Former America's Next Top Model contestant battling meth addiction agrees to go to rehab in emotional episode of Dr Phil
Jael Strauss, then 22, reached the final of the show, hosted by Tyra Banks, six years agoNow age 28, she has become a homeless drug addict whose looks have been ravaged by methamphetamineAfter Dr Phil staged an intervention, she has finally stopped resisting help, and has agreed to go to rehab
20:51 GMT, 13 September 2012
22:34 GMT, 13 September 2012
Jael Strauss, a former contestant on America's Next Top Model who has spent six years desperate and homeless struggling with a drug addiction, has finally agreed to go to rehab.
Close to losing her battle with methamphetamine, Dr Phil staged an intervention with the 28-year-old in what was a last ditch effort to help the once aspiring model save her own life.
After 'the full blown meth addict' initially resisted all help, running off the stage and out onto the Paramount lot in tears, Dr Phil finally convinced her to seek the treatment she needs in an emotional episode that aired today.
From model to meth: Jael Strauss, a former contestant on America's Next Top Model who has spent six years desperate and homeless struggling with a drug addiction, finally agreed to go to rehab on Dr Phil
With Ms Strauss missing and living on the
streets, Dr. Phil initially sent her father, Larry, and mother, Lisa, go to her
hometown with the hope of finding her. Reluctantly, she agreed to travel
to Los Angeles to see Dr. Phil.
However, after she is seen physically
resisting being placed on the Dr Phil stage, she then runs away, inconsolable.
Phil decides to follow her, and makes a point of noting: 'This is the first time
in ten years I've come out here, [and it's] to talk to you.'
After reasoning with Ms Strauss,
explaining that he genuinely wants to help her to help herself, she agrees to re-enter the stage.
'You do what it takes, and you never, ever, surrender to the disease,' he says.
Before and after: Jael Strauss, the former contestant on
America's Next Top Model (left) has spent six years struggling with drug
addiction since she left the show (right)
Dr Phil: On the episode, which aired on September 13, 'the full blown meth addict' resists all help from Dr Phil
Last hope: Close to losing her battle with methamphetamine, Dr Phil staged an intervention with the 28-year-old in what was a last ditch effort to help the once aspiring model save her own life
Success: After 'the full blown meth addict' initially resisted all help, running off the stage in tears, Dr Phil finally convinced her to seek the treatment she needs in the emotional episode that aired today
Support: Ms Strauss agrees to re-enter the stage when Dr Phil says to her: 'You do what it takes, and you never, ever, surrender to the disease'
After years of trying to save her daughter, Lisa, waiting on stage, tearfully hugs Ms Strauss.
'Jael’s dream was always to be a model,' Lisa explained.
Larry, who says his daughter had goals and dreams, until the drugs consumed her, added: 'She started doing a little bit of runway here and there, but it came to a halt due to behavioral problems.
'My worst fears have already been realized. She’s a dead girl walking and doesn’t know it.'
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
Every chance: Jael Strauss placed sixth in Cycle 8 of America's Next Top Model (far left, middle)
Ms Strauss, who called herself 'well-rounded' while on the America's Next Top Model, has also had her fair share of struggles prior to Dr Phil's intervention.
A few episodes into the 2007 season, the model 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.
Facing family: After years of trying to save her daughter, Lisa (left) tearfully hugs Ms Strauss as she re-enters the stage
Daddy's girl: Larry, who says his daughter had goals and dreams, until the drugs consumed her, said he had his worst fears realized after Ms Strauss began taking drugs
Reunion: Ms Strauss faces facts with Dr Phil, and agrees to get help and clean up with the help of her family
Then, that same year, she sued over the release of erotic photos taken of when she was 16.
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.
Ashamed: Jael Strauss found it a struggle to appear on the US show but told Dr Phil she was a 'well rounded person'
Devastated: Jael's behaviour has broken her family, including mother Debbie
VIDEO: Dr. Phil asks Jael if she secretly wanted an intervention
VIDEO: Jael refuses to join Dr. Phil on stage