Dear Dr. Phil,
I have watched your show since it's inception in 2002. In fact, I watch it every single night (unless it's a rerun) with a glass of chardonnay and a bowl of Cheetos Puffs.
I have read [some of] your books, Robin's as well. I tune in to The Dr. Phil Show because I feel like much of what you have to say makes a lot of sense. I have learned, over the years, many important ways in which I can be a healthier woman, mother, person. However, I would not consider myself your biggest fan because I realize you have an incredible staff behind you which I am sure helps immensely when creating the show.
Many times during the tenth season I said to myself, "it appears as though Dr. Phil is getting less and less patient with his guests", you know, like you were tired of saying the same things and covering the same problems all the time. Domestic disputes, substance abuse, family quarrels, divorce, blah, blah, blah. And many times over the last season when I would tune in I would say to myself, "I think Dr. Phil needs a break from all the negative. He needs to do a show about families that ARE working!"
So, Dr. Phil, during your eleventh season I am offering my family to fly to Los Angeles and be guests on your show. No, I am not kidding. Here are a list of what I assume would be "Dr. Phil approved" credentials:
1. Married to the same man for 20 years, just recommitted ourselves to one another in a ceremony which included our five children. Although no marriage is perfect, we are dedicated to our relationship and to ensuring our children understand what a solid marriage looks like.
2. When my eldest son needed help with alcohol abuse, we sought treatment at a facility you often recommended on the show, La Hacienda in Hunt, Texas. It was during our family week there that I became inspired to return to college in order to finish a degree in psychology and work with young people and their families in the field of substance abuse counseling. I graduated this past spring and I am currently pursuing an internship rather than attend the master's program and incur additional student loan debt for our family. 4,000 internship hours will take some time to accomplish, but I know I will be pursing my passion.
3. After watching one of your shows a few years ago, I applied to and completed the necessary training to become a CASA advocate. I am in the middle of a case at this time which involves a 15-year-old girl and her newborn baby. While it is definitely challenging, it is well worth the effort involved.
4. I wrote a book about my life, from the time I became a parent [at the age of eighteen] until 2008 when I was able to get my son into inpatient treatment. Many people who have read my book have told me how helpful it was to them. There were several reasons why I took the time to write the book, which is titled "My Mothers Footprints: A Story of Faith, Calm, Courage, Patience and Grace", not the least of which was to give back to those who had helped me so much by sharing their own family's story of addiction.
5. We live in your home state of Texas!
So why not do something different this season and showcase families who may inspire you rather than [often] ignore your advice? Although we are no where near perfect, we are working together to create a functional family unit.