I have always been a closet Dr. Phil junkie. I craved the exaggerated chaos that the show delivered. Watching other people air their dirty laundry made me feel somewhat normal regarding my own mediocre life. Isn’t that partially why we love watching train wrecks on television? Inward pleasure is often derived by watching other people make poor decisions because it subconsciously makes us feel better about our own life choices. These feelings are firmly evolved from our own insecurities.
Sharing our story on Dr. Phil provides more than just entertainment, it offers hope. Thousands of viewers struggling with addiction will watch the show and potentially acquire some glimpse of hope. Owning an ugly addiction on national television takes fearlessness and accepting help for that addiction takes even more courage. Perhaps, this demonstration of bravery will motivate others to acknowledge their own addiction and seek help.
The Dr. Phil Show is the last resort. For those of you who think I am desperate for appearing on the show: you are 100% correct. I am desperate to save my sister. If you watch the episode and judge me for utilizing the resource, then you are admitting that you would not go to ends of the earth to save your own loved one from a deadly addiction. I’m proud to declare that I would do ANYTHING to keep my sister alive. Revealing our family’s reality to the world is a small sacrifice to make in the grand scheme of life.
DISCLAIMER: I was going to keep it on the down-low that I was going on the show. I felt embarrassed regarding the entire scenario. Then, I woke up from this self-pity. If one person sees our story and feels empowered to reach out for help, then all of this was worth it. If my sister can gain one more sober day on this earth, then my efforts were not in vain.
Episode airs on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.