Drug Troubles: Dr. Lawlis and rehab

Drug Troubles: Dr. Lawlis and rehab

Backstage, Dr. Lawlis tells Dawn and Rick, "You guys may have to make the really hard decision whether or not you'll have to turn your son over to the law."

"And we've been thinking about that," Rick says.

"That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard," Brad argues. "How are you going to help someone by sending them to the most horrible environment there is: jail? That doesn't help people. That turns them into monsters."


"I don't trust your rationale because you're addicted," Dr. Lawlis tells Brad. "And you're not only addicted, but you also have the brain of a teenager " "


"Being addicted would require it being a necessity. It's not," Brad says.

"No, addicted means that it affects your brain. It has created toxicity. And just by your logic, it's clear to me that you're addicted," Dr. Lawlis says. He asks Dawn and Rick, "Are you guys going to step up as parents, or are you going to enable him?"

"I'm extremely angry with him because he's just so … It's like talking to a brick wall," Rick says. "But I know that he's not himself right now, so I know why he doesn't understand."

"I'm **** right here!" Brad yells. Brad argues that his father's drinking is a problem too.

 

Dawn brokers an agreement between father and son that if Brad quits drugs, Rick will stop drinking.

One month after Brad talked with Dr. Phil and Dr. Lawlis, he agreed to enter an intensive in-patient program for marijuana addiction at the Hazel Street Recovery Center in Texarkana, Texas.

"The idea of having to go to rehab for marijuana, to me, seems ridiculous. I'm not sure how long I'll be gone away for, but it's going to be tough," Brad says as he checks in to the facility.

Dawn hugs her son and says goodbye, wiping tears as she walks away. "Leaving our baby boy somewhere with strangers, I think that's very hard," she says.

Rick says, "The main thing we're hoping is he's going to have the tools to make the right choices."

In a video diary, Dawn tells of her experience waiting for her son to come home. "My heart aches for what my son is having to go through," she says. After Brad's been in treatment a few weeks, Dawn says she looks forward to a visit she'll get to have with her son. "Bradley is writing letters, and some are angry and some are happy. I continue to call his phone sometimes just to hear his voice," she says. After their visit, Dawn is proud to report that she sees Brad making progress.

Brad returns home after two months of treatment. "I've been sober for 68 days now," he says. "The hardest part for me was all the structure that I had in there. I hated that. I was thinking about just escaping a few times. I mean, I could've easily, but I wouldn't have anywhere to go. Rehab got me to be more patient because I've never had that much time to think."

"Since Brad has come home, he is going to meetings, he's going to counseling, and he just completely has a different outlook on life," Dawn says.

"Since coming home, my family relationships have been a lot better," Brad says.
"Brad seems to be connecting better with everybody," Rick notices.

"I would like to tell Dr. Phil thank you from the bottom of my heart because he completely did something that we couldn't do forever, and I just could never say thank you enough," Dawn says.