Report states Dr. Phil left recovering guest vodka in his dressing room

Dr. Phil Mc Graw in 2013

Herzog, the Sole Survivor from 2007's Survivor: China, is the centerpiece of a bombshell investigation by STAT News in collaboration with the Boston Globe.

"You know, I get that it's a television show and that they want to show the pain that I'm in", Herzog said.

For the past 16 years, the "Dr. Phil" show has provided valuable information to viewers by telling compelling stories about people who are fighting the battle to overcome alcohol and drug addiction. But Herzog says he was sober when he arrived on set, but found a bottle of Smirnoff vodka in his dressing room. In a Boston Globe report, a former victor of the "Survivor" reality TV show said he went to Dr. Phil McGraw for help to battle alcoholism. He said he was also given a Xanax for his nerves.

Herzog's father, however, told the Globe that Todd was not intoxicated when he arrived at the studio; when McGraw used a breathalyzer on Todd during the taping, he blew a 0.263 - more than three times Utah's current 0.08 legal limit for driving and more than five times the 0.05 limit that goes into effect in December 2018.

Former addicts who appeared as guests of daytime talk show "Dr. Phil" are accusing the eponymous host of trying to enable them into a relapse. "However, what would have happened if I died there?"




Martin Greenberg, a psychologist and the director of professional affairs for Dr. Phil, vehemently denied the allegations, which he claims are "absolutely, unequivocally untrue". Other guests echoed Herzog's story with one woman saying that she was encouraged by employees of the show to buy heroin. "Addicts are notorious for lying, deflecting, and trivializing", Greenberg was quoted as saying in the report. "The show does not give drugs or alcohol to its guests and any suggestions to the contrary is errant nonsense".

The investigation centres on shows featuring people with drug or alcohol addictions, and a treatment called Dr Phil's Path to Recovery. It tears families apart and certainly creates levels of complexities when we produce these important shows.

"This will not deter the Dr. Phil show from its commitment to educate and inform the public about the worsening epidemic of addiction".

McGraw did not comment for the article.

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