May 10, 2017
Leighton says he needs a complete life change. “I was clean and sober, owned a business, had a home, I was very family oriented and I was actually a really good guy,” he says of his life before drugs.
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He’s been accused by his girlfriend, Mariah’s mother, Julianne, of scamming money from a friend, making up a story about being kidnapped; faking an injury to get opiates, pretending to have cancer and starting a crowdfunding campaign to pay for his “treatment”, getting Mariah addicted to opiates, and spending time in jail for domestic violence and he denies most of her claims.
“I want to do whatever it takes to become the person I used to be instead of the person I am now,” says the 35-year-old, who denies lying about being kidnapped, but admits he’s done some things he’s not proud of.
“I’d like that life back. It might’ve been more docile and boring but it was nice. I had a sense of security and safety and it didn’t end with me dead or in prison – or alone.”
Is Leighton willing to face up to his past in order to secure a sober future? This episode of Dr. Phil airs Wednesday.