Zip Code:
Provider Type:
          PLAYING How Young Woman Overcame Being Ripped Out Of Her Home And Put In Foster Care At Age 12

          How Young Woman Overcame Being Ripped Out Of Her Home And Put In Foster Care At Age 12


          January 16, 2017

          Melissa says she was 12 years old when she was taken from her family home in a “police style” raid due to her mother’s drug addiction and put in foster care.

          TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Life in crisis?

          “The whole experience was very traumatic. I was so heartbroken when I was told I wasn’t going back with my mom,” she recalls. “I got put into foster care because of my mom’s meth addiction.”

          She says over the course of six years, she lived in six different homes and says she eventually stopped caring about herself. “I started doing what I wanted and getting into a lot of trouble,” she says.

          MORE: Overcoming Addiction

          She says she was 15 when she started smoking marijuana and by 18, she was smoking meth. At 19, she was homeless and pregnant.

          “I met this guy who I thought was helping me out. But it turned into a domestic violence situation,” Melissa says. “One time, he choked me and was grabbing me and beating me up. I was bleeding everywhere. He said, ‘I can’t do it. I was going to kill you, but I can’t do it.’ So he let me go. Somebody called the cops and took me to the hospital.”

          WATCH: Help Secure a Brighter Future For Our Nation’s Foster Children

          She says when her son was 3 months old, Child Protective Services took him away because she was homeless and on drugs.

          “I am the third generation of addicts and abuse,” Melissa says. “I never believed that I would become like my mother, but I did.”

          Watch the video above to see how Melissa is doing today. This episode of Dr. Phil airs Friday. Watch more here.

          TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: At your final breaking point?

          Be on the Show

          Need Dr. Phil’s Help?

          Share your story for a chance to be on the show!

          Tell Us Your Story

          Be on the Show! Text “PHIL” to 88500
          Be on the Show

          Know a “Bad Bride”?

          Are you a bridesmaid under pressure to look “perfect?” Is the bride demanding that all her bridesmaids lose weight and get into shape before the big day?

          Be on the Show

          Know Someone Refusing to Act Their Age?

          Is your son or daughter a moocher and refusing to grow up? Is your loved one having a midlife crisis or wearing inappropriate clothing?

          Be on the Show

          At War with Mom?

          Do you feel she is your worst enemy? Can you not believe you are related to someone you dislike so much?

          Be on the Show

          Is a Narcissist Ruining Your Life?

          Do you suspect your partner/ family member to be a narcissist? Do they behave in a way that leaves you confused, distressed and fearful?

          Be on the Show

          Fighting Over A Family-Run Business?

          Are you part owner in a family business and feel like you don’t get your fair share of profits?

          Help & Resources

          Find Treatment Centers and Therapists!

          Check out the mental health treatment programs that have assisted Dr. Phil guests.

          Feeding America

          Learn how you can help feed a child this summer.

          Be on the Show

          Have a Story Dr. Phil Won’t Believe?

          Want to appear on Dr. Phil? Text PHIL to 88500

          Simple Share Buttons
          Simple Share Buttons