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Episode 180: Nick


Age: 23
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Addiction: Heroin
What’s memorable: The nasty abcesses and infections, stabbing himself in the gut so he could go to the hospital and get drugs, going once a week to the very sketchy Juarez, Mexico to smuggle heroin over the border (via butt). And this girlfriend of his, Crystal, ironically a drug and alcohol counselor, who completely takes care of him like a mother and enables him to stay an addict. And now she’s addicted to heroin too! What a flippin disaster. She must be a really terrible drug counselor. And that freak out session on the plane to treatment? Holy crap, what a brat.

Official Synopsis: Nick, 23, uses his business talents to deal in heroin rather than business. Once the apple of his father’s eye and destined to carry on his successful business practices, Nick’s early rule-breaking and experimentation in drugs landed him as the black sheep of the family. Now abandoned by his family, Nick lives in a heroin daze, crossing the border into Mexico to get his next fix.

Original Air Date: November 2012
Interventionist: Seth

Categories: Heroin, Season 12, Seth


61 Responses to “Episode 180: Nick”

  1. Very moving episode. The actual intervention of this episode was a serious tear-jerker. Nick derailed, big-time, early-on–and it seems he fell into that classic pattern with his parents (especially his father) of “You already think I’m a fuck-up… so watch THIS!” That’s an awfully difficult thing to climb out of–and then add some heroin to the mix…not to mention his drug-counselor-turned-co-junkie girlfriend! What a disaster! I really did relate to Nick, somehow…and even though his behavior throughout is selfish, irrational and obnoxious, I really hope he’s found his way to the right path. He seems like a good person–a good person who made some horrifically bad life choices.

    Posted by Gregory Moore | October 7, 2014, 6:12 pm
    • I am really interested in finding out how Nick on episode 180 is doing. I was so drawn into him and I really want to know how he is now. Its a shame we can’t find these people on facebook so that we can give them support.

      Posted by Christy Palmiter | October 7, 2014, 8:58 pm
      • I concur completely. So much of this story spoke to the promise and capabilities of people with serious addictions, torn asunder by the inevitable draw of that next high. This one was particularly twisted in the way you could observe first hand a person who seemed on the surface somewhat committed to recovery while deep down the beast is alive and lurking ready to devour them. That he was able to draw in his recovery specialist/girlfriend (!) and the counselor assigned to him at treatment felt he was regularly lying about his commitment did not show good signs of success. I really want to know anything there is to know about each of them going forward, if there has even been a going forward to begin with. After the “car accident” sending him to the hospital with a prescription for morphine, I fear the absolute worst.

        Pray for both of them and that they can wrestle their inner demons to the point of finding peace, because we all deserve it when we choose to embrace it. Good luck, Nick and Crystal.

        Posted by William Mourgos | May 1, 2015, 9:26 pm
      • I actually know Nick, & you’ll be happy to know he’s been sober for 5 years now & has an excellent job:)

        Posted by Casey | November 27, 2015, 12:52 pm
      • I just left rehab in November and Nick was there. He acted very aggressive more than once and also had to be hospitalized several times for seizures

        Posted by Ashley | January 13, 2016, 5:44 pm
      • Ashley – was Nick still with Crystal at the time you were in rehab together? I hope they are both doing better. I could really relate to Crystal because I had a BF very similar to Nick and it was hard to watch this episode because of that. Heroin eventually tore us apart, but I will always care about him even though he really hurt me. I hope both of them are doing well!

        Posted by Nicole | April 26, 2016, 7:37 am
      • I actually was fortunate enough to meet Nick while I was in rehab in 2015. He was doing good; involved in the community, NA and doing service work!! Nick was actually one of the first people I met my first night and sat for hours talking to me. At the time I had no clue who he was. Then we had a class one day where we sat and watched that exact episode of intervention. After we were asked how it made us feel & our thoughts. After a few spoke, Nick stood up from the back and walked up,to the front and owned his actions!!! Sat and answered questions. He is a beautiful soul!!! And from what I have seen, is still doing wonderful.

        Posted by Kay | August 10, 2017, 6:34 pm
  2. Ugh , this guy ! Anybody living in a border state knows Juarez is Hell on Earth ( Watch the documentary Narco Cultura ) and know how deadly that trip is . This young man’s addiction was near the bottom .
    In the follow up the Drug and Alcohol Counselor girlfriend , Crystal, did take him back . They were happily living together and “said” they were sober . I want to believe that but just don’t . She admitted she had an issue with low self esteem with men and this young man is not healthy for any woman , especially with those issues . I saw her as his replacement for his mom .
    Unless they really are sober , on Methadone treatment or other I see the trips to Juarez keeping on . If that’s the case one or both will be killed . That is how horrifying Juarez is .
    I noticed there was no mention in the follow up about her still being a Drug and Alcohol Counselor which made me wonder if she lost her job after the show . New Mexico is not a largely populated state . It’s people live on the reservations or in areas of little towns close to others and a few large cities so somebody would have recognized her . The addiction they will work with ,but dating a severe addict that you are helping traffic drugs into this country for or a client who you have treated will lose you your license to practice in most states . Not to be mean but until she can help herself how can she help others .

    Posted by marcy lily | October 9, 2014, 10:10 pm
    • Nearly every addiction specialist has some experience with a personal substance abuse problem themselves. If this was inherently disqualifying, there would literally be no addiction specialists anywhere.

      Posted by William Mourgos | May 1, 2015, 9:39 pm
  3. Is there any information regarding how Nick and Crystal are doing? There are so many parts of their story which personally move me, despite never having any sort of heroin addiction myself or to any form of opiate, for that matter. I was simply touched by his description of the attraction of addictive highs in general, and his relationship with Crystal bore some personally chilling resemblances to a relationship I recently ended for fear that I was dragging her down with me.

    The final scene of the show indicated he was already in relapse by virtue of a car accident sending him to the hospital where he was prescribed morphine, and he ended up returning for a refill after the pain became too much. I fear the worst, but want to hope for the best. Anyone with any continuing information on their story please comment. I wish Nick and Crystal all the best in recovery, together or separated.

    Posted by William Mourgos | May 1, 2015, 9:19 pm
  4. Watching this one again. I think crystal only used because she knew intervention would get her treatment. She is being manipulated but she is so obviously a manipulator.

    Posted by renee872 | August 27, 2015, 4:45 pm
  5. This was the best intervention I have seen. I really liked Nick and Chrystal and wish the best for them.

    Posted by Liz Luck | December 1, 2015, 11:31 pm
  6. How they doing ? I am watching it in Italian and hope they doing well … Hope yhe best for them !

    Posted by William | March 26, 2016, 5:34 am
  7. Nick and crystal have a baby together.. Crystal has stayed sober… Nick has been in and out of rehabs but most recently is sober. This is what I heard through good friends .

    Posted by E | May 3, 2016, 4:17 am
  8. This episode has stuck with me & I’ve wondered how Nick is doing though I’ve feared the worst after his relapse with the morphine prescription after his accident.

    Posted by Christy A | June 15, 2016, 8:11 pm
  9. nick started dating someone close to me. he still smoked pot often and sometimes too often it was always “my back hurts and i need it.” or “i hurt my knee today.” weed turned to wax cause the weed wasn’t strong enough. Then he hurt his back again and needed to go to the ER. The close person then had to lie and say he didn’t accept the prescription pills when he actually did. He still looks like the definition of an addict. When he was trying to find more pot he got very frigidity and weird. He was successful in getting my close person to lie for him just like crystal. No longer friends with his girlfriend and do not trust him.

    Posted by Amanda | October 13, 2016, 11:11 am
  10. Good Luck Nick! Wishing you strength and success!

    Posted by Melissa S Brown | December 13, 2016, 10:05 am
  11. Nick is still using I see him about once a week in FL.

    Posted by CF | February 7, 2017, 8:06 am
  12. I’ve worked with addicts for years and nick and crystal both totally grossed me out. Nick was a master manipulator and crystal was a pathetic predator. I seriously hope these two got away from one another.

    Posted by Angela | February 7, 2017, 3:45 pm
  13. Everyone said a completelydifferent follow up in this chat that “knows” him …a little upsetting..would be so nice to get a real follow up on him and her

    Posted by Tonianne | February 14, 2017, 9:40 pm
    • I feel the same way.
      No matter what I hope he and Crystal are doing well. Probably for the best of they aren’t together. I also hope his family is doing well. They love him so much, and you can tell he loves them too.

      Posted by Melissa | February 21, 2017, 9:38 pm
  14. I found nicks FB page, found his family,,, he’s a personal trainer,,,,,he looks very much alive and well

    Posted by Randy | March 19, 2017, 7:42 pm
    • He is no longer a trainer and he is not doing well. And we all know, FB is not a place to determine how someone is doing… I’ll continue to wish him well. His struggles go deeper then what is known.

      Posted by C | March 28, 2017, 7:07 am
  15. As a recovering addict for 7 years I watch intervention religiously. I have to say I concur with the man that was his case manager at the Florida rehabilitation that he had a salesman quality to him- I usually get emotional watching every episode except this one. The smugness and the way he interacted with his family made me feel that he probably would have to truly hit bottom to get help and he definitely hasn’t hit bottom. I had zero empathy for him and it bothered me that I didn’t have some feelings about him. I do know people like him in program and I refuse to sponsor them.
    I hope one day he sees the light.

    Posted by Saved by N.A. | March 22, 2017, 5:54 pm
  16. How much older was crystal than nick?

    Posted by Crystal | June 19, 2017, 5:23 pm
  17. God Bless all addicts in Recovery and especially those sick and suffering addicts that haven’t heard the message of Recovery yet , I hope they hear it soon …!!!! Hey Nick if minor tokd you they love you today , I love you bro . Good luck to you & Crystal …!!!!

    Posted by Rob D. | August 7, 2017, 1:46 pm
    • Absolutely it’s so easy for people to forget where they came from or are keyboard assassins being judgemental!! If you haven’t been there you will never truly understand and people say a million different things to judge you not motivate you to continue this battle everyday and it is a battle. Yes I put the drugs down and been sober 7 years Aug 12th but there are times it creeps in but I know I cant romance the high and I have to pick up the phone and call or go to a meeting. Its a lot harder to stay sober than to get high and block out the pain… and unfortunately that’s just the addicts nature. I pray Nick & Crystal are doing well

      Posted by A FRIEND OF BILL | August 12, 2017, 1:09 pm
  18. I pray Nick and Crystal are sober and doing well. Does anyone have real recent info on them?

    Posted by S | September 1, 2017, 5:25 pm
  19. Nick struck me as having sociopathic qualities. Addiction can drive good people to lie, cheat, steal and manipulate, but it felt different with Nick. More fundamental and inherent. Like his addiction might flow from the impulsivie and self interested nature of his character rather than his flawed character flowing temporarily from his addiction. Crystal’s low self esteem makes her malleable to the point that I think she’s capable of some really bad choices. I always hope for happy endings, but this is the first Intervention I can recall where I found the addicts fundamentally unlikable irrespective of the state of their sobriety. I would step far around these people in real life,

    Posted by JustMe | September 3, 2017, 1:48 pm
  20. I really hate to say this but I have very little to no sympathy for Nick. He reminds me of Alexandra from the Dr. Phil Family, and not in a good way. And worse, he got his “GF” addicted. I really hope for the best for him now but I honestly don’t believe he’ll be the type to want help. That’s my opinion.

    Feel free to, however, debate this post if you think I’m wrong. I could be.

    Posted by Timothy Chen | September 20, 2017, 8:00 pm
    • I disagree with your comment that Nick “got his GF addicted.” Crystal chose to use; Nick didn’t force her. Her disease; her responsibility to deal with it.

      Posted by Elizabeth | January 3, 2018, 4:48 pm
      • Well, still. He was a contributing factor for why Crystal got addicted. She was in a very unhealthy environment when she started to date Nick. Yes I do agree she needs to take accountability as well though.

        But, I do have a change of heart towards Nick after watching that video he posted on FB. I hope he can get the help he needs and I hope he can stay strong.

        Posted by Timothy Chen | January 3, 2018, 9:11 pm
  21. How is he doing? He’s so cute. It’s sad drugs has that much control of someone.

    Posted by Mandy | October 11, 2017, 10:42 am
  22. Nick seems like he has Narcissistic Personality Disorder

    Posted by Lyssa | January 2, 2018, 5:32 pm
  23. He doesn’t look well at all….
    Here’s his Facebook:
    I’m not sure what’s going on, but he looks extremely gaunt in the recent video he posted. I have a feeling that it’s very likely that drugs and addiction have more to do with it than what he is saying in the video. In the comments, he apologizes to his dad for not making him proud.
    I don’t really know what to say or think, but I’m sure he’s in a lot of pain reguardless.

    Posted by Tazz | January 2, 2018, 7:53 pm
    • Wow, what a decline. He looked AMAZING before.

      Posted by Stefan | January 2, 2018, 11:31 pm
    • I just saw the video. I can honestly say he really does need help and support. I didn’t like him in the Intervention Episode, but I do feel for him at this current state. I really do hope he gets the help he needs. I honestly don’t want him to end up like Kim Jong-hyun. I really hope the best for him. Hopefully things work out better for him.

      Posted by Timothy Chen | January 3, 2018, 9:08 pm
    • Wow. He looks very sick. Judging from his appearance and mental state, I’d say his addiction is now end stage, and unless he gets help he won’t be around more than a few more weeks. If he doesn’t OD, then the pancreatitis will kill him.

      But there is hope. There have been other addicts profiled who were at death’s door when they were intervened on (e.g. Aimee from Intervention Canada, Kaila and Trent) who were able to recover and regain their health, so it’s not too late for Nick.

      However, his long-term recovery prospects are poor. Nick shows all the signs of being a sociopath. One of the hallmarks of a sociopath is their inability to acknowledge their own fallibility and take ownership of their problems, so Nick will have a very difficult time admitting he’s an addict and accepting responsibility for his behaviour.

      Posted by Janelle | January 4, 2018, 10:29 am
  24. Very well said. I actually wrote my comment before I got to watching the video. I kept stopping it because it was just hard to watch, really. In so many ways.
    My childhood was completely drenched in emotional abuse. I’m able to immediately and automatically pick up on those sociopathic-like undertones in his voice and body language. It’s uncomfortable for me to watch. Especially after hearing a completely different story than what was conveyed on the show.
    The substantial lack of accountability is life threatening for him at this point.
    You’re probably right, he looks like he’s on the homesteetch of losing his life.
    Like every one of us though, he deserves a happy and healthy life. I do hope he can commit to recovery before it’s too late for him.

    Posted by Tazz | January 4, 2018, 11:26 pm
  25. If you guys want to know how Nick is doing check this out…. not good obviously. He looks soooo sick https://www.facebook.com/100004332737082/videos/1027441960743552/

    Posted by Michella | January 6, 2018, 2:18 pm
    • Ultimately, only Nick can help Nick. It looks as if many people have reached out to him with offers of help. He knows what he needs to do.

      Posted by Z | January 15, 2018, 9:35 am
      • Z: I definitely agree with you on this one. Knowing the whole Kim Jong-hyun incident, I will have to sadly conclude that Nick is going to have to WANT the help he needs. But I’m sure he will accept help, he is ready now compared to back in the Intervention episode.

        Posted by Timothy Chen | January 15, 2018, 11:42 am
  26. How is she a predator? She simply reacted to his attention, women get it so hard. Nick IS the predator…I’m sure he would agree. Heroin took him and her down. They both look olDer because of it.

    Posted by Ttfn | January 7, 2018, 4:45 am
  27. Event hough this subject is out of place. I really want to thank the show for stepping in and helping addicts as they are fragile and not just lazy losers. I was an addict along time ago and I know how vulnerable they are. It’s like a baby being reintroduced to the world in a way. I was abused clean by my father. Therefore all my dreams of rehab work or good relationshipstuff CLEAN was diminished worst then the addict life. I learned horrible angery coping skills,emotional neglect and low self worth. I want this show to know they are very valuable and it’s amazing to watch people get proper help and most importantly love!!!

    Posted by Tott | January 8, 2018, 1:48 am
  28. Seth was awesome in this episode. That guy is so bad ass. I think I have developed a crush on him.

    Posted by Kim | January 13, 2018, 5:58 pm
  29. I wonder if it is possible to have intervention help him again?

    Posted by D | January 15, 2018, 11:56 am
    • I only remember that happening once – for Gamblin Gabe. It seems like it would go against the whole theme of holding bottom lines and letting the addict feel the consequences of his behavior to have the show step in and offer a second shot at help.

      Posted by Elizabeth | January 20, 2018, 9:59 pm
  30. I cried watched his Facebook video from December 31, 2017. His torment is excruciatingly painful. Nick if you are reading this I know you feel like you’re at the end of your rope but you are very much capable of climbing up and living a healthy happy life. Don’t give up!

    Posted by Hector | January 20, 2018, 8:34 pm
  31. I wish intervention would reach out to him and offer him another treatment stay. I know that wouldn’t be holding down bottom lines but it’s been 5 years and he looks terrible. Also with all the mental health issues he’s been having, I think he deserves another chance. Let’s hope someone reaches out to him before it’s too late.

    Posted by Andy | January 21, 2018, 6:42 pm
  32. Ikr who really cares who’s older I wish the for Nick and Crystal they’ve both struggled long and hard.prayers for both of you NICK AND CRYSTAL LOVE REBECCA

    Posted by Rebecca | February 26, 2018, 1:30 am

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