Jael Strauss was one of the finalists on Cycle 8 of America’s Next Top Model. She was 22 years old, looking gorgeous and six years later, in 2012, she was on Dr. Phil’s show. Her family reached out to Dr. Phil so they could stage an intervention on the show. You won’t even recognize her. Her teeth are all messed up because of meth, and she is extremely skinny. Her before and after pictures are much more powerful than any other campaign ads that I have seen before..it is very sad.
When she was on the reality show, her close friend died of a drug overdose. That affected her badly and it is also revealed on Dr. Phil’s show that Jael was sexually abused at the age of 10 and her family failed to protect her then. Her mother admits to doing cocaine with her daughter and her friends. She says she wanted to be close to her daughter. This episode of Dr. Phil’s show aired in 2012 so hopefully she successfully turned her life around. There were criticisms about Dr. Phil exaggerated the intervention to increase the ratings of the show.
Well, regardless I think Dr. Phil’s show got the most powerful message across..don’t even think about trying Crystal Meth. Meth will destroy your life and you can end up dying. Meth addicts might have tried out of curiosity when they tried the first time but it is extremely difficult to get off this drug because of severe withdrawal effects. It is unbearable so addicts would do anything-prostitution, stealing, robbery…to get the next fix. You don’t ever want to mess with it and I am glad that I’ve never messed with these drugs including marijuana. I think it is ok for people with certain medical conditions to use marijuana but not methamphetamine!!