'Deadliest Catch' Star Nick McGlashan Gets Candid About Addiction, Overdoses

By Britni de la Cretaz 05/05/17

“My life went from Bering Sea badass to full-blown junkie very rapidly. Hidden from me was that passion I had for life.”

"Deadliest Catch" Deck Boss Nick McGlashan
"Deadliest Catch" Deck Boss Nick McGlashan Photo via YouTube

Deadliest Catch cast member Nick McGlashan is opening up about his struggle with addiction in an article written for Chosen Magazine titled “The Deadliest Disease.”

He says he was abusing vodka, heroin, and meth and overdosed three times before getting sober in September 2016, when he went to treatment.

“My life went from Bering Sea badass to full-blown junkie very rapidly. Hidden from me was that passion I had for life,” he writes. “Taken from me was my ability to live. I was at war with my addiction and it was winning.”

He goes on to say that his “mind, body, and spirit were so diseased” that he “welcomed [his] own death.” McGlashan is a deck boss on the Discovery Channel show, which he’s been a cast member on since 2013.

In a recent clip on the Discovery website, his addiction is alluded to, with the description that reads, "Unbeknownst to [Nick’s boss] Bill, Nick's been keeping a very serious secret lately.” McGlashan can be heard saying he had previously spent time in a hospital for “something,” but that he pulled his IVs out and left after being told his white blood cell count was concerning. McGlashan writes that his job as a Bering Sea Crabber is a dangerous one, with an injury rate of over 90%.

Many of you have asked what's wrong with nick. The tell all article is right here. #deadliestcatch #deckboss down. https://t.co/ff13gzGytq

— Nick McGlashan (@NickMcglashan) May 3, 2017

McGlashan is not the first Deadliest Catch cast member to speak publicly about their addiction. Former cast member Jake Harris confessed to his opiate addiction on-air during the series. He confessed to Dr. Drew in a 2011 interview that he used to abuse pills while at sea.

“To say I was lost would be an understatement," writes McGlashan. "I was broken and soulless. I was living without any hope of happiness. All I wanted was to stay loaded. Every bit of happiness stripped away by a powerful, cunning, and baffling disease.”

He says he believes a higher power saved his life, giving him the motivation to send a text message to someone saying he needed help. “On September 11th at 11:11 pm I walked through the doors of a treatment facility; scariest thing I've ever done, (but) also the best thing I've ever done,” he writes.

He says he stays sober by surrounding himself with like-minded people, living a 12-step program, going to meetings, and working with a sponsor.

“The greatest thing about my recovery is that I can change someone's life just by talking about my addiction and recovery. Being sober used to feel uncomfortable, it felt weird,” he writes. “I had been loaded for so long, sober scared me. I live a life that inspires. I don't live a life to inspire anymore.”

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Britni de la Cretaz is a freelance writer, baseball enthusiast, and recovered alcoholic living in Boston. Follow her on Twitter at @britnidlc.