Alexandra Goes to Rehab: The Road to Rehab

Rock Bottom
It’s been six months since Alexandra’s failed drug intervention. During that time, she contacted Dr. Phil staff for money, hotel accommodations and a place to shower. She also contacted her mother, Erin, for cash and access to her childhood savings bond. All requests were denied.

“I thought Alexandra was coming very close to rock bottom,” Dr. Phil says. “And then, Erin’s phone rang.”

Pushed into a corner, Alexandra finally gives in.


Erin stops to get “medicine” for her daughter so she can manage the plane ride to rehab without going into withdrawl.

Follow Erin and Alexandra on the road to rehab.


[AD]Erin and Alexandra fly from Florida to Origins Recovery Center in South Padre Island, Texas. “I’m a little nervous,” Alexandra admits. “But I told my mom that I would be open-minded and at least consider it and see how things go.”

“I’m really happy for her,” Erin says. “I just want her to stay. The fact that she even agreed to come here is amazing.”
When Erin and Alexandra arrive at Origins, Dr. Phil calls in to check on them.

Dr. Phil tells Erin that he has faith in the program at Origins, but also expresses a fear that Alexandra may reject rehab and leave prematurely. He asks Erin to let the professionals handle Alexandra's care from this point forward. “I think with some firm patience, we will get her where she needs to go,” Dr. Phil says.

“I felt his compassion and love for her in the conversation,” Erin says of Dr. Phil following the call.

Dr. Phil speaks to Alexandra by phone and tells her that he's proud of her. “I have nothing but belief in you,” he tells her, “and I am pulling for you 100 percent.”

Rob Park, clinical director at Origins, takes Alexandra on a tour of the facility. She remains skeptical.

“I don’t know if I’m ready for the commitment and the work that it’s going to take,” she tells him. “It’s scary being away from everything that is familiar to me.”

"This may be the hardest thing that you’ve ever done,” Rob tells her. “Although living on the streets is hard too.” He encourages her to try the program. “It’s worth giving it a shot. We will take care of you here. If nothing else, it will be nice to have a place to sleep.”

Alexandra says she’s hesitant. “I don’t think that I can commit to sobriety,” she worries.

[AD]“The fact that you’re sitting at a recovery center in Texas tells me that you want to try,” he says. “I think that there is something inside of you that wants you to do this.” Rob offers Alexandra medication to calm her nerves and asks her to make a decision in the morning.

Alexandra says that overcoming her addiction is important for her mother, and she’d like a better relationship with her.

Erin says she's spent more time with Alexandra today than in the past two years and looks to the future. “I’m looking forward to seeing her again when she is healthy,” she says.