Dr. Phil checks in with the two families competing in the Ultimate Family Weight Loss Challenge.
“I was about 15 when I first started drinking beer. The real hard stuff came in as I got older,” he says, noting that he would drink a bottle or two of Jack Daniels a day. “The cocaine came in shortly thereafter. I felt this God complex when I would do drugs, but in between that, I felt worthless.”
He realized there was a problem when his performance started to get “lackadaisical” and his voice started to sound “dumb.” He reflects, “It was just a downward spiral. The week leading up to me going into rehab was just non-stop partying.”
AJ shares his thoughts about rehab. “The rehab process was honestly the best 30 days of my life. I started to get to know me better,” he explains. “When I first got out of rehab, I thought, ‘This is going to be a piece of cake.'” He realized that wasn’t the case when he was shopping with his girlfriend and in the display case at a store there was a circular mirror with three lines of fake cocaine. “I was like, ‘This is going to be a lot harder than I thought,'” he says.
After a year and a half of sobriety, he relapsed. “I relapsed because I stopped going to meetings, and it’s a life-long commitment to be sober. It’s not like you can say, ‘Well I’ve been sober now for two years, I’m going to go out and have a glass of wine tonight.’ It doesn’t work that way,” he knows. AJ has two pieces of advice for anyone with an addiction: Don’t be so hard on yourself, and ask someone for help.
With his life back on the right track, The Backstreet Boys are just about to release a new album. “My life is beautiful right now,” he smiles. “For years, my trademark was sunglasses. It was all about don’t see my eyes. Now, I want you to see my eyes. I want you to look at me and know that I’m right here.”