Monday, December 3, 2012

From Teenage Singer and Actress to Addicted and Homeless

As featured on Dr. Phil

At 19, Monet Monico was fast becoming an acting and singing sensation, opening for teen heartthrob Jesse McCartney and appearing on Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Nickelodeon’s Zoey 101. But just two years later, Monet’s family says the Hollywood hopeful has gone from promising young talent to homeless heroin addict, and they’re desperate for help. Don’t miss what happens when Monet and her boyfriend, Chris, face her family for the first time in six months on Dr. Phil’s stage. Will Monet accept help before it's too late?

From Riches to Rags

“It’s raw, it’s real; it’s her life,” Dr. Phil says of Monet Monico, the once-Hollywood hopeful. Monet’s mother, Diane, says that since the death of Monet’s father, the aspiring star has been on a downward spiral with drugs, alongside her boyfriend, Chris. For the last six months, the couple has lived on the streets, where Dianne says Monet has nearly overdosed two times. “She’s killing herself,” Diane says. 


Monet hasn’t seen her family in six months and says her mother is to blame. “I feel very neglected,” she tells her. Monet also blames her boyfriend, Chris, who she says got her hooked on opiates by telling her she was taking something else. “It really hit me when I found out what they were, but I couldn’t stop because I liked it so much.” She says that soon led to a heroin addiction. 

"Partners in Self-Destruction?"

Monet’s family says they blame her boyfriend, Chris, for her addiction. They call Chris manipulating, controlling, cruel, obsessive and abusive. What does Dr. Phil think is best for the couple? Then, Ben Levenson of Origins Recovery Centers weighs in. “We want to help you return to your higher calling,” Ben says. “What that process looks like is the road to recovery.” Dr. Phil offers Monet and Chris the opportunity to go to rehab, and both accept the help.

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