November 27, 2006
Please note: The on-the-street footage in this series was filmed by a concerned outside party and sent to the Dr. Phil show. Upon receipt of this compelling video, the Dr. Phil show took the necessary action to get the twins the help they needed.
Twin sisters are on the brink of death in a gritty, in-your-face look at the realities of drug addiction, homelessness and prostitution that should be a wake-up call to all parents. Sarah and Tecoa, 25, had a typical childhood, filled with love and all the outward signs of a normal, happy family ” until their parents divorced and their beloved stepfather exited their lives. Sarah and Tecoa say they turned to drugs and sex while in their teens, to fill the void left when they became fatherless, and their lives have been in free fall ever since. Now, Sarah lives minute to minute on the streets, consumed with her quest for heroin and crack cocaine, and selling her body to pay for her drugs. Tecoa is currently clean, but not by choice. She’s been in jail, unable to do anything but think about drugs. She’s also six months pregnant. Joani, a former Dr. Phil guest and recovering addict herself, found Sarah on the streets and documented her days and nights for a month.
Part 1 summary: Sarah and Tecoa’s mother, Cindy, sits down with Dr. Phil to answer some hard questions about how her daughters’ lives have spun so out of control. Dr. Phil shows her some of the video footage of Sarah’s life on the street, selling her body, smoking crack cocaine and shooting heroin, while Tecoa explains how it all began. In a race against time, Dr. Phil gets the sisters off the streets and into The Dr. Phil House. Will Sarah and Tecoa commit to rehab and stay clean?