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Episode 180: Nick

Season 12, Episode 14


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


86 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
    • I heard nick died. What’s the buzz on that? Tell me what’s happening.

      Posted by Awshwin | October 28, 2019, 12:20 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
  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
  33. Wowww that video. I don’t even know what to think. He’s emotional, but strangely erudite? Someone help him, ffs.

    Posted by Artemisia | April 18, 2018, 9:31 am
  34. “Nick’s severe, pervasive antisocial personality disorder likely renders his addiction unfixable.”

    Read this on another website about him. I think they are probably right….from the way it looks presently with him.

    Posted by kitty katt | April 21, 2018, 11:03 pm
  35. Wow. If you look at his FB pics, he was doing great and got in shape in 2015/16. And then there is that video and he looks like a completely different person.

    Posted by William | May 16, 2018, 8:15 am
  36. Just looked at his profile and surprised to see he and I have mutual friends. He looks like he is doing a little better now than back in December and has started a new job in Albuquerque. I wish the best for him but I think his bottom may be death if he doesn’t get some serious treatment for his underlying psychological disorder. People here may feel disgust with him at his behavior but he can’t necessarily help how he is. All he can do is work at being better. Unfortunately this will be a lifetime of work and pain he may never see relief from. I had a brother who suffered bipolar disorder and started self medicating as a teenager. He was an incredibly intelligent person who made the wrong choices. His addiction and suffering tormented and destroyed my mom who ended up having to bury her first born (her pain caused her to take it out on me her youngest being the only one left in the house). Unfortunately the bottom for him led to his suicide. Lets hope Nick is able to break his cycle of addiction and know he has more to offer the world even though he may not feel that way.

    Posted by Erika | July 24, 2018, 9:01 am
  37. Wow the video. Hard to watch. I agree the coexistence of the manipulative and bizarre things he says and lack of accountability and just the undertone of thinking back to yup that’s the nick I remember stabbing himself so that he could get morphine at The ER, that’s nick alright qualities still very evident in the video, like is the video a cannabis ad, a long shot to medical professionals to give him something, long shot for strangers or fans to send money. So many questions. But who knows how much is that nick and how much is it someone who is obviously very sick and in excruciating emotional and physical pain. Bc I don’t feel that the whole thing is bullshit, you can’t fake many of what is in that video. Despite it all Nick still deserves help and I still truly pray for the best for him and for him to somehow be saved, although I agree he looks like he is in his end state. Unbelievablely hard video to watch, and it’s still heartbreaking no matter what. He was such a good looking young man. And it’s just very painful. Thoughts and prayers and love nick even if you did say they don’t do anything

    Posted by JP | August 24, 2018, 1:58 pm
    • Hey JP thanks for your time. And sure you could call it a cannabis ad if you want. But an AD would be something you made money from . Correct? I sure AF will not promote pharmaceuticals of any kind. And you are right. I am healing. I was VERY VERY sick. I am STILL mentally ill and always will be. I have nothing to hide. I want to show ppl that I am human and just because I deal with mental illness doesn’t mean I am ANY LESS of a person. . I just don’t want ppl to go down the road I have. A very dark one. But I don’t guve up. Ever. I’ll fail my waynto the top.

      Posted by Nick. Yes, Nick from Intervention. | June 4, 2019, 11:03 am
  38. I’ve seen Nick’s episode several times and it’s on A&E again today. I checked his FB and he actually looks pretty good: https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004332737082&fref=nf

    He definitely lives a hard life and he’s seen his share of failure (he and his girlfriend moved to Florida to try to start a new life and it ended badly). It’s good to see him looking healthy; he looks sober and from the things she posts, it looks like his gf is a recovering addict as well so I hope it works out for both of them.

    Posted by Duchess | September 4, 2018, 1:35 pm
  39. I hope Nick is doing better now. Does anyone know how Crystal is now?

    Posted by Spessie | September 16, 2018, 4:21 pm
  40. This guy is all over his facebook multiple times a day currently. He is all about cannabis as an exit drug (which I’m all for) but something about his approach is very manic and con-manish. He seems like a desperate person still. He posts a ton of videos of himself including one from today where he is sobbing crocodile tears about losing friends due to drug lifestyle…I empathize with that and support anyone quitting opiates for weed….but he still has the same scammer vibes. And dateline eyes.

    Posted by margaret | March 7, 2019, 7:40 pm
    • I think Nick knows exactly what do to to elicit the responses he wants from people who can’t see past his game. There certainly aren’t a lot of actual tears in these videos, just a lot of self pity and “me versus the world” blaming.

      Posted by Eliza | March 18, 2019, 10:19 am
  41. So creeping through Nicks Facebook he seems to have it all together, and has become an advocate for the use of cannibis as an alternative to his heroin addiction. There was a particular video where he rants about having hernia surgery and requesting no additional opiates or pain medications afterwards and the doctor giving him a prescription for dilaudid anyways. He even went as far to say that he was never given a paper prescription he could just rip up and they had it ready at Walgreens. This bothered me for a few reasons. 1. Even if they didn’t give him a paper prescription when he went to the pharmacy he could have refused to pick up that particular prescription, but he picked it up and filled it anyways. 2. The bottle he shows isn’t even in his name, it is under the name of ‘Jerry or Terry’ I sincerely hope this was just an attempt to further his cannibis agenda and not something he can look back on later and say “well, that’s why I relapsed the doctors didn’t listen” cause it certainly seems like he has someone else in the family’s prescription for this video. I’m

    Posted by Lu | April 14, 2019, 7:08 am
    • I also hope he picked it up to prove a point, I was wondering the same thing myself. Couldn’t he just have chosen to not pick the drug up? I really hope he is sober and doing well, but I’m starting to think (based on his current social media presence) that he might just be kinda scummy and knows how to play the victim very well, sober or not. Like he seems like a good guy with good intentions but his ranting and complaining videos, there are more on his Instagram, really make him look like the kind of guy who’s always out looking for what’s owed to him or some sort of hand out or freeby in any situation. Like I’m so happy for him if he is sober, but I dont think he is a guy worth looking up to.

      Posted by Linds | May 9, 2019, 7:12 am
  42. He posted on Facebook about a week ago saying he is engaged.

    Posted by Andy | April 28, 2019, 12:49 pm
  43. Just saw his IG account- 420 the exit drug, if anyone is interested. Wishing him & his family well.

    Posted by Liss | August 25, 2019, 8:50 am
    • YAY! It has always bothered me how Intervention portrays marijuana as just as bad as heroin, meth, alcohol, etc….I remember one of the intervention subjects completely got off pills and alcohol but they made sure to say she “relapsed on marijuana” on her update….really infuriating how they tried to act like using cannabis lessened her incredible recovery.

      Posted by Meg | February 10, 2020, 7:13 am
  44. I jus finished messaging him on messenger. I believe it’s him

    Posted by Sally | September 12, 2019, 5:45 pm
  45. Only update I’ve found but his IG is down –

    Posted by JamesB. | March 25, 2020, 9:03 am
  46. i think this is him @j_nick_carter and his fiance @manduhmermaid

    Posted by KH | April 21, 2020, 3:44 pm
  47. I hope he is doing well. I found his IG @chronically_nick. He seems to talk about his mistakes and how he is trying to do/be better although doesn’t seem entirely sober but is off heroin which is great news. He was posting regularly and now hasn’t in over 2 months, hope that’s not bad news. I was really drawn to his episode–you can see the charisma he has on his IG–the kind you’re born with and can’t be taught. I assume that’s what his dad sees as well. Truly a gift.

    Posted by Kat | November 27, 2020, 12:03 pm

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