"Sometimes, people have a hard time getting out of their own way, and we have to look at the situation and see what the components are," Dr. Phil says.

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“If you’re dealing with an addiction situation, you look at the person and say, ‘You just need to step up, and man up, and do the right thing,’ but you have to realize that there are medical components to addiction, and there are neurological components to addiction that often rob people of reason, rob people of problem recognition, problem solving, and certainly rob people of motivation necessary to do what they need to do,” he explains.

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In the video above, he offers advice for helping an addict on the road to recovery, starting with detoxing the brain. Hear more of his tips in the video above, including why it’s necessary to seek medical attention.

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