Dr. Phil Thursday: 'From Top TV Newscaster to Drunken Mom'

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- She's a three-time Emmy-winning TV news reporter who was at the top of her career, when she was left jobless due to alcohol addiction.

She sat down with Dr. Phil McGraw to tell her story, and he joined us on Good Morning Arizona to talk about the episode, which airs Thursday.

Dr. Phil says alcohol addiction left Christi O'Connor sleeping in bushes and estranged from her two adult daughters, Heather and Haleigh. Her downward spiral began in 2010, when she became addicted to Oxycodone after a car accident. She says she hasn't touched pills in years but admits she now drinks three or four nights a week, sometimes calling her daughters and leaving nasty voice mails.

Dr. Phil told us that emotions ran high when Christi and her daughters were reunited for the first time in more than two years on his stage.  

"Her daughters said, 'Dr. Phil, if you can't get through to her, we are done,'" he says. "She comes out in full reporter mode, totally has a mask on; defense. I've got to break through all of that. It gets very heated."

Friday's show also promises high emotion and drama. That topic? Tom is the chief of police in his small town and says his 16-year-old niece, Kristi, is the cause of as many as four 911 calls every week.

Her family says she is angry and violent, refuses to go to school, smokes marijuana and has no respect for authority. Kristi's parents, Ann and Mike, admit they've lost control of their daughter and say her rages are so frightening, they lock their bedroom door at night and sleep with a baseball bat nearby for protection. Ann says she feels like a hostage in her own house and has even offered her daughter $100 a month to move out.

Dr. Phil airs right here on 3TV at 3 p.m. For more information visit www.drphil.com.