Dangerous Fads: Hannah Speaks

A Changed Person?
Hannah received permission to leave her facility, Inspirations Teen Rehab. She is accompanied to the show by Dr. Hughes, CEO of the program, who is overseeing her treatment. Chris and Karen Walsh, owners of Inspirations Teen Rehab, are also in the audience.

Dr. Phil turns to Hannah. "Do you have any doubt that your parents love you?" he asks.

"I know they've always done their best raising me," the teen replies.

"You just disagree with how they're going about it," Dr. Phil observes. "Your expertise comes from where?" [AD]

"I didn't get a doctorate or anything," Hannah answers sheepishly.

 


"Have you had parenting classes? Have you studied family dynamics? Have you had any type of training in neurology or brain functioning?" Dr. Phil probes.

Hannah answers in the negative to each query. "If a kid wants to get high, if that's what they want to do, no matter what rules you put on them, they're going to do it," she says.

 

"What is it you don't like about you that causes you to have to distort your reality with this foreign substance?" Dr. Phil asks Hannah.

"I'm fine with myself. I just think it's fun. I had other ways of having fun. I really like theater and cheerleading," she replies.

"The difference between theater and sniffing toxic substances is theater won't kill millions of brain cells and inhaling these toxic substances will," Dr. Phil says. "If you went home today, you would do this again, wouldn't you?"

"No. I honestly wouldn't," she replies. "I want to go home, and I want to get my friends that I had back. The only way to do that is to not do drugs."

"Why do you enjoy it so much?"

"I guess for the adrenaline rush. It wasn't necessarily drugs that I liked. Misbehaving gives you a thrill," she answers.

[AD]Dr. Phil introduces Dr. Urschel, an addictionologist who runs the Urschel Recovery Science Institute in Dallas, Texas.

"Is this dangerous, or am I just overreacting here?" Dr. Phil asks Dr. Urschel

"I think you're not overreacting. Inhalants are by far the most toxic substances that you can abuse," Dr. Urschel replies. "Unlike what Hannah was saying earlier, she can die from just one huffing episode. There's a medical disease called sudden sniffing death, where one episode of huffing can cause your heart to stop immediately with no other pre-existing problems with your heart or other previous signs. This is a very dangerous addiction, probably the most dangerous that's out there."

"People always say the odds are it's going to happen, but I've seen it so many times, and it hasn't happened yet," Hannah tells Dr. Phil.

"How many times have you seen this?" he inquires.

"I've seen friends do it, like, at least 20 times before I tried it, then I did it, like, at least 20 times and nothing happened to me," she replies.

Dr. Phil turns to Dr. Hughes. "What is the strategy [for her recovery]?" he asks.


"At Inspirations, we focus on areas of coping skills. We also look at analyzing and assessing their tolerance," Dr. Hughes replies. "In the beginning, Hannah would start out with smaller cans of dust cleaner, and over time, her tolerance has built up." [AD]

Dr. Phil addresses Hannah. "Do you think you're being helped by what you're doing, or do you think you don't need help?"

"I don't think I need help. I have no trouble quitting drugs," she replies. "I just miss my friends, from my home."

Is Hannah ready to come home from rehab?