The Real Lives of Desperate Housewives: Deborah
Dr. Phil helps seven women to stop living a lie and start revealing the truth."I have five kids. I live in a pretty neighborhood, in a really nice house. I definitely have a secret life," says Deborah. "I start liv
ing my secret the minute I wake up in the morning. I try to do it when my husband is not at home. My biggest fear is what my husband's going to think," she says, getting emotional. "I think if I kept going, I would die."

"So how do you think people see you?" Dr. Phil asks her.

"I think they see me as pretty normal. Just typical happy mom. Got a great husband, family, kids, life."

"How wrong would they be?" he asks.

"Not very," says Deborah. "A lot of that is true. Besides the little problem that I have."

Dr. Phil pauses. "The little problem that you have."

"OK, the great big problem that I have," admits Deborah.

"Is that what you're telling yourself? I just want to know," says Dr. Phil.

"Oh, no, it definitely is a problem."
Dr. Phil agrees: "I'm not going to sugarcoat it. You're in trouble ... You're in trouble with your life. You're in trouble health wise, you're in trouble physiologically, psychologically, familially, maritally. You're in a ditch, girl. You're in a ditch. You're addicted to drugs."

Deborah admits how deep the ditch is. "I am addicted to pain pills. I take anywhere from 15 to 25 pills a day," she explains. "When I wake up and I think about it, I know it's wrong ... I don't think I could go without them. The last year, year and half, I've been selling the pills as well. I couldn't afford to buy them. These transactions take place at a tanning salon or a parking lot or a church. I have not been able to tell my husband because I get to the point where I'm about to tell him and then something just tells me he's not going to understand."

She justifies, "I think I'm fine when I'm on them. It's not like I get in the car and I'm all stoned driving my kids around."

He shoots back: "As far as you know. But you've had two today so you're on pain pills right now as you sit here."

Deborah explains that she took them at first to help her sleep. Then she tried them during the day. "And then before you know it, I'm addicted ... I feel better. I'm not in pain. They're an antidepressant to me, I guess," she says.
Dr. Phil tells her, "You're an addict. Not only are you addicted to pain pills and taking them, you're pushing drugs in the neighborhood!"

Deborah tries to rationalize that others ask her for the drugs; she doesn't initiate the sale.

Pointing out that she's lying to her husband — who has no idea that he's living with a drug addict — Dr. Phil says, "You cannot deal with what you do not acknowledge. You just can't."

He continues, "These are serious brain-altering drugs ... I tell people that I never ask them to substitute my judgment for their own. This is a time you need to substitute some other people's judgment for your own. In a few more years, you'll look like you're 70 years old. Your physiology will be burned out. Your brain will be burned out. It is not too late for you. I believe your life is in danger. I believe you're putting your children's lives in danger. I don't want you to die."

Deborah wants help. "I don't know how to stop. How do I?" she asks.