Brandon says he rationalized it in his head that a beer or two never hurt anybody, but the beers made him want more, and that led him to smoking pot. Afterward, Brandon felt he had let everyone down, but keeps thinking that less than 10 percent of the people who go through treatment stay sober.
Dr. Phil asks Brandon how many meetings he's been to in the last month. Brandon struggles to count them, and guesses at 10. "I bet you're giving yourself the benefit of the doubt," says Dr. Phil, and Brandon agrees. "That tells me that you don't get it."
"The meetings are really boring," justifies Brandon.
"If you hear one person say one thing that helps you get through one day, it's worth it," Dr. Phil tells him. "I've stood at the gravesite of you before. I've spoken at your funeral. I've comforted your parents, I've done it all. I absolutely don't want to do it again."
Dr. Phil tells Brandon that he doesn't have to like everything he does, he just has to do it, and that includes avoiding his old friends. "I want to help you climb out of this and get back to your life, and I have some specific things I want you to do." Dr. Phil asks Brandon, "Don't you think parents in America would like to know what were the first signs your parents didn't see?"
"Oh, yeah," agrees Brandon.
"What do they need to look for? What could your parents have done to put a fence around you?" asks Dr. Phil. "What was it they failed to see when they could've seen it way early on? I want you to be like my mole inside that end of the world and get you to really think back and deconstruct that history."
"That sounds great," says Brandon. "I think I'm going to start doing that right away." See Brandon's project.