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          How to Stay Sober

          May 07, 2009

          Dr. Phil delves into the topic of addiction with two families on the verge of losing it all. If you think a loved one may be struggling with a bad habit, or if you suspect your child is experimenting with drugs or alcohol, don’t miss this show! Learn the no-holds-barred truth about addiction, relapse and rehabilitation, and what it takes for addicts to get sober and stay sober.

          About to Lose It All

          Rigo was a police sergeant in charge of keeping crime off the streets, but at home he was taking up to 2,000 pain pills a month. He says his addiction caused him to lose everything he loved, including his job and his family. Now he fears he’ll lose his marriage too. Rigo says he’s been sober for seven weeks, but his wife of seven years, Robin, says if his current sobriety doesn’t stick, she will divorce him. 

          Is Rigo doing everything he can to stay clean?

          Not about Willpower

          Dr. Phil introduces Rigo to a top expert in the field of addiction with some important advice for the former police officer. Dr. Harold Urschel offers insight into the chronic medical illness that is addiction and how to treat it effectively. 

          “You were on the one treatment that would’ve made a huge difference in your life.”

          A Habitual Relapser

          Chuck is a former therapist who is unemployed due to his alcohol addiction. He says he’s had so many DUIs and spent so much time in jail, he can’t keep track anymore. He says he quit the bottle 90 days ago, but his wife of two years, Janet, calls him a habitual relapser. Is divorce in their future? Plus, learn the action steps to take if you have a loved one who is an addict. 

          “I drank when I was happy, I drank when I was mad, I drank when I was depressed, I drank when I was celebrating.”

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