Helen’s children, Nate, Alex, and Demetria, claim their mother has been abusing painkillers for years and say they’re convinced if she doesn’t stop, it’s going to kill her.

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Helen acknowledges that she may be dependent on opioids, but insists she is not an addict. She claims she needs the medication due to chronic illness and complications from multiple surgeries that have left her weak, malnourished, and unable to walk without assistance.

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“I would love to be off the pain medicine and not have to worry about it,” she says, adding that the fear of having her pain return is “horrible.”

On Friday’s episode, Dr. Phil introduces Helen to Dr. Gerald M. Sacks, MD, director of pain management at the Pain Institute of Santa Monica.

“To be perfectly honest, you’re not a patient that should be taking opioids at all,” he tells Helen.

Noting that “pain is subjective,” Dr. Sacks says that while Helen’s pain should be managed by a pain specialist, she’ll need to overcome her dependence first.

And later, when Dr. Phil refers Helen to Meadows residential treatment center for help, does she agree to go?


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