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Dr. Phil's Get Real Retreat

Dr. Phil continues his intense three-day retreat with 14 people who say they’re ready to change their lives. Struggling with issues such as addiction, anger, abuse and grief, guests confront their personal demons once and for all.





"My name is Donald. I'm a recovering meth addict. Coming from 25 years of drug addiction, others would probably describe me as pretty much a lost cause. Anything that I can do to make up for 25 years of abuse to my body and mind and life, I consider it extremely important."

Don tells Dr. Phil, "I'm having a hard time with some guilt issues, some depression. I have almost 14 months of sobriety now, and I'm afraid the guilt will lead me back into addiction."

"What are you feeling so guilty about?"

"The way I acted on drugs, my criminal background, things I did to my family, mainly," he says.

"How'd you hurt them?"

Don takes a deep breath.

"Can't change what you don't acknowledge," Dr. Phil points out.

"I destroyed them. I stole from them. I lied to them. I wasn't there for them. I just … I let them down," he says.

"Are you afraid of being judged by these people for talking about what you're talking about: meth, criminal background, hurting the family?"


"Even though you look clean cut, all-American as you stand here today, there is a dark side they haven't seen," Dr. Phil says.

Don has financial trouble. "In 1998, I was served and went to child support court. And, I didn't get the paperwork on time, so the judge automatically awarded her child support. For 10 years, the child support has been building up to the tune of $28,000. And out of the blue, three months ago I got a call from social services, and they court ordered a DNA test. I'm not the father. So I'm starting my new life $28,000 in debt. And it gets a little depressing. I'm trying to battle that right now."

"Are you a survivor?"


"Is this retreat the time for you, with the help of everybody in this room, to make your peace with you?" Dr. Phil asks.

"I believe it is, yeah."