America"s Next Top Model: Jael Strauss, former contestant battling a meth addiction

'Her body is covered in sores and her teeth are rotting': The former America's Next Top Model contestant battling a meth addiction

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21:53 GMT, 11 September 2012

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UPDATED:

00:04 GMT, 12 September 2012

Jael Strauss, a former contestant on America's Next Top Model, has spent six years struggling with drug addiction since she left the show, and now, Dr. Phil aims to intervene.

At 22, Ms Stauss was an aspiring model and a finalist in cycle eight of the Tyra Banks hosted show, But now, the 28-year-old's family says she is close to losing her battle with methamphetamine.

In what they say was a last ditch effort to reach out to their daughter, the family enlisted the help of Dr Phil. However on the episode, which airs on September 13, 'the full blown meth addict' resists all help.

Before and after: Jael Strauss, a former contestant on America's Next Top Model (left) has spent six years struggling with drug addiction since she left the show (right)

Before and after: Jael Strauss, a former contestant on America's Next Top Model (left) has spent six years struggling with drug addiction since she left the show (right)

Before and after: Jael Strauss, a former contestant on
America's Next Top Model (left) has spent six years struggling with drug
addiction since she left the show (right)

With Ms Strauss living on the streets, Dr. Phil her brother, Brandon, and mother, Debbie, to her hometown with the hope of finding her. Reluctantly, she agrees to travel to Los Angeles to see Dr. Phil.

America's Next top Model: At 22, Ms Stauss was an aspiring model and a finalist in cycle eight of the Tyra Banks hosted show

America's Next top Model: At 22, Ms Stauss was an aspiring model and a finalist in cycle eight of the Tyra Banks hosted show

However, after she is seen physically
resisting being placed on the Dr Phil stage, she then runs away, out
onto the Paramount lot.

Dr. Phil follows her, and makes a point of noting: 'This is the first time in ten years I've come out here, to talk to you.'

Ms Strauss, who called herself 'well-rounded' while on the show, also had her fair share of struggles prior to her appearance on Dr Phil.

A few episodes into the 2007 America's next Top Model season, she had to deal with a
friend's death from an overdose.

While she decided to remain on the show, saying in an interview, 'There was never, never a question in my mind to leave
the competition. My friend is gone and I am still here living life to
the fullest,' she chose to dedicate her picture that week to her dead friend.

Then, that same year, she sued over the release of erotic photos taken of when she was 16.

Her
family adds that while experiencing her friend's overdose 'really shook
her', she herself could not keep away from drugs.

A habit they say has taken its toll both mentally and physically, including rotting her teeth and leaving her body covered in sores.

Intervention: In what they say was a last ditch effort to reach out to their daughter, Ms Strauss' family enlisted the help of Dr Phil

Intervention: In what they say was a last ditch effort to reach out to their daughter, Ms Strauss' family enlisted the help of Dr Phil

Dr Phil: On the episode, which airs on September 13, 'the full blown meth addict' resists all help from Dr Phil

Dr Phil: On the episode, which airs on September 13, 'the full blown meth addict' resists all help from Dr Phil