‘You Can Do Anything You Want. It’s Up To You,’ Says Brother Encouraging Teen To Turn His Life Around

Dakota’s father, Jay, died by suicide in 2013 when Dakota was 10. He has been living with his paternal grandmother, Catherine, and her husband, Jim, ever since. Catherine and Jim say that Dakota, who is now 17, does drugs, associates with wannabe gang members, and has been physically aggressive with his grandmother. The family says Dakota’s behaviors are out of control, and they fear that he is headed to jail – or worse. Dr. Phil demonstrates what incarceration might look like for Dakota by having him spend a little time in a model jail cell. When he asks the teenager, “What do you think about this?” how does Dakota respond? Plus, Dakota’s 21-year-old brother, Hayden, admits he also behaved badly after their father’s death but says he turned his life around and believes Dakota can too. “You can do anything you want,” he tells Dakota in the video above. “It’s up to you.” And later, when Dr. Phil refers Dakota for counseling and other services to get himself turned around, does Dakota accept the offer of help? This episode, “Violence, Arrests, School Dropout and Drugs: My Grandson Needs Help!” airs Friday. Check your local listing to find out where to watch. WATCH: Man Says His Teenage Brother Has ‘Absolutely No Sense Of Consequence’ TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Hopelessly in need of Dr. Phil's Help?