Heroin Sisters Featured on Dr. Phil Are Now 60 Days Clean

By McCarton Ackerman 11/17/14

After causing a stir on the show last month, Valeen, Amanda, and Tiffany are finally on the path to sobriety.

Heroin Sisters
The sisters high on the show. Photo via

An episode of Dr. Phil that showed three heroin-addicted sisters generated plenty of controversy earlier this month, but a recent update show found all three girls in rehab and on the path to sobriety.

Valeen, 27; Amanda, 25; and Tiffany, 22, have shot up over 36,000 times, traded sex for drug money and used money their parents gave them in order to buy drugs. They used heroin on-camera and even admitted to being high when they walked on set for the episode. “When we wake up in the morning, the first thing on our minds is to get high. It’s like I’m married to it,” said Valeen. “I think the needle itself is a certain addiction. I don’t want to do it unless I can do it with a needle."

Their parents, Linda and Rich, were in total denial of their daughters’ addiction. Despite most of their drug use taking place in their own home, Rich said he had never seen any of them use heroin and Linda refused to kick them out. “If you continue to do what you’re doing, these girls are going to be dead,” said Dr. Phil. “Would it be easy for me to put my kids out on the street? Hell no. I get that, but I also understand that it comes down to [whether] I want them to have a chance of surviving or not.”

He offered rehab to all three sisters on the condition that they attend separate facilities and never live in their parents’ house again. Ten days after the original episode aired, he revealed on an update show last Thursday that all three of them had accepted his terms and were now clean for 60 days.

“It was such relief when I realized I was getting the help I needed and my family was getting help they needed. The relationship with my parents has gotten so much better. They’re both in a 12-step program and my mom is getting counseling,” said Valeen. “We all have the same sobriety date and I hope we can keep that, but I’m in this for the long haul. I’m here to stay sober this time.”

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.