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Episode 193: Matthew

Season 14, Episode 9


Age: 22
Location: Milford, Ohio
Addiction: Inhalants (keyboard duster)

What’s memorable:  This guy will haunt my dreams, and not even because of the demon-posessed voice and psychotic behavior he exhibits when he takes a hit. It’s the absolute vacancy in his eyes at all times. When he’s high, when he’s being interviewed, when he’s been clean for 90 days. He speaks in eerie monotone and stares at the camera without blinking.  There seems to be no one behind the eyes, but I know that’s not true, there’s always someone in there. I truly hope that the real Matthew appears behind his eyes at some point soon.

Official Synopsis: A difficult relationship with his parents led Matthew to experiment with drugs. But when a drug test came back positive, he lost custody of his son and went from part-time user to full-blown addict. Now, angry and threatening, Matthew huffs 10 cans of computer duster a day. His family fears that every breath of duster he takes could be his last.

Original Air Date: July 2015
Interventionist: Jeff

Categories: Childhood Physical Abuse, Inhalants, Jeff, Most Mentally Compromised Addicts, Season 14


43 Responses to “Episode 193: Matthew”

  1. When I saw the preview for this episode I thought they had used some effects on his voice to make it sound more “Demonic.” But no, that’s really his voice!! I am a recovering addict and an alcoholic myself but I honestly have a hard time understanding the appeal of the computer duster. I do hope he is doing better.

    Posted by Melissa Rose | August 5, 2015, 4:30 pm
  2. My brother has schizophrenia and he has that same empty stare and talks in a different yet equally creepy demonic voice when he’s not on his meds. He can be quite violent and terrifying. Matthew reminds me a lot of my brother. Except my brother is an alcoholic and can chug vodka like its water. It is possible Matthew has other issues that need attention or is being over medicated after the 90 days.

    Posted by Nicole | August 13, 2015, 8:47 am
  3. My brother has schizophrenia, too, and the emotional flatness that Matthew displays is exactly the same as his. My brother also dabbled in drugs and who knows how that made his illness worse, but it was chilling to watch Matthew. I wonder if his family is aware of it and I hope he gets help, if possible.

    Posted by Jennifer | August 14, 2015, 5:13 pm
  4. This is one of the worst cases of enabling I have seen on this show. Mom giving him 40 dollar a day for duster, all the cans in his room. If they didn’t do that maybe he could have stopped using earlier. I would have been afraid to live with him he was so scary when high. I can’t imagine what that stuff does to your brain. I hope he improves for his son.

    Posted by Dooney | August 29, 2015, 12:11 pm
  5. When he got sober his unchanged flat “affect” was somewhat disturbing, as well as his coldness towards Jeff. Jeff attributed that to brain impairment due to all the huffing (not sure if he meant this to be a temporary or permanent condition). Most of the in-rehab or post-rehab interviews of the addicts shows them displaying some sort of enthusiasm or optimism, but Matthew made me wonder about his future.

    Posted by W. Wheatley | August 30, 2015, 7:20 pm
  6. Holy shit this guy scares the hell out of me. I can’t tell if he’s partially just playing up th crazy for the camera, but either way…. I hope he’s wells but damn. Duster addiction is beyond mind boggling.

    Posted by Bsuz79 | January 20, 2016, 12:59 pm
  7. Wasn’t his episode with the girl Olivia who did herion and meth??

    Posted by brooke | January 21, 2016, 11:05 pm
  8. First time commenter, long time follower! Dizzy I absolutely adore this website. You are doing a fantastic job. It’s almost a if this site is a support group as well as a fan page. Matthew made me so uncomfortable watching this episode. I almost feel like he should have the “most mentally compromised” tag on him as well. Keep up the great work Diz!!!

    Posted by Jules | March 19, 2016, 4:42 pm
  9. yes i agree this episode was very disturbing. the poor man was messaed up by his parents’ disfunctional relationship, i am in fact positive there is more to that dysfunction than is quickly skimmed over in the episode.

    anyone thought it strange that they sent over the interventionist to the rehab clinic? usually they just do facetime or something now. it’s like they wanted to make sure he was ok in person, and then justify his flat affect. i call it out as total bs the way the interventionist defended hsi flat affect as being a normal part of the recovery process. that’s total bs. not true. sure you can be disconnected from your emotions, but more than enything your are MORE emotional than before recovery, there are ups and downs and these are very intense, once stablized, you become more “flatlined'”. but this in this man is just abnormal.

    there is an emptiness there which i am sure comes from the dysfunction in his family. the father has these creepy abuser type eyes. it’s sad that i can even identify this. when you’ve been aruond these types of people you just know.

    i feel so distrubred by this episode. gosh i just want to do somethign about it. and it’s so frustrating to think i can’t, and even if i could, it would probably just mean i have a probelm too or something.

    i really hope this guy gets better. he’s not even bad looking. at least he hsa a passion for his child, which he stressed at the end was his main concern… being able to be independent (probably to gain custody of his child). i hope his ambitious nature is fruitful.

    oh one more thing (sorry my typing sucks, i used to be such a great writer, REALLY!, all my teachers said so, now i write so badly, i htink it’s because i’m on suboxone and i hate this crap so much it dulls my emotions totally and I am doing a slow taper)… anyways one more thing, this man lives in a highly religious family. you can tell he is a total atheist, i used to have bf like that, he stuck out os bad.

    i wish all the best for this man and his family

    Posted by Dhalia | May 14, 2016, 1:18 pm
  10. He is now in jail in clermont county. He looks like he is worse than ever.

    Posted by James | August 17, 2016, 8:09 pm
  11. Dude post a link to the record. I love this guy! He reminds me of some of the guys in college.

    Posted by jason summers | December 17, 2016, 11:13 am
  12. Still nothing on Olivia on here 8(

    Posted by Steve | April 22, 2017, 11:33 pm
  13. Saw the rerun of this episode last night on Viceland. Yikes. I feel like he could be a fun enough dude to hang around with, but it was impossible to get a read on him when he was so far gone mentally throughout the whole episode. Hopefully he gets himself straightened out, if only for the sake of his kid.

    PS: I feel horrible about saying this, but I couldn’t help but snicker at his dad’s “nobody fixes that many computers” line.

    Posted by Kei | August 2, 2017, 8:46 pm
  14. I am aunt Laurie and I would like to clear up a few untrue statements made here:
    Matthew was put in jail in Clermont County immediately after his return from rehab because of the accident you observed on the show. In clermont county, once you have an offense you are a target since it is a relatively docile community. Hence multiple incarcerations for behaviors largely ignored in the next county – Hamilton.
    Matthew is doing quite well now, looks you in the eye, works hard at the same job since he returned from rehab and has such a great relationship with his now 4 year old son he runs to the door to be lifted for a hug. Despite the fact that the jail time made him miss another birthday with his son and interrupted his much needed aftercare. Jail really is not an acceptable alternative.
    My brother was not a physically abusive parent. His daughter survived the relationship troubles most marriages have and is a successful professional with a masters degree. Both she and my brother graduated from prestigious universities. Kids with problems often focus blame for their actions on someone other than themselves

    Posted by Laurie | October 12, 2017, 8:05 pm
    • Thank you for the update Laurie! So happy David is doing well. I’m a paramedic and have seen many people addicted to duster, with the same flat affect and “empty eyes” as David. I’m relieved to know he’s made some improvement. I have so much admiration in your family’s strength and obvious love for him. Prayers and good thoughts to all of you, stay strong!

      Posted by Missy38 | October 18, 2017, 10:19 pm
    • Hi Laurie,
      I teach abuse prevention in Korea and have watched the YouTube video about Matthew I with great interest.
      I would love to get a recent update from you on Matthew’s progress if that’s possible, particularly as it relates to his family relationships.
      I was particularly impressed with you in the documentary.

      Posted by Anthony | January 21, 2019, 9:00 pm
  15. Thank you for clearing that up. People love to gossip. I for one hope your nephew, Matthew is a good healthy place.

    Posted by Tina | January 15, 2018, 4:09 pm
  16. Thank you Laurie for the update. Some people online unfortunately have nothing better to do than talk out of their asses and troll. I wish Matthew to continue doing well in his recovery.

    Posted by Hector | January 31, 2018, 8:05 pm
    • This guy is weird: straight or sober. His flat affect didn’t change at all after he got sober. He just seems like he’s bored with life! I got sober a year and a half ago and
      3 mos is plenty of time to clear your head for the most
      Part. I think this is just his personality, or lack of one!

      Posted by Lori goodman | February 16, 2018, 11:36 pm
  17. This guy is just plain weird!

    Posted by Scot hodson | February 17, 2018, 1:55 am
  18. Also his monotone voice and general weirdness
    was not from drug use. I think it is who he is!

    Posted by Scot hodson | February 17, 2018, 1:59 am
  19. Sounds like Aunt Laurie is defending Mathew for that accident he had on the show! That idiot deserved jail
    time! He’s lucky he didn’t kill someone!

    Posted by Scot hodson | February 17, 2018, 2:02 am
  20. He creeped the hell out of me. Can’t remember who he was living with, his aunt I believe, and attacking her about her not letting him use her phone.

    Posted by Toreigh | September 6, 2018, 7:34 pm
  21. I do wonder if he has some form of dissociative identity disorder. The blankness, the personality changes shifting through one body… something seems like that. I hope he is okay, wherever he is.

    Posted by Mouse | September 14, 2018, 6:58 pm
  22. this guy is just weird. ugh.

    Posted by Brooke | June 24, 2019, 10:14 am
  23. It was a disturbing episode. many people with mental illness self medicate with addictive substances in an effort to dull the pain, stop the voices, etc. Perhaps as someone else said there is more going on here than just substance abuse. I think of my own children and am grateful that our family has so far been spared this kind of tragedy. The chemicals this young man has ingested will forever change his physiology. The effects on his brain and neurological functions are severe and most likely lifelong. I hope he and his family can find some peace in the future and that his son’s childhood is filled with love, guidance, support and healthy parenting.

    Posted by Mary Smith | August 11, 2019, 8:58 am
  24. I wonder where he is now. This is something I found in the net https://cheaterland.com/matthew-nathan-hyre-2.html Not doing well at least going by that post..

    Posted by Jeanette | August 23, 2020, 5:25 am

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