"I was 28 years old when I started using drugs. I get my drugs from a dealer. He gets them from a doctor, and he just sells them to us," says Yvette, who admits to taking Xanax, a sedative used to treat anxiety, and methadone, a narcotic used to treat heroin addicts. "I spe
Yvonne, Yvette's twin, also abuses pills. "I became addicted to pain medication when my husband was in an accident. His doctor was giving him so many drugs, you wouldn't believe. I would take a few, and I liked how it made me feel," she shares. "I take two drugs: the anti-depressant in the morning, Xanax at night. I take Xanax for anxiety. I feel like I have to have it. It can become a drug addiction, but I feel like I'm in control right now. I can quit taking drugs at any time. I feel that Yvette is worse off than I."
Yvonne went to a two-week detox clinic after her kids found her passed out on the floor from taking methadone. "Two weeks later, she was back on methadone," Maria recalls. "Yvonne's husband supplies her with the drugs. He was recently sentenced to 18 years in prison."
Yvonne explains, "My husband took his pain medication, drove home and killed two people in an accident."
The twins live with their mother and Yvonne's children. "It bothers me that they don't have a problem cursing those children out. Yvette screams at them at the top of her lungs,"
Yvette admits to getting physical with her mother and sister. "We start fighting with each other, throwing things. The kids have to see this all the time. It's just horrible. And the kids start fighting with one another " fist fighting " and it's just crazy," she reveals.
"I have described Yvonne as being the devil," Maria says. "One time, Yvonne was so mad at my mother that she beat the top of her car with a broomstick."
Debbie points to cigarette burns and explains they happen, "When my daughter, Yvonne, falls asleep " due to taking Xanax " with a cigarette in her hand. This goes on all the time."
Yvette also has a young daughter who lives with her father. "Yvette and her child's father were in a custody battle. Right before the court date, Yvette was arrested and charged with drug paraphernalia, and so the father was granted sole custody of her child. She only can have her daughter every ot
Yvette feels pained that she won't be included in Maria's special day. "She doesn't want me and my sister to be in it because she doesn't want people to see that we're on drugs. I feel very upset, disappointed. You're supposed to be in your sister's wedding," she says.
Maria wrote to Dr. Phil with the hopes of reuniting her family. "My twin sisters are afraid to admit they truly have a drug problem. My mother is completely torn apart. There's no family connection," she says as tears fall down her face.
"[Yvonne] fell asleep in a plate of food on her bed last night, because she slept with Xanax," Debbie says. "Her kids were up at 10:30 p.m., 11:00 p.m. running through the house while she slept in the bed." Debbie finally put the kids to bed in her room.
Yvette speaks to Maria on the phone and says, "Everybody is saying how we're the ones who are so bad, but did they stop to think about what Mama does?"
Debbie admits, "I drink and gamble to handle the stress."
"Mom's upset because when my husband went to jail, I didn't have a place to go with three kids, and I interrupted my sister and her life, so I brought all my problems in here, and she can't stand us. There are fights every morning. We can't do anything right," says Yvonne, as tears
Yvette describes her previous evening. "I took a Xanax to go to sleep, because it makes me sleep. I was watching TV on the floor. I was sleeping on the floor, and I guess it aggravated [Mom]," she explains. "Every day she gets mad. She will find something to bitch about. It doesn't matter what it is. She will find something to bitch about."
Yvonne admits she's afraid of her mother. "She'll come after us," she says.
"I get pissed off. I want to beat the hell out of somebody, and it's mostly them," Debbie says.
"[Mom] wants to be by herself, and I don't blame her. She lived her life. She doesn't want to deal with any of this. Well, leave then. Go. Leave us here. We'll find a way to pay the bills, and we're going to have to find a way," says Yvette. "She stays because she knows we need help. We really can't do it on our own. Even if I wasn't, you know, buying the drugs, I still couldn't afford it."
In his studio, Dr. Phil asks Maria why she wrote to the show.
"I want them to get some help," she says, voice cracking.
"What is your fear?" he asks.
"That this will continue, and one of them is going to die, and their children will never have a chance at life," she says.
"What do you think about what you saw on the tape?" Dr. Phil asks Yvette and Yvonne.
"Horrible. It was terrible," says Yvonne, who is wearing a black sweater.
"It was horrible, but it was the truth," Yvette adds.
"What are you taking?" Dr. Phil asks.
"Xanax and methadone," Yvette says.
"What do you say to yourself about it?" Dr. Phil probes.
"I know it's wrong, but it gets me through the day. It gives me energy so I can go to work," Yvette explains. "When I take the Xanax, it helps me go to sleep and relieve stress."
"My mom starts the fighting," Yvette says.
"You got busted with drugs, and drug paraphernalia, and [you were] high, and you wound up losing custody of your daughter," Dr. Phil points out.
"Yup," Yvette agrees, but notes that her daughter visits every other weekend.
"Yes. Not as much, but I do take care of her. I do the right thing when she's with me," Yvette says.
"Are you addicted?" Dr. Phil asks Yvonne.
"Yes, sir," she replies.
"It's horrible. I don't want to be addicted," she says. "I'm so stressed out, you know, raising my kids by myself, and I live with my mom and my sister, and when my kids are arguing and I'm trying to correct them, they jump in and correct them. They have, like, three mothers, and I give in to my kids just to keep the peace."