Adrienne turned to Dr. Phil for help with her brother Rich, whom she called a “trash-can” addict, saying he was addicted to alcohol. She also was upset that her parents, Pat and Gheorghe, claiming they had spent over $250,000 on Rich. She said his “lying, manipulative and mooching ways” were killing their parents, but they just couldn’t stop themselves from enabling him.


In the video above, hear what Dr. Phil told Pat that she says changed how she looked at her relationship with her son. And, Dr. Phil offers her and Adrienne advice.

“Addiction is a serious disease. It’s resistant to treatment. It’s subject to relapse and it trends toward fatal,” Dr. Phil says. “That’s why you … don’t ever give up.”

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