Jael Strauss finished fifth on Cycle 8 of America's Next Top Model, remaining in the competition despite a close friend dying of a drug overdose during filming.
Now, five years later, the former beauty has fallen prey to the world of illicit substances herself.
Strauss was featured on an episode of Dr. Phil yesterday, as the talk show attempted to stage an intervention for the troubled addict. Watch a dramatic promo for the appearance below and then check out what former ANTM champion Caridee English has to say about Strauss and Tyra Banks...
Speaking to Gawker, English puts some of the blame for Strauss' fall on Banks and other show producers.
"They should have evaluated her a lot more before letting her on the show," Caridee says. "All they saw was a personality good for television."
And after leaving the show? After helping to drive ratings to it and, of course, line Tyra's pockets with cash? English says contestants receive no guidance of any kind from Banks.
"Tyra won't do anything [for Jael]. She provided a wonderful platform for girls to have a chance at their dream, but after there is no "Tyra Mail." I had to guide myself, and even though I won a model competition I still had no idea what the modeling BUSINESS was like. I had no idea what the industry was really like. I was famous, but no one wanted to take my picture."
Look for the craziness to be ratcheted up even more next week on Dr. Phil when Dina Lohan stops by for an interview.