America's Next Top Model contestant regains looks after finally ditching drugs
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- Jael Strauss reached the final of the show’s eigth season in 2007
- Soon afterward, her life began to spiral downward due to meth addiction
- Strauss found herself a homeless drug addict whose looks were ravaged
- An intervention by Dr. Phil appeared to be the turning point
- Now she has been sober for three years and appears to be enjoying life
It’s already been 10 years since Jael Strauss burst onto the scene as a contestant on America’s Next Top Model.
Since finishing her run on the show as a finalist in its eighth season, she quickly unraveled, falling victim to drug addiction that ravaged her once striking looks.
But a public intervention by television’s Dr. Phil appeared to be the turning point.
‘Not a drink, not a pill, not a joint, not a line, nothing. It’s really amazing,’ she told Too Fab.
It’s already been 10 years since Jael Strauss (seen here in a photo taken last week) burst onto the scene as a contestant on America’s Next Top Model
She recently said that she has been sober for over three years. ‘It’s a huge miracle to still be breathing after what I was up to and I’m so grateful,’ she says.
‘Whatever path and twists and turns I had to take to get here, I don’t regret any of them,’ she says.
The above image was taken in December
On her Instagram account, Strauss (seen above in a photo taken in early March) is seen having fun with her girlfriend and living it up. At age 32, she is living in Austin, Texas, and working for a rehab center
‘It’s a huge miracle to still be breathing after what I was up to and I’m so grateful. Whatever path and twists and turns I had to take to get here, I don’t regret any of them.’
She has been three years sober from her addiction to methamphetamine, and it shows on her Instagram account.
Strauss is seen having fun with her girlfriend and living it up.
At age 32, she is living in Austin, Texas, and working for a rehab center, according to Too Fab.
Before and after: Strauss, a former contestant on America’s Next Top Model (seen on the left in 2007) spent six years struggling with drug addiction since she left the show. The photo on the right is taken from her appearance on Dr. Phil in September 2012
America’s Next top Model: At 22, Stauss was an aspiring model and a finalist in the eighth season of the show. The photo above was taken during her stint on the show in 2007
It is a dramatic turnaround for a woman who at one time was a homeless meth addict who her family said was very close to dying.
In September 2012, in what they say was a last ditch effort to reach out to their daughter, the family enlisted the help of Dr Phil.
However on the episode, ‘the full blown meth addict’ resisted all help.
With Ms Strauss living on the streets, Dr. Phil her brother, Brandon, and mother, Debbie, went to her hometown with the hope of finding her.
Reluctantly, she agreed to travel to Los Angeles to see Dr. Phil.
However, after she is seen physically resisting being placed on the Dr. Phil stage, she then ran away, out onto the Paramount lot.
Dr. Phil follows her, and makes a point of noting: ‘This is the first time in ten years I’ve come out here, [and it’s] to talk to you.’
Strauss, who called herself ‘well-rounded’ while on the show, also had her fair share of struggles prior to her appearance on Dr. Phil.
A few episodes into the 2007 America’s next Top Model season, she had to deal with a friend’s death from an overdose.
While she decided to remain on the show, saying in an interview, ‘There was never, never a question in my mind to leave the competition. My friend is gone and I am still here living life to the fullest,’ she chose to dedicate her picture that week to her dead friend.
Then, that same year, she sued over the release of erotic photos taken of when she was 16.
Her family adds that while experiencing her friend’s overdose ‘really shook her’, she herself could not keep away from drugs.
A habit they say has taken its toll both mentally and physically, including rotting her teeth and leaving her body covered in sores.