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Topic : 07/31 Strung Out!

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Created on : Friday, May 04, 2007, 12:05:14 pm
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(Original Air Date: 07/09/07) Imagine your mother so high on prescription drugs that she falls face first into her food, or your husband on a 15-day drug binge that ends with him passing out in front of your young children. For today’s guests, this is their reality. Becky says her life was once a fairy tale that included being married to a semi-pro football player, until her storybook husband, Donell, got addicted to methamphetamines. Now, every day of his life revolves around cooking, shooting, eating, snorting and inhaling methamphetamines, while Becky spends her time worried that he won’t make it through another day. With paranoia as a constant side effect, Donell prepares to face Dr. Phil Is there any hope of turning his life around? Then, Janet admits she’s been hooked on drugs for 25 years, but says she flushed her prescription drugs down the toilet and is currently clean. Her children, Jaymie, Michael and Dawn say she’s a liar. When Dr. Phil confronts her about the 15 pills she still takes daily, Janet turns her son in for being strung out on more drugs than she. Do both mother and son have an addiction problem? Tell us what you think!

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May 9, 2007, 12:18 pm CDT


Why is his wife putting up with that? I would have left him along time ago.
May 9, 2007, 12:48 pm CDT

On drugs...

Well, in my opinion: when some-one is on drugs more than (let's say a year !)... He/She most of the time will not... nót... become clean without efforts which almost need more than just human power ! If you are a partner from such person ? You have to make, yes, just have to make some decisions and ask yourself for example:

1. Can i live with some-one on drugs ?

2. Do i want to stay rough bottom for the rest of my life ?

3. Is it better for mé... to break up this relation ?

Well, of course fill in this questions will be tougher when your partner starting with it after several years (decca's ?), perhaps due to circumstances as he/she got fired or something... ?! But when ya relation still got the level of a courtship... I just can give ya one good advice: Break up relation !

And perhaps... Yes, this is a point/thing people do not like to speak about... perhaps you can do with less luxury in ya life...



May 9, 2007, 12:59 pm CDT

How would I find a nurse who specializes in helping people detox?

I am a great grandmother. And, my son is almost 46 years old and for the last 10 years with the exception of several 6 to 7 month periods drinks beer, uses crack cocaine and now has added pain meds.


My son also has tried to kill himself 6 times when trying to detox.


For the very first time in the 10 years, he wants to get clean.  However, he will not even consider going into a rehab for treatment.


I wanted to know where I could find a nurse who would stay with him a monitor his vitals. I understand it is dangerous to detox alone.


How do I find a nurse who specializes in helping a person detox in Columbus, OH?


I am not mentally nor physically able to deal with his problem. I have learned to detach and let God take over.


My friend from California called to tell me that Dr. Phil show today was on people like my son. However, it was too late for me to see the show.


Yes, I can send for the tape but I need help now. Tomorrow might be too late.

May 9, 2007, 1:05 pm CDT

strung out mother

forgive my spelling .i hope this lady really gets help , it sounds like my mom , she smoked with me when i was 12 , im now 36 , she was on many drugs legal and street , i didnt have the courage to confront her , she was doing crack and thought no one knew even her boy friend didnt know , but i did ,she never did it in front of any one , but she started not wanting me to come over and acting weird , i got the courage to let her boyfriend know and one week later she was diagnosed with cancer 2 weeks later she died , i live with guilt every day , i found her
May 9, 2007, 1:13 pm CDT

Hang in there, Becky!

I just want to let Becky know that there is hope!  I, too, have been through this same terrible, life altering force called "addiction."  My husband and I have four wonderful sons, and were living what I thought was the all American dream.  We owned a nice home with a pool, several nice vehicles, investment properties, etc. all of which came crashing down around us in the beginning of 2006 when I discovered that my beloved husband had become addicted to crack cocaine.  It made me absolutely CRAZY!  But with the love and support of my wonderful family and friends, I managed to get him into a wonderful rehab.  He had a few relapses in the beginning, but is now doing very well.  He attends meetings three time a week to continue working on his sobriety and we work together DAILY on our marriage and just try to take life one day at a time.  Our boys have the benefit of a whole and healthy family.   We are even rebounding from our financial ruin.  But, despite everything else, you can benefit from the peace you'll feel knowing Donell is "safe" in rehab and try to re energize.  Take care of yourself and your beautiful girls and remember that you can be supportive of your husband, but that you cannot control his addiction or fix it either.  It also is not your fault and YOU ARE NOT SICK YOURSELF AND DID NOT CAUSE IT!!!!!!!!  Gather all the support you can, but make your own choices about what you think your healing should and should not be.   I wish I could be of more help to you.  My best wishes to you and your family for a total family recovery. 
May 9, 2007, 1:22 pm CDT

There is help!!!

For those of you who have an addiction, whether it's drugs, alcohol, pornography, gambling or any other demon you're battling, there is a program which will help you. It's called Reformers Unanimous. Our church has meetings every Friday night, but there are RU groups all over the country. It is a Bible based addiction program. One of my dear friends is living proof that this program works!!! He was a drug addict for many years and now he doesn't touch the stuff. Please visit this website and find a Reformers Unanimous group near you!!!
May 9, 2007, 1:24 pm CDT

a big thank you dr. phil



  Dr. Phil, I feel this country is going to hell with all the drug use today. Not only are our children growing up to addicted to substances, but our adult population as well. It is a generation of drug users and it is out of control. I think there has to be a way of controling this somehow because its only going to get worse. Its drugs drugs drugs drugs everywhere you go. Destroying people lives, their families. I think our government has to get a handle on this serious problem. Where do all these drugs come from? Why arent more people arrested for smuggling them in to this country.  Where are people at the borders of this country who are supposed to be doing their jobs? Granted, not all drugs are being smuggled in. But a whole ton are. This has got to stop. I feel our kids are being poisoned  and enough is enough.  People look the other way. They're are pay offs to keep quiet.  This has all got to change.  I commend you for always doing shows on drug addiction. You address the problem , educate people and keep it in the light.  Keep up your good work as usual Dr. Phil.  But, what has to happen before this country goes to pot??????

May 9, 2007, 1:33 pm CDT

Sober up!

 Look I was addicted to cocaine for 4 years and untill I decided there was a problem I couldn't get help. If your an addict its your fault and you need help. I am glad these people are going to treatment but this is hard work and I wish them luck! If I can do it you can!
May 9, 2007, 1:38 pm CDT

Presciption Klonipin,Xanax, Painpills ect

I am so happy I tuned in today to Dr. Phil show.  It was a odd to be tuned to a show when you can see yourself in the mirror.  I have been on Presciption Clonzepam, xanax, for 23 yrears and just over the past year taking Hydro-Codiene.  I live in Mass and just moved to another town and the doctor told me that she wasn't going to refill my prescription as these are dangerous and addictive drugs.  She asked me to go and get dexoted and then come back. I called my husband and told him what she said, I went and got cleared and I was in the hospital for 15 days, Or rehabs.  I had to do this underground and it was scary to be with Heroin and Crack Cocaine addicts.  I  did what the doctor said to do and I am still suffering from going off the Benzodiazepams.  My body twiches and my speech is slower, my walking isn't great as I am weak on my legs.  Its been since April 19, 2007 and I am not going to take any pills ever again. Its been almost 3 weeks and I dont know how long this will take and would like some input from anyone who was taking this medicine and went off it after so long. I know that 20 yrs ago they said these meds were't addictive. Makes you wonder if taking pill now is. I only take my thryroid pill and am worried about taking that. Great wake up call and I hope that woman can be strong enough in her mind to get through it and get the poison out of her body as I am doing. My head is clearer and being on the Clonzepam your mind is in a fog.  Its going to take some time yet I hope anyone else out there who was prescribed these meds or is taking them now will get off them right away.  It felt like the show was on to keep my chin up. I could have gone to another doctor and they would have prescibed it. I am so happy that one doctor in 23 yrs told me to get off the medicine. Thanks Dr. Phil. Great Show!!

May 9, 2007, 1:40 pm CDT

strung out mother

I so sympathize with these people who are watching their mother do drugs.  My own mother was addicted to perscription drugs.  Her family Doctor would give her a perscription for every ailment that she had.  At one time she was taking as many as 21 pills per day.  I watched her become dependant and my hands were tied.  She would be admitted to the hospital with other problems and has gone to the point of sewing a pocket in her purse where she would hide her pain pills.  She did not take cocaine or any street drug just what was ordered by the doctor but her actions were the same.  Cry when she ran out and couldn't get any more was one thing that she did.  She would lie on her bed and watch t.v. and try to carry on a conversation with me and others in the family and we wouldn't be able to understand what she was saying, her doctor did nothing about it. She would have family members shovel the driveway all during a snowstorm because she had a doctors appointment the next day and had to go so she could get her pills renewed.  She took so many pills that she forgot when she took them last, she died of a drug overdose and now as her daughter I will only take what pills I absolutely have to take and question my own family doctor whenever he orders them.  I am so afraid of becoming hooked the way she was.

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