An Addicted Family?

"My twins, Tiffany and Brooke, are 23 years old, and they are addicted to heroin. They're also addicted to prescription drugs," Dee says. "Tiffany has one child. His name is Brandon. He is 4. Brooke has two children: Alyssa, who is 4, and Jacob, who is 4 months."

Dee's ex-husband and the twins' father, Danny, says, "I'm terrified that I'm going to get a phone call, and they're going to tell me that they're dead."

"Tiffany is using three balloons a day," says Derrick, 21, the twins' brother. "Originally, Brooke couldn't shoot up herself, so Tiffany would hit her up, and now Brooke can do it herself, so now they're just pretty much feeding off each other."

The twins' sister, Ashley, 24, says, "Brandon always wants to go home because he thinks his mom is sick. They've said, ‘Mommy's taking her medicine.' They tell the kids it's their medicine."

"Alyssa and Brandon, they're getting smarter. I think they know when their moms are high. They have to," Derrick says.

"My twins live together in a really bad part of town," Dee says. "I'm worried about the safety of my grandchildren. I don't know if they're watching the girls do their drugs, shooting up. Brooke and Tiffany have neglected the children."

"Brandon stays up until 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 in the morning with Tiffany, or he just falls asleep sitting by her," Danny says.

"There have been numerous times when I've called, and when they answer the phone, they're slurring so bad, I cannot even understand them," Dee says.

"I've talked to my mom about calling children's services to take the kids away from them, and she tells me not to," Ashley says.

[AD]Dee cries. "I don't want to send them into a tailspin, to where they're going to overdose or mentally break down without those kids," she says.

Danny acknowledges his part in his daughters' sickness. "I'm sure I've enabled them to a point. I've used pain pills with the kids. Obviously, if I'm doing it with them, it's enabling."

"One time, Tiffany came to me, and her withdrawals were so horrible, she just looked like death. She begged me to give her money to get her heroin so she could feel better physically," Dee remembers tearfully. "I didn't know what else to do for her, so I gave her the money for it. I never in a million years ever dreamed I would be giving my child money to buy drugs. Ever. The addiction, it consumes them. That's their life, not their kids."

As soon as Dr. Phil became aware of this story, he insisted the children immediately be removed from the twins' home. They are now staying with Dee.

Dr. Phil meets with the twins' family first and tells them, "What I'm going to do is I'm going to pick up the phone, I'm going to call Child Protective Services, and I'm going to tell them that these children should not be with those girls, they should not be with you, they should not be with you, they should not be with anybody connected with this family, and move on, unless you guys are willing to pull your head out and start doing something different here, because if those girls go [to rehab] and come back to you, I'm wasting my time, and I know it."

Dee and Danny agree.

"They use with the children there " two 4-year-olds and a 4-month-old. They use with them there, and they've overdosed! Do you want a 4-year-old coming in and finding his mother's cold, dead body because she overdosed? That's where we're headed," Dr. Phil says.

"I understand that," Dee says.

"I don't think you do," he says.

"Yes, I do. That's why we're here," she says. "We need help as a family."

[AD]Dr. Phil brings up Dee's claims that she doesn't want to call CPS on her daughters because she's afraid they'll melt down. He turns to former guest, Brandon, and his mother, Debbie. "Debbie, there comes a point where you've got to let the consequences that go with the behaviors come to play, true? You've been there."

"Absolutely. I've been there, and the most important thing is that these three children are taken care of. They are innocent children, and the 4-year-olds are parenting the 4-month-old. And the 4-year-olds are parenting their heroin-addicted mothers. This disease responds to toughness, and these girls are not going to get better," she says.

"They call it ‘Mommy's taking her medicine,'" Dr. Phil says.

Dee believes Tiffany is doing three to four balloons a day. "I don't know how much that is," Dee says.

Brandon says, "It is a lot. Also, they're not in the right frame of mind to protect these children at all. If they leave one of those balloons on the ground, and one of the kids puts it in their mouth, that's it," he says.

Dee says the children have seen Brooke and Tiffany and been around them, but have not been left alone with their mothers.

Dr. Phil asks Danny, "What's your role in all of this?"

"I got injured back in 1991, and then in 2003, I got re-injured, couldn't hardly walk. They started putting me on Vicodin, and the next thing I know, I was addicted," he says. Danny has been taking prescription drugs that he buys off the street. He says he's not currently using drugs but is detoxing from them.

"So, you're an addict father of two addict daughters," he says. Dr. Phil wants Danny to explain why he picked up his daughter from rehab with drugs ready for her.

Danny refutes this, but Dee explains that Tiffany told her that he offered an Oxycontin to her when she got in the car.

"I don't remember that. I would admit to it if I did," Danny says.

[AD]A frustrated Dr. Phil threatens to send everyone home if they aren't honest. "Have you done drugs with your daughters?" he asks Danny.

"Yes, I have," he says. "It's the addiction. It makes me feel like *. I feel like * all the time."

Dr. Phil asks the twins' brother, Derrick, his opinion.

Derrick says, "I smoke weed and do pills too, so I really can't point the finger," he says.

"Did I wake up in the Twilight Zone here?" Dr. Phil asks. "Are you the only one who doesn't do drugs?" he asks Dee.

"Correct," she says.

"I look at the facts here. Here's what we know: You know they're addicts, you know they use when in control of the kids, you know they use with the kids, you know they're breaking the law, you know it's a terminal disease, and you say, ‘Well, I don't want them to melt down, so I don't want to take the kids away.' Well, you know what? They're adults. They have a choice. Those kids are not. They don't have a choice. Your undivided loyalty needs to be to protect these young children," Dr. Phil tells Dee.

"And I will," Dee says.

"We've got to put them at number one. And these girls may never see these kids again. I don't know. And to me, I don't care. I'm sorry, but I didn't choose for them to shoot up black tar heroin. I didn't choose that for them; they chose that," Dr. Phil says. He points out that Brooke's youngest child was born addicted.

Debbie speaks up. "Dee, do you have any idea what that's like for a baby to go through detox? How painful? And this baby does not have a voice. How can you, as the mom, the one who's clear headed in this family, not speak up on behalf of your grandchildren?" she asks.

"I don't have an excuse. I'm numb," she says.

Dr. Phil shows an image of the twins walking with their kids in tow. "Do you know what this is? This is a drug field trip. They have loaded up the kids, and they're going out to get drugs. How does somebody not say, ‘Wait a minute'?" he asks, incredulous.

Dee says tearfully, "I'm prepared to do what needs to be done. Whatever needs to be done."

"You've got another kid down here doing drugs," Dr. Phil says, pointing to Derrick.

"I'm not addicted to them," Derrick argues. "I take them socially when I'm out. Everybody around where I live takes them. We don't live around here. We live in the real world. Everybody I know is on drugs."

"Do you think your sisters passed through where you are at some point?" Dr. Phil asks him.

"Yes, but I've been offered heroin. I won't do it. Two weeks ago, I stopped taking the pills. I'm not addicted to them. I don't have withdrawals from them or anything anymore," he says.

"Anymore. But you have had?"

"In the past, but I got past that."

Dr. Phil turns to Ashley. "How about you, sis? Are you doing drugs?"

[AD]"I have prescription drugs that I take. My boyfriend actually gives them to me. I don't have them in my possession because everybody around me does them, and I don't want to end up like that," she says.

Dr. Phil tells the family they have to be prepared to change; it's not just a problem with the twins. He says the twins made their own choices, but the family can be part of the solution instead of just part of the problem. "I know I'm being hard on you guys. I intend to be. Somebody's got to get your attention. I'm the guy who says, ‘Hey, wait a minute. This is not OK.'"