November 4, 2016
Alyssa’s husband, Nick, suffered a traumatic brain at a charity fundraiser. He died after more than a year in long-term care; leaving Alyssa a widow and four kids without a father.
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Alyssa’s friends and family say something changed in Alyssa when Nick was in the hospital, and that’s when - they claim - she took to drinking and heavy partying to help her cope.
“When he died,” says family friend Kathy in the video above, “everything came apart.”
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Kathy claims Alyssa’s drinking escalated when Nick died; and that’s when she claims Alyssa started chain smoking, “doing drugs” and even, she says, began leaving her kids home alone.
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Alyssa denies she has a problem. She says she’s just grieving Nick’s death and no one understands what she’s going through. But Kathy insists “she’s totally spiraling out of control.”
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Is Alyssa’s reaction to Nick’s death just part of her grieving process, or is there something more going on? Tune in to Thursday's Dr. Phil to hear her story. Later, find out why Dr. Phil says he is surprised at what happened between Alyssa and some of the show’s staff.
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