , i think the main diagnosed defect with alcohol is alcohol fetal syndrome. in those days everyone smoked and drank. some women even being encouraged to smoke to deliver smaller babies. your condition is possibly genetic or would have occurred either way.
Replied By: oceanentity on Aug 28, 2014, 9:32AM
This story remains one of the ones that i think often about, i can not wait to hear the outcome of rehabilitation . I actually think the sister who wasnt pregnant is at more risk of re offending is that the right term for returning to drugs, she appeared unaffected during the show , even in reguards to her pregnant sister ? im very glad DR Phil stepped up to protect this unborn child although this baby will of been born addicted and in withdrawl , this always makes me very angry when i see this type of situationand i hope it is illegal to do so and the pregnant woman is taken into custody and involunatarily admitted into rehab until the baby is born and criminal charges laid.will be watching for updates.
Replied By: toxicity7 on Aug 7, 2014, 8:21AM
These girls almost missed it. They didn't want to go to rehab you could just tell. I hope the mom to be realizes that she needs some serious change in order to be good for her child. My best wishes for the other girl too.
Replied By: loyalalways on Jul 29, 2014, 3:08AM - In reply to ocdmama
I agree with you. What a person does with her own body is one thing. However, when she's pregnant, she's got another human inside of her. It's no longer just her body.
Replied By: loyalalways on Jul 29, 2014, 2:53AM - In reply to virgo9864
I just wanted to commend you on your recovery. I don't know about it personally, but, from what I've heard, it's very difficult. You should be very proud of yourself.
Replied By: alwaysaskeptic on Jul 27, 2014, 2:54PM - In reply to ocdmama
...isn't causing this double standard you speak of. Pro-Choice simply champions the right of a pregnant woman to determine what happens to her body, with abortion as one option. It's a totally separate and more widely held view that a pregnant mother shouldn't be allowed to abuse harmful drugs and therefore put her unborn child at risk, a viewpoint that's hard to argue with. These are two separate issues, one being the right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy and the other to stop behaviour that endangers the health of a baby that will be born, most likely with multiple defects and pretty good odds of dying prematurely or living a miserable life.
Replied By: bourgeois9 on Jul 26, 2014, 4:25PM - In reply to nonna730
neither can I
Replied By: ocdmama on Jul 25, 2014, 11:22PM
I truely beleive in everything you said and did on the shows that ran Thursday July 24 and Friday July 25 2014.  I guess the angel that I am coming from is the double standard that the law has on this issue.  She can legally abort the child...because it is her body, but she can not harm the child, that would be against the unborn babies rights.   Pro-choice can not have it both ways.  Unless this country is so messed up that we do not know the meaning of the word "harm".  the double standard here tells me that there are more women and men out there that do not veiw abortion as a simple act of ..its her body she can do what she wants. We need one standard...life should always be respected..inside the womb and out.  Thank you to your staff and yourself for putting on the tough shows, you get abused a lot but I have a feeling you can take it.  but thank you.
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