'America's Next Top Model' Alum Jael Strauss Addicted to Meth
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Jael Strauss was once a beautiful 22-year-old finalist on cycle eight of America's Next Top Model, yet to see her now, one would never guess her aspirations of one day walking a runway. From an addiction to meth, and other drugs, Jael, now 28, has developed scars and rotted teeth. Jael's family has reached out to Dr. Phil, pleading for an intervention before there is no turning back.
"Do the drugs get her and take her life, or do we get her and save her life?" asks Dr. Phil McGraw in the teaser for today's episode of Dr. Phil. As Jael enters the studio and notices all the people, she bolts and escapes to the parking lot in tears. How did such a promising talent succumb to drugs?
"I think she wants to be in a place where there are no expectations of her," says Jael's mother, Lisa. While she admits to once hanging out with her daughter and her friends and participating in the use of cocaine, Lisa and Jael's father Larry are desperate to find help for their daughter. The pressure from fans and spotlight found while competing for the title of America's Next Top Model caused Jael to act out and get kicked off of the show. From there, the usage of at least five identified drugs found her estranged from her family, working as a stripper to make money and living in a cheap motel.
Dr. Phil has recruited Debbie and Brandon of VIP Recovery to assist the family in finding Jael, holding her in a safe environment, namely the family home, and staging an intervention. Once they have her in the home, Jael goes ballistic. She fights off any family member who tries to touch her and tries to run away. It's a very, very sad sight. There is no doubt in Debbie's mind that she is strung out on meth amphetamines.