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(Original Air Date: 10/13/11) After eight years with legendary rock group Guns N’ Roses, bassist Duff McKagan says he’s lucky to be alive. At 19, Duff says he was thrust onto a road paved with rock ‘n’ roll decadence -- daily drug and alcohol binges, international partying, backstage blackouts and the ever-present risk of a drug overdose. But at 30, the rocker says his reckless ride in the fast lane came to a screeching halt after a night of heavy partying caused an incident that nearly took his life. Now, 17 years since the life-altering event, Duff's new book, It’s So Easy (and Other Lies), chronicles the terrifying turns he took as a famous musician and how he finally kicked his substance addiction. Dr. Phil sits down with the rocker-turned-writer to recount his numerous brushes with death and his life as a changed man. Then, Krista, 25, is an oxycodone addict who admits she has deceived, cheated and robbed her own family to feed her pill addiction. Worried for her daughter’s life, Krista's mom, Barbara, reached out to Dr. Phil. Can Krista kick her addiction before she tears her family apart? And what lessons can Duff offer the young girl? Will she heed his warnings? If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, don't miss this show!

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(Original Air Date: 09/30/11) Ryan says he never expected the backlash he received for posting what he thought was a funny home video of his then soon-to-be 4-year-old daughter on YouTube. In the video, the 29-year-old dad teases his little girl by telling her that when girls turn 4, their skin also turns black. In response, his daughter cries repeatedly, "I don't want to turn black!" The video, which quickly went viral, has sparked a national controversy: Is it racism? Watch and vote! After hearing opinions from Dr. Phil and viewers, will the dad continue to defend his video? Then, Leslie says her 14-year-old daughter, Hannah, is out of control and that she lives in fear of the teen’s unpredictable rages. She says Hannah has hit her, kicked her and recently forced Leslie to barricade herself inside her room for protection. She says Hannah has been suspended from school more times than she can count, and the stress from trying to keep her daughter in line is taking a toll on her health. Hannah says her mother is no angel either and has also been abusive with her. What is the underlying issue that is causing this mother/daughter conflict? If you’re a parent battling a rebellious teenager, don’t miss this show!

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(Original Air Date: 09/29/11) Meleah and Greg’s young love story started and ended like so many — they met, fell hard for one another and went their separate ways with broken hearts. But when Meleah discovered she was pregnant following their breakup, their lives became forever intertwined. Greg says that while he has moved on with a new love and a new life, Meleah can't let go of the past and keeps their 4-month-old son, Jaden, from him and Greg even has doubts about the child’s paternity. Meleah says Greg is an absentee father who’s walked away from his family. Watch as sparks fly when Greg’s new girlfriend, Alex, comes face to face with Meleah and questions her motives. Plus, Paige was a teen mom struggling to make ends meet while her family fought over what was best for her and the baby. You won’t want to miss her remarkable update!

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(Original Air Date: 10/28/11) Some moms may be young at heart, but what happens when they refuse to grow up? Thirty-seven-year-old Susanna says she loves competing in beauty pageants alongside her 18-year-old daughter, Victoria. But Victoria says she resents her mom for stealing her moments to shine, especially when Susanna wears her gowns, scores higher points from the judges and wins the pageant. The teen says she wishes her mom could just be happy for her and honor her achievements — instead of competing against her. Should Susanna step out of her daughter’s spotlight? Then, Karen says that age is only a number, because at 55, she feels like she’s in her 20s. The mom says she borrows her daughter’s sexy dresses and skin-tight jeans, and parties with her until the early morning hours. Her daughter, Liz, 22, says Karen tags along when she goes out and is crowding her. And, Tasha, 37, admits she’s obsessed with her high school memories and likes to attend proms for grown-ups. Tasha’s son, David, a high school senior, says he’s embarrassed by his “wingmom” who is planning his prom and throwing and attending his pre-prom party. Can Dr. Phil teach these moms to express their free spirit without cramping their children’s style?

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(Original Air Date: 11/16/11) When Casey Anthony was acquitted of murder charges in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, it sparked public outrage and criticism toward prosecutors who jurors say failed to prove Casey’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Jeff Ashton — lead prosecutor in the case and author of Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony — answers tough questions and shares what he says are the never-before-revealed contents of Casey’s psychological report. What does he say Casey revealed about the day Caylee was last seen alive? How does Ashton believe the toddler died? And what does he think about the jurors who returned the stunning verdict? Plus, hear from other high-profile attorneys, including O.J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark, on where they think the case went wrong. Then, meet a woman who says she would let Casey babysit her children!

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(Original Air Date: 09/26/11) Could you share your husband with two additional wives? Meet the Dargers: A happy family made up of one husband, three wives and 24 kids. Joe Darger and his wives, twin sisters Vicki and Valerie, and their cousin, Alina, join Dr. Phil for a candid discussion about their polygamous lifestyle. From their daily routine to their unusual honeymoon, and the possibility of adding a fourth wife, get a rare look into plural marriage. By authoring the book, Love Times Three, the Dargers are coming out of hiding and are ready to tackle the toughest questions about their choices -- but could they also be facing criminal charges? The family insists their union is a love story; the same as everyone else's -- only multiplied by three. What do you think?

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(Original Air Date: 10/03/11) From rigorous exercise as a form of discipline to lavish rewards for good grades, Dr. Phil's guests say they've unlocked the secret to raising happy children. But are their methods too extreme? Lana buys her teens expensive gifts -- $1,000 cooking classes in Italy, million-dollar parties and even penthouse mansions -- as bonuses for doing well in school. She says the ritzy rewards motivate her kids to excel in the classroom, but her sister, Natalya, thinks she’s spoiling them. Learn what Dr. Phil thinks about this heated family debate. Then, Sarge and Joy raise their kids under a military-style regimen that bans most television shows, contact with friends, Harry Potter books and even requires the children to do push-ups if they lose a board game. Joy’s half-sister, Shana, worries the children will become sheltered from such a strict upbringing. Are they too radical, or is there a rationale to their extremes? And, Cheryl made national headlines when she allowed her 5-year-old son, Dyson, to wear princess dresses to school. Dr. Phil sits down with the mom to talk about her recently published children’s book, My Princess Boy, and her decision to accept Dyson, no matter what he wears.

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(Original Air Date: 10/05/11) From the outside, Mark and Karen seem to have the perfect all-American family, including a gorgeous home and three beautiful children. But on the inside, they say their world is crumbling as their 26-year-old daughter, Lane, a stunning former cheerleader, sinks further into the world of drug addiction, and her family struggles to save her and the child they say she's neglecting. Feeling hopeless and desperate, Lane’s sister, 28-year-old Malissa, wrote Dr. Phil for help. Her brother, Chase, says Lane will disappear for days at a time and is worried she's done the unthinkable to support her habit. And, just days before Lane was to appear on the show, she was arrested and incarcerated for allegedly harboring a fugitive. Now out on bail, Lane's cruise down life in the fast lane comes to an abrupt halt when recovering addict and former Dr. Phil guest, Brandon, and his mother, Debbie, stage an intervention alongside the family that says they fear for Lane's future and are resentful of the past. With her freedom and custody of her 3-year-old son at stake, Lane is now faced with a choice: get help or go back to jail. What will she decide? Will she be able to break the cycle of addiction? Don’t miss this emotional episode about addiction and the power of one family’s love to save one of its own.

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(Original Air Date: 11/28/11) Trying to beat the bulge this holiday season? Cortney says she and her boyfriend, Travis, are in relationship "pork-a-tory" because she gained 50 pounds and refuses to get married until she loses the weight. She says she's failed at every diet she's tried, but Travis says she makes a lot of excuses. He says he tries to encourage her, but Cortney says his 20 calls a day to remind her to go to the gym are not helping. How can she finally slim down for good and walk down the aisle with confidence? And, Rhenotha weighs 330 pounds and says she's ready to feel healthy. Will she accept the help that's offered? Plus, learn the four stages of readiness a person must confront before they are ready to make a major life change. Whether you’re looking to lose 10 pounds -- or 100 pounds -- this is a show you can’t afford to miss!

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Have you ever dreamt of getting a second chance in life? Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter was just 12 years old when he shot to worldwide fame, but behind the bright lights and adoring fans, he says he abused drugs and alcohol and rapidly spiraled out of control. Nick opens up about his addictions, two arrests and a life-threatening medical diagnosis that finally forced him to transform his life. Plus, Nick performs a song off his new album, I’m Taking Off, and surprises his “biggest fan!” Then, Bria ran away from home for the first time at 12 years old. Now 18, and homeless for most of the last six years, Bria’s mom, Michelle, and sister, Sierra, say she is doing the unthinkable to survive and fear she may be pregnant. Dr. Phil offers Bria a second chance at life. Will she accept? And, when Laura, an advertising executive, passed 11-year-old Maurice begging on a New York street in 1986, she offered him a much-needed helping hand. By visiting him regularly, cooking him meals and teaching him important life lessons, she showed him a love he’d never known. Their bond changed both of their lives and is the subject of the book, An Invisible Thread. Don’t miss an inspiring hour of hope, kindness and second chances.

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