2014 Shows

Diane says her 17-year-old daughter, Brianna, is an out-of-control drug abuser who has run away from home at least five times and does not respect authority. She says she recently forced Brianna into a youth shelter, hoping it would scare the teen straight, but nothing has changed -- and she fears for her daughter’s life. Diane also claims her ex-husband, Michael, abandoned Brianna after their divorce -- and she feels that contributed to the teen’s downward spiral. How does Michael respond? And, what ownership does Diane take in the situation? Brianna says her mother is overreacting and insists she’s just living the partying lifestyle by using Xanax, Molly, marijuana, PCP, heroin and alcohol. But is there something deeper at play? Emotions run high when the family comes together on Dr. Phil’s stage -- and an unexpected moment happens. Will Brianna realize the dangers she’s facing and get the help she needs? (OAD: 4-11-14)

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Replied By: birger on Sep 7, 2014, 5:29PM - In reply to cutecouple
I also take pain medicine daily because I have degeneration, and two herniated discs in my neck.  I, too, take less then the prescribed amount of pain medicine, have never taken medication outside of the prescribed amount, and have worked very hard to make sure that I am the one in control of my medication, not it controlling me.  I do not have an addictive personality and am able to manage my pain medication appropriately and I absolutely hate when Dr. Phil and others treat everyone that takes pain medication as a junkie.  It is ignorant and offensive.  There are times when these medications are appropriate, and there are people that can take these medications responsibly and appropriately.  Dr. Phil, you say that you started one of the first pain clinics in the country, but your thoughts are narrow and offensive.
Replied By: gchoogen on Aug 7, 2014, 5:27PM - In reply to ltisdel
My son died of an heroin overdose when he was 19.  He had a loving mom and dad at home but it was a choice he made starting with marijuana and progressing to, well, anything.  I'm sorry to hear that your daughter died the same way.  Some addicts get help but do not successful stop.
Replied By: gchoogen on Aug 7, 2014, 5:16PM
I look at this girl and see a very young child who pretends to be an adult by using drugs.  It breaks my heart that her parents don't see how broken she is.  My son died of an heroin overdose at barely 19.  She could die.  She could die.  She could die.  That's all that matters.  Love her no matter what.  Hate the drugs ... Love the girl!   Those parents do not deserve her.
Replied By: cutecouple on Aug 6, 2014, 7:31PM
I can't listen to this "father" without getting greatly upset.  I am a 68 yr old mother & grandmother who has had a spinal fusion from T-10 through L-5 almost 6 yrs ago & I would like to put this man through a wall.  I am down to 1 (one) pain pill a day because I have worked with my doctors to NOT need them.  I have NEVER taken more than what was perscribed & this man is using his surgery as an excuse to continue to take meds.  His daughter is fighting for her life & neither of her parents are any help, but he is the worse of the 2.
Replied By: alwaysaskeptic on Aug 6, 2014, 5:53PM - In reply to shortcake49
I couldn't agree more.
Replied By: alwaysaskeptic on Aug 6, 2014, 1:59PM - In reply to candicejjk
...so your response to your medical predicament was to feel sorry for yourself for losing out on all the "cool" things in life, like "partying", and become a self-destructive, disrespectful brat? Instead of focusing on what you could accomplish in life and being proud of yourself you chose to live in the gutter. How'd that work out for you?
Replied By: alwaysaskeptic on Aug 6, 2014, 1:51PM
All I see here is another out of control self-centred teen girl who feels entitled to party and have fun forever, pits one parent against the other and in general is a manipulative drama queen (storming off stage). Just another teen dullard who thinks being high is the be-all and end-all of life. She lives with mom but has lived with dad and his girlfriend as well, so she bounces back and forth wearing out her welcome by being a disrespectful and uncontrollable rageaholic. You want to be treated well? Try treating others well instead of wallowing in your self-pity.

Of course Dr. Phil coddles this hellion, absolving her of ALL responsibility for her behaviour, in fact he supports her behaviour. Divorce is not the only reason families are thrown into turmoil. Not many decades ago fathers, sons and brothers went to war on a massive scale with many not returning. At the same time as WWI the Spanish flu was killing millions. Were all the survivors coddled and forgiven the kind of behaviour Brianna indulges in? No, life goes on and you make the best of it. No time for pity parties, until you get to the present generation of entitled know-it-all teens and wet-noodle parents.
Replied By: shawbri on Aug 6, 2014, 12:10PM
I really like Dr Phil and I agree with 99% of what he says. One thing that bothers me is his idea that if a person who goes to a Pain Management Specialist and is prescribed medication for pain is addicted. He would probably argue that saying someone who is treated for long term chronic pain with narcotic medication is dependent instead of addicted is a matter of semantics, but I completely disagree. A person who takes these medications for a better quality of life, who takes them as prescribed for pain relief, not to get high, will build a dependance on the drug. That person is not addicted. A person who abuses the drug and cannot stop taking it without experiencing withdrawl is addicted. Maybe Dr Phil has a high pain tolerance. Maybe he's never had to deal with chronic pain. I hope for his sake, that's true. There have been many shows that he's said people who take prescription pain drugs for a while are addicts. He seems to group those people into those who abuse drugs. This is wrong. He is misinformed. People who live with chronic pain have to deal with other's ignorance a lot of the time. They sure don't need Dr Phil adding to that. I do wish someone would enlighten him on this. He could be helpful in changing some people's views on this subject.
Replied By: sanch26 on Aug 5, 2014, 11:26PM
Again Dr. Phil, you get it wrong. You and your audience need to really really get a handle on substance abuse. You don't really realize the harm you're doing. You calling the father a substance abuser because he takes medication for pain (oxycoden), does not make him a substance abuser. If he is recieving prescribed medication from a licensed doctor, takes it as prescribed, and follows up with his doctor, it's called "pain management". Many people have higher tolerance levels while on medication for long periods of time. So let's get it right. If he works, is productive, and has a social life (family, friends, co-workers), it's called a normal, functional life. As for his daughter, who appears to be "dysfunctional", is the one that needs to be helped. The father needs to be part of the process, unless he was dysfunctional (not working, on the street buying/selling drugs, etc.). So before you begin fending for audience claps, by an audience that has no idea of what substance abuse is all about, it's time that you and the audience to begin understanding substance abuse.
Replied By: lyndapeil on Aug 5, 2014, 5:13PM
One of my best friends had a granddaughter who was a discipline problem most of her life.  She started using drugs, went to rehab several times and the last time she came out of rehab she lasted about 1 week before she was back with her heroin using friends and was found dead in an unknown adult's trailer.  Everyone had tried so hard to help her and they were just devastated.

They are too young to understand the consequences and have not yet had the mother child attachment experienced by her parents.  If she did she would also be desperate to help her child.
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