Bam Margera opens up about family, drug abuse on ‘Dr. Phil’ episode
Last month, Bam Margera pleaded for Dr. Phil to help him fix his life that is “in shambles" via social media. After meeting with the talk show host, he checked into rehab.
After a week, he left the facility and ended up with a Dr. Phil-inspired tattoo and a trespassing charge. However, he posted bail and return to rehab following that arrest.
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Now, the emotional Dr. Phil episode featuring the Jackass and Viva La Bam star aired, and you can see Margera explain what was happening in his own words.
Margera has struggled with alcohol usage for years, entering rehab for the first time in 2009 and again in 2015. He didn’t complete either program and revealed in Jan. 2018 that he was checking into a facility for the third time after getting arrested for a DUI.
Margera remained sober for several months after the third stay but relapsed after he was robbed at gunpoint. He entered rehab for a fourth time in Jan. 2019 but left after 10 days, explaining his reasoning in an 8-page handwritten letter shared to his Instagram account.
Then, he asked Dr. Phil for help in a since-deleted Instagram post, which you can partially see thanks to Entertainment Tonight.
“Dr. Phil, I need your help in a big, big way,” he begins. “My family is in shambles and worse than its ever been ever.” He goes on to explain how “stubborn” his wife Nikki is and fears if they separate she’ll use their 18-month old son Phoenix Wolf against him. He also discusses issues with his mother April and childhood friend and Jackass co-star Brandon Novak.
Margera continues in his post, revealing he’s visited 28 doctors and four rehab facilities, but the last one did anything but help him. “When I went to my last rehab, they put me on more medication than I was on when I was out,” he states. “The only person that I will believe on the planet is Dr. Phil.”
He taped the Dr. Phil episode August 5, but it didn’t air until Monday, September 9. In the episode, Margera spoke about his abuse of drugs like cocaine and Adderall and talked about how he’s managing his alcoholism, which Dr. Phil seemed skeptical about.
He also spoke to his mother on the show, who claims he’s addicted to “drama,” which caused Margera to lash out.
Also, Margera was vocally combative toward his wife, Nikki, which Dr. Phil called “abusive” in response to the Jackass star telling his wife she doesn’t “follow rules.”
“You’ve been yelling at her, you’ve been saying, ‘I gave you three rules. You do this, you do that,’” Dr. Phil said. “That’s just purely abusive.”
Margera broke down crying when he was asked about his son, who he called his “best friend”.
You can see the promo for the episode below.
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As previously stated, when Margera checked into rehab after his Dr. Phil appearance, he only stayed for a week rather than the 60 to 90 days he was supposed to. Once he left, he ended up getting some new ink inspired by Dr. Phil at the Kat Von D-owned shop High Voltage Tattoo.
“I gotta pay my respects to Dr. Phil,” Margera says showing off McGraw’s name next to a heartagram on his neck. “I mean, I cried out on the interweb at 7 a.m., and that very morning, his team was there in San Antonio—no, Austin, Texas there to get me to go to LA to get me some help.”
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