Dr. Phil McGraw, America’s busybody, has reportedly talked newly homeful and “Golden Voiced” former homeless man Ted Williams into going to rehab after Williams got into an altercation with one of his up-until-recently estranged children at a Los Angeles hotel.
Williams has struggled with addiction in the past, but was reportedly clean for two years leading up to his discovery on an Ohio city streetcorner. Now thanks to Dr. Phil, he will be away from the harmful, productive environment of being on TV and getting paid and mark his first month in a while of gainful employment by surrounding himself with other people with substance abuse problems- an environment not too different from the streets that were his home just a scant week and a half ago:
“If Ted is ever going to get better, he’s got to be honest with himself and admit he’s addicted to drugs and alcohol,” said Dr. Phil McGraw. “I’ve told him it’s not going to be easy and it’s going to take a lot of hard work. It might be a long journey for him, but this is a big step in the right direction.”
While a measure of counseling and guidance is certainly a good thing for Williams, it seems like a bit much to thrust upon the man at the apex of his national recognition and as offers roll in. Either way, hopefully Williams will find the support he needs without having to be kept away from doing what he seems to be so gifted in doing.