Why Dr. Phil Tells A Guest It’s Her Responsibility To Get Along With Her Mother

LiAnne says she’s a former addict who has been sober for three years. She’s currently living in her mother, Debra’s attic, with her girlfriend, Shemelia, who Debra claims has a history of domestic abuse with LiAnne and has her daughter “completely brainwashed.”

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LiAnne claims that Debra is irrational and doesn’t accept her for who she is.

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Debra has legal guardianship of LiAnne’s kids and claims her daughter has “no natural instinct” as a mother,” but LiAnne insists she wants her “God-given rights” as a parent restored.

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“It’s different from state to state, but there are 10 parental fitness factors that you have to demonstrate to have any chance of restoring your role as a parent,” Dr. Phil tells LiAnne in the video above.

“You have to provide a safe, stable and secure environment,” he continues.

“I can’t do that right now,” admits LiAnne. She says she’s looking for a “plan of action” to reach her goal.

When Dr. Phil tells LiAnne it’s her responsibility to get along with Debra, how does LiAnne respond?

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‘I Would Like To Be Able To Live A Normal Life,’ Says Woman With Legal Guardianship Of Her Grandkids

‘I Would Like To Be Able To Live A Normal Life,’ Says Woman With Legal Guardianship Of Her Grandkids

It’s been over two years since LiAnne was stripped of her parental rights after her mother, Debra, petitioned the court and was awarded permanent guardianship of LiAnne’s two children.

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“I would like to be able to live a normal life,” says Debra, adding, “I love my grandchildren more than anything and I have put them – put their needs – before my own.”

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LiAnne admits she was once addicted to drugs but says she’s been sober for three years. She claims it’s her “God-given right” to parent her kids and wants Debra to give them back.

“I know I have a lot of work to do, but I also know I’ve done a lot of work,” she says in the video above.

Debra says that LiAnne, who is currently living in Debra’s attic, is in a relationship with someone who has a history of domestic abuse against her and claims that LiAnne has “no natural instinct” to be a mother. She says she’s taking care of her grandchildren because LiAnne isn’t.

Where do LiAnne and Debra go from here?

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Today’s Takeaway: Being A Parent Is Not A ‘God-Given Right’

Today’s Takeaway: Being A Parent Is Not A ‘God-Given Right’

LiAnne admits she’s made some mistakes in her life, but says that was no reason for her mother, Debra, to “go behind her back and steal guardianship” of her children from her. She claims it’s her “God-given right,” to parent her children, and she wants Debra to give them back.

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A former addict, LiAnne claims she’s been sober three years and has been doing everything in her power to show her mother that’s she changed.

But Debra says she hasn’t changed. She claims LiAnne’s girlfriend, Shemelia, has a history of domestic abuse with LiAnne and has her daughter “completely brainwashed.”

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“No court is going to restore your unsupervised visitation, let alone your reunification with these children when you’re in a relationship with someone who has a history of domestic violence – with you,” Dr. Phil tells LiAnne in the video above.

In Today’s Takeaway Dr. Phil reminds viewers why being a parent is a privilege, not a “God-given right.”

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Why A Woman Claims Her Daughter Has ‘No Natural Instinct To Be A Mother’

Woman Claims Her Daughter’s Girlfriend Antagonized Her With ‘Derogatory’ Texts

Debra says her daughter LiAnne’s girlfriend, Shemelia, has a criminal record and a history of abusive behavior toward LiAnne.

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Debra, who has legal guardianship of LiAnne’s kids, claims that Shemelia, who is currently staying in her attic with LiAnne, has antagonized her with “derogatory” texts. She says LiAnne has told her that she’s an awful person; that her grandchildren hate her, and that she’s going to “burn in Hell.”

“One time, Shemelia sent me a text telling me my dad died to get away from me, and that she wished I was dead, like him,” says Debra who calls Shemelia’s behavior “utterly disrespectful.” She says she wants Shemelia away from LiAnne – and her kids.

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Shemelia acknowledges her prior record and admits she sent Debra the texts. She claims that Debra “Torments, criticizes, manipulates, shames and guilts LiAnne.” Shemelia says Debra should return LiAnne’s children to her.

LiAnne admits there were times that she didn’t feel safe with Shemelia. She says her children are her highest priority and claims she should have her children back because it’s her “God-given right.”

Does Dr. Phil agree?

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Why Dr. Phil Tells A Guest It’s Her Responsibility To Get Along With Her Mother

Woman Claims Her Girlfriend’s Mother Is Trying To Drive A Wedge Between Them

LiAnne and her girlfriend, Shemelia, have been living in the attic of LiAnne’s mother, Debra’s, house. Debra has legal guardianship of LiAnne’s children.

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“I am here to protect LiAnne. That is my purpose,” says Shemelia, who claims that Debra “Torments, criticizes, manipulates, shames and guilts LiAnne.” She claims that Debra has been a roadblock in LiAnne’s relationship with her children.

Debra claims that LiAnne has been “completely brainwashed” by Shemelia. She says her daughter’s girlfriend has a criminal record and a history of domestic abuse with LiAnne, and she wants Shemelia out of her house – and their lives.

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“Debra is completely disgusted with my presence,” says Shemelia admitting that she has lashed out physically at LiAnne in the past. She claims Debra is trying to drive a wedge between her and LiAnne.

“LiAnne is not to have a relationship with me if she wants a relationship with her children,” says Shemelia.

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Does LiAnne have to choose between her girlfriend and her kids?

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Woman Claims Her Daughter’s Girlfriend Antagonized Her With ‘Derogatory’ Texts

Woman Claims Daughter’s Girlfriend Has ‘Completely Brainwashed’ Her

LiAnne says she’s been living in her mother, Debra’s, attic so she can be closer to her children, of whom Debra has legal guardianship. Debra says LiAnne moved into the attic because she was homeless and had nowhere else to go.
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LiAnne’s business partner and girlfriend, Shemelia, has been staying in Debra’s attic too.

“If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” claims LiAnne who says she has a history of substance abuse. Claiming she’s been sober for the past three years, LiAnne says Shemelia has been helping her by “instilling a system of daily affirmations that teaches me to renew my strength.”

Debra claims LiAnne is “completely brainwashed” by Shemelia who she claims has “done nothing but cause complete turmoil.”

Claiming that Shemelia assaulted her brother-in-law and has been physically abusive to LiAnne in the past, Debra says, “I want her out of my daughter’s life, but most importantly, I want her out of the children’s life.”

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Why does Shemelia claim that Debra is a bully who is trying to drive a wedge between them?
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Woman Claims Her Girlfriend’s Mother Is Trying To Drive A Wedge Between Them

Why A Woman Claims Her Mother Was ‘Completely Out Of Line’ When Authorizing Emergency Surgery For Her 6-Year-Old Daughter

LiAnne claims her mother, Debra, crossed a line when she made a medical decision for LiAnne’s then 6-year-old daughter without telling her. Last December, the child was admitted to the hospital with stomach pains, transferred to another facility, then taken in for emergency surgery the next day. LiAnne says it was “Life changing” for her because she wasn’t notified.

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Debra says she contacted LiAnne to tell her about the surgery but claims her daughter didn’t respond until after the child was already in recovery.

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“Rather than saying, ‘Oh my gosh – I’ll be right there,’ she started ranting and raving about how I had no right to allow this surgery to happen without her permission,” says Debra, adding, “I couldn’t reach her. I did what I had to do for my granddaughter and her feelings were not my priority.”

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Debra has legal guardianship of LiAnne’s children. Why does LiAnne claim that Debra was “Completely out of line”?

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Woman Claims Daughter’s Girlfriend Has ‘Completely Brainwashed’ Her

Why A Woman Claims Her Daughter Has ‘No Natural Instinct To Be A Mother’

LiAnne admits that in the past she hasn’t been the best mom, but says that was no reason for her mother, Debra, to go behind her back and “steal” her kids.

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“I’ve made mistakes in the past, but I was completely blindsided when my mother went behind my back and took guardianship of my children,” she says.

LiAnne, who acknowledges she has a history of substance abuse, claims she’s been sober for the past three years, and is doing everything in her power to show Debra that’s she changed, including closing her successful hair salon and moving into her mother’s attic just to be closer to her children.

“But my mom gives me no credit,” she says in the video above.

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Debra claims LiAnne was evicted from all three of her hair salons for not paying rent and lived in a U-Haul after becoming homeless. She says LiAnne “Came home because she had no place else to go.”

Debra has legal permanent guardianship of LiAnne’s children. She says the final straw was when a pair of strangers dropped her grandchildren off at her house in the middle of the night.

“She just has no natural instinct to be a mother, claims Debra, but LiAnne insists she needs to have her “God-given rights” as a parent restored.

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How does LiAnne claim her mother is standing between her and her children?

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Why A Woman Claims Her Mother Was ‘Completely Out Of Line’ When Authorizing Emergency Surgery For Her 6-Year-Old Daughter

‘My Whole Life Got Taken Away Because Somebody Said I Was A White Racist,’ Says Woman Dubbed ‘Permit Betty’

Renee says that recently, she was walking down the street performing her job when she was wrongly accused of using her “white privilege” to harass a street vendor.

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“My job is to make sure that everybody has a permit that’s out there. Sidewalk and street ordinances [say] you have to have a permit if you’re selling anything on the sidewalk,” Renee says, explaining that she came across a woman selling hats. “I don’t know if she had a permit because the guy, all of a sudden, came out of nowhere, and I just kept on hearing, ‘Here we go. Here’s another “Permit Betty”.’”

Renee claims a man started to film the situation. “It was a black man that racially profiled me. He didn’t know what my business was. I was not calling the police. He thought I was just being another white woman being ‘nosey,’ harassing a lady that was Hispanic,” Renee says. “I did hear him say, ‘Let’s make her go viral. Let’s make her lose her job.’”

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Renee claims that’s exactly what happened. She says she was suspended the next day and has received hate mail. “My whole life got taken away because somebody said I was a white racist,” Renee says. “The white privilege movement was definitely a key factor in what happened to me. The white privilege movement is dividing us.”

On Thursday’s episode of Dr. Phil, Renee and her attorney, Greg Winter, join Dr. Phil and a panel of experts who delve into the highly-debated topic of “white privilege.” In the video above, see how some of the experts respond to Renee’s story, and why Dr. Phil interrupts the conversation.

And on Thursday, hear how you can become more socially proactive and help to alleviate “white privilege.” Check here to see where you can watch.

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23-Year-Old Attacked At A Pizzeria Claims That He Was Singled Out Because Of His Race

How You May Be Using Microaggressions Without Being Aware Of It

When you speak with another person, do you listen to what you’re saying and really think about the meaning of the words you use?

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Oftentimes, people use microaggressions, or subtle insults, without even realizing it.

“A microaggression is a comment or action that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group, such as a racial minority,” Dr. Phil explains on Thursday’s episode. “It’s not that you’re trying to offend someone.”

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In the video above, Dr. Phil reviews some common microaggressions. Do you say any of them? And, hear how audience members say microaggressions were directed at them. Can you relate?

On Thursday’s episode of Dr. Phil, Dr. Phil and a panel of experts delve deep into the hot-button topic of “white privilege,” and how it is dividing the country. And, they offer ways to be more proactive to help alleviate the problem. Check here to see where you can watch.

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‘My Whole Life Got Taken Away Because Somebody Said I Was A White Racist,’ Says Woman Dubbed ‘Permit Betty’

Suggested Solutions For Overcoming The ‘White Privilege’ Problem

The term “white privilege” has sparked heated discussions throughout the country. People often assume that the expression means that all Caucasians are racist, which is not the case.


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“White privilege” is the inherent advantages possessed by a white person on the basis of their race in a society characterized by racial inequality and injustice.

 

“It’s not an indictment of an individual; it’s just an observation of a social structure,” Dr. Phil says. “It doesn’t mean that as a white person that you should feel guilt, or shame, or some kind of blame. It just means that there is a structure in our society that reflects a racial injustice.”

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So, what can people on both sides of privilege do to help combat the “white privilege” problem? Below is a list of suggested solutions that can help you move in the right direction.

 

  1. Hire more diverse people
  2. Make neighborhoods more integrated
  3. Start conversations; if you are white, don’t feel like you should be blamed, shamed or guilted
  4. Learn from those you were taught to disrespect
  5. Advocate for people who are not like you
  6. Act on it; be a voice for the powerless
  7. Know what to vote for; know what laws do for your community
  8. Be with people who are different from yourself
  9. Be aware of the dynamic of “white privilege”
  10. Do or say something when you see “white privilege”
  11. Police yourself if you are in a place of power
  12. Stop and think, why would my colleagues and coworkers who are not white see this differently?
  13. Know people of other races on a personal level; it will make you less afraid
  14. Think before you treat someone like an object or different species
  15. Have empathy

 

To learn more about “white privilege,” click here.


Two Caucasian Women Say They’ve Never Benefited From ‘White Privilege’

What Is ‘White Privilege’?

“White privilege” is a highly-debated topic that needs to be discussed, but often, nobody wants to talk about it. The term is used on the news frequently, and many believe it means that all Caucasians are racist — a huge misconception.

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So what does this term, that has divided the country, really mean? And what can people on both sides of privilege do to eliminate the problem?

Dr. Phil is joined by a panel of experts – Alonzo Bodden, comedian of social and political commentary; Tommy Norman, Arkansas police officer; Dr. Areva Martin, civil rights attorney; Dr. Laura Gomez, professor at UCLA School of Law; Dr. Peggy McIntosh, senior research scientist at Wellesley Center for Women; Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, professor of sociology at Georgetown University; and Dr. Nancy Wang Yuen, associate professor of sociology at Biola University – to delve deep into this controversial topic.

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Watch the video above to learn what the term “white privilege” means. And, Dr. Phil reviews four statements that help determine if you have “white privilege.” Can you relate to them?

And, on Thursday’s episode, hear from a woman who claims she was wrongly accused of using her “white privilege,” and a man who made headlines after claiming he was singled out and attacked at a pizzeria. Check here to see where you can watch.

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What A Group Of College Students Learned From An Experiment On Privilege

Today’s Takeaway: What You Need To Know About ‘White Privilege’

“White privilege,” a term that is often heard on the news and has sparked debates throughout the country, is defined as the inherent advantages possessed by a white person on the basis of their race in a society characterized by racial inequality and injustice.

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“The main thing to understand about ‘white privilege’ is it’s not an indictment of an individual; it’s just an observation of a social structure,” Dr. Phil says in the video above from after the show. “It’s an inherent reality, and it doesn’t mean that as a white person that you should feel guilt, or shame, or some kind of blame. It just means that there is a structure in our society that reflects a racial injustice.”

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Learn more about “white privilege” in the video above, including how it affects you, and what you can do about it.

On Thursday’s episode of Dr. Phil, Dr. Phil and his panel of experts discuss this highly-debated topic. Hear from people on both sides of privilege and how it has affected their lives. Check here to see where you can watch.

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What A Group Of College Students Learned From An Experiment On Privilege

Two Caucasian Women Say They’ve Never Benefited From ‘White Privilege’

Wendy and Renee, two Caucasian women, say they have not benefited from “white privilege” and they need to stop being blamed for the color of their skin.

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“I think the whole idea of white privilege is setting us back,” Wendy says. “I think some people in the black community use the victimization as an excuse not to do well. I feel like the black community needs to take some responsibility for their own problems.”

“I never felt that I was given more opportunities than any of my African-American friends,” Renee says. “I do believe people of color are the most privileged in this country. They are afforded luxuries that are not given to the white, Caucasian person.”

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The women join Dr. Phil and his panel of experts on Thursday’s episode and engage in a heated debate about “white privilege.”

“What we see in the media is that we are constantly blamed and shamed for being white. We don’t know what to do,” Wendy says. “If I’m part of the problem, the white privilege problem, I have to be part of the solution. I have to be able to be heard.”

Civil rights attorney Dr. Areva Martin shares her thoughts. “We are all telling you, that we, still, on a daily basis, experience racism, microaggressions,” she says. “If we’re going to change this, you ladies, you white women, listen. You’ve got to listen and hear us, and try to empathize with our experiences.”

Watch more of the passionate discussion in the video above and on Thursday’s episode of Dr. Phil. Check here to see where you can tune in.

Today’s Takeaway: What You Need To Know About ‘White Privilege’

What A Group Of College Students Learned From An Experiment On Privilege

The term “white privilege” is a hot-button topic that is often brought up in today’s society. There is a common misconception that the term means that all Caucasians are racist – which is not the case.

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White privilege means inherent advantages possessed by a white person on the basis of their race in a society characterized by racial inequality and injustice.

In the video above, a group of ethnically diverse college students participate in an activity to show ways in which society privileges some people over others. See what these young adults learn from the experiment.

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On Thursday’s episode of Dr. Phil, Dr. Phil is joined by a panel of experts to delve deep into this highly-debated topic that has divided the country, and to come up with ways to be socially proactive to alleviate the problem. And, hear from others about how “white privilege” has affected their lives. Check here to see where you can tune in.

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How You May Be Using Microaggressions Without Being Aware Of It

23-Year-Old Attacked At A Pizzeria Claims That He Was Singled Out Because Of His Race

Quevaughn says during a trip to a pizza restaurant with his friends, he was attacked with a pizza peel and left bloody and bruised.

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“I was called the N-word. The manager came outside the pizzeria and hit me with the pizza peel. I was hit multiple times with the pizza peel, including in the face,” claims Quevaughn. “I was knocked to the ground. I went in and out of consciousness. I definitely was scared.”

He alleges, “They singled me out. The reality is this wouldn’t have happened if I wasn’t black.”

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Quevaughn joins Dr. Phil on Thursday’s episode, along with a panel of experts to discuss “white privilege” and how it is affecting today’s society.

Dr. Peggy McIntosh, senior research scientist for Wellesley Center for Women, shares her thoughts. “A white privilege I have is if my day is going badly, or my week or my whole year is going badly, I don’t have to ask was there a racial angle here? I’m freed of that,” she says. “It makes sense for all of us to wonder what circumstances everybody else came from rather than project what we think onto them. And that brings more empathy and more compassion into our relationships.”

Hear more of the discussion in the video above. This episode airs Friday. Watch more here.

Dr. Phil producers reached out to the manager of the pizzeria, and he has not returned calls.

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Two Caucasian Women Say They’ve Never Benefited From ‘White Privilege’

Dr. Daniel Amen On Actor Gary Busey’s Ongoing Recovery From TBI: ‘He Will Continue To Get Better As Long As He Puts His Brain In A Healing Environment’

Academy Award-nominated actor Gary Busey survived both a near-fatal motorcycle accident in 1988 and cocaine overdose seven years later that he says caused him to give up the drug for good.

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Today, the film star is sharing memories from his storied life in his recently published autobiography, “Buseyisms: Gary Busey’s Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.” In the book, Gary uses “Buseyisms” to tell his life’s story. He uses the letters of existing words to create new meanings.

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“NUTS,” says the 74-year-old, “N-U-T-S. That stands for Never Underestimate The Spirit.”

The actor says his expanded definition for the word TRUTH is “Taking Real Understanding To Heart.”

“These are surprisingly thoughtful and profound,” says Dr. Phil in the video above.

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Gary also striving to overcome the long-term effects of the traumatic brain injury he suffered in that motorcycle crash three decades ago. He’s working with Dr. Daniel Amen, a neuroscientist, psychiatrist, brain imaging expert and founder of Amen Clinics.

“Gary is amazing. He will continue to get better as long as he puts his brain in a healing environment,” he says.

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Dr. Amen says he’s using a multi-level approach to help Gary and others to “rescue” their brains. A nine-time bestselling author, Dr. Amen’s newest book, “Feel Better Fast and Make It Last,” is available online and wherever books are sold.

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Why Actor Gary Busey Says Traumatic Brain Injury Put Him In Touch With ‘My Truth’

What Gary Busey Says About His Traumatic Brain Injury

In early December 1988, actor Gary Busey suffered a traumatic brain injury as the result of a motorcycle accident in which he was not wearing a helmet.

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“I had to learn how to walk, talk, eat – dress myself again,” says the star who underwent emergency brain surgery following the crash. “It was a rebirth, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually,” he adds.

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Watch the video above to hear who Gary says he encountered during a near-death experience after brain surgery. Plus, what does Gary say he did to influence language in the Traumatic Brain Injury Act of 1996, and how does he feel about helmet laws today?

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Gary Busey’s recently published autobiography, “Buseyisms: Gary Busey’s Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth” includes recollections from his childhood, anecdotes from a half-century in Hollywood and his perspectives and philosophies on life.

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Brain Specialist On Gary Busey’s Traumatic Brain Injury: ‘It’s Almost Miraculous He’s Doing As Well As He’s Doing’

‘What Do You Do When You’re An Addict? You Go Snort The Dog’

Academy Award-nominated actor Gary Busey says he used to be addicted to cocaine. He says that once when he’d accidentally dropped two packets of the powdered drug on the floor, “My dog, Chili, started rolling. The bindles (hand-folded envelopes) of the cocaine got all over her, so, what do you do when you’re an addict? You go snort the dog.”

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“Cocaine was my everything,” continues the star, adding, “My family, my career and everything in my life ran a distant second.”

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“I’ve been clean for 25 years,” the entertainer tells Dr. Phil in the video above. What does he say made him decide to stop using?

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Actor Gary Busey’s Wife On Why She Feels ‘Everyone Has Misjudged Him’