November 30, 2016
Bo, 17, was charged with a DUI felony after allegedly running over a man in the street while intoxicated.
"Tell me how you felt the morning after you ran over what you thought was an antelope and it turned out to be a man," Dr. Phil asks.
"I felt terrible, to be honest with you," says Bo. "I kind of felt sick to my stomach that I had actually gotten caught with that amount of drugs, that I had actually hurt somebody."
Pointing out that Bo totaled his car while allegedly intoxicated less than two months later, Dr. Phil says, "So you didn't feel bad for very long because you went out and did the same pattern of behavior you had done before ... What did you say to yourself that made that OK?"
Bo responds, "I didn't say anything to myself and I don't know exactly why I thought it was OK."
Dr. Phil continues, "So you had absolutely no internal dialogue about whether you should or shouldn't do that. You have no ability to distinguish between acceptable behavior and unacceptable behavior?"
"I know it's not acceptable but to me it was fine I guess," says Bo. "I don't know."
"No dialogue whatsoever, purely immediate gratification," Dr. Phil assesses. "You just did what you wanted to do immediately the moment you wanted to do it. You didn't pump the brake in your brain. That's really immature. That's like 8-year-old immature - that level where you want what you want when you want it and you want it right now and you have absolutely no threshold of consideration for your safety or anyone else's."
Dr. Phil asks, "When you got out of jail, was there any point at which you said to yourself, 'I need to hold myself to a higher standard. I was high and ran over a guy in my car and that is unacceptable behavior. I need to hold myself to a higher standard. I'm not doing that anymore."
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Watch the video above as Bo explains when "something finally did trigger," and watch Wednesday's show to see how Dr. Phil proposes this family moves forward before Bo further hurts himself or anyone else.
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