Top Model’s Jael Strauss: now a meth addict with rotten teeth, sore-covered body

America’s Next Top Model cycle eight cast member Jael Strauss will appear on Dr. Phil today, though judging by the preview, in which she flees the studio, it’s more of an intervention/confrontation than an appearance. That’s because, as Dr. Phil says, “she’s a full-blown meth addict.” And the evidence of that, which comes in the last few seconds of this preview, is utterly shocking. Here’s how the show summarizes the episode:

“At 22, Jael was an aspiring star and finalist on the hit show America’s Next Top Model. A statuesque beauty, her future seemed prime with possibility — until the darkness of substance abuse and addiction stole her from the spotlight. Now 28, the former model’s family says her drug habit has taken a toll both mentally and physically, including rotting her teeth and leaving her body covered in sores, and they fear for her life. With Jael living on the streets, Dr. Phil sends mother-son intervention team Brandon and Debbie to Jael’s hometown to find her and stage an intervention — but their trip does not go as planned. Find out what they discover. Desperate to get Jael the help she needs, Brandon finally locates her, and what follows is the most out-of-control drug rage in Dr. Phil history. Reluctantly, Jael agrees to travel to Los Angeles to see Dr. Phil, but just seconds before appearing onstage, she takes off running. Don’t miss the unlikely place Dr. Phil goes to help her. Can he convince her to stop running and commit to getting well? Plus, Dr. Phil has some tough truths for Jael’s parents. Could they be enabling their daughter’s behavior?”

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