F/V Saga Captain Elliot Neese was not visible in Season 12 of Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” this due to the fact that he underwent treatment in a rehabilitation facility. After rehabilitation, Neese stated that he is undergoing Ibogaine treatment and will be ready to come back together with the rest of the captains to challenge the Bering Sea in the show’s next season.
Neese explained that he needed to get well and recover from his substance abuse that triggered his mood swings and even to the point of personally arguing members of his crew in show’s Season 11 back in 2015. Neese narrated that he has already finished a 60-day treatment from a center in Malibu and since have been undergoing treatment using Ibogaine, which is an isolated active alkaloid from the root bark of the central West African shrub Tabernanthe Iboga . It has been used for thousands of years for spiritual development and as a rite of passage into adulthood. Its properties as a treatment to stop opiate withdrawal were unknown until the late 1960’s.
“I won’t be on this season because of what I have to do to get better. I will be on a time or two, but not all season. I’m going to talk to Discovery about getting on season 13, but I want them to tell my side of the story,” Neese said.
Neese stated that he is trying to patch things with his dad and that he hopes that things will be fine now that he is getting well. He adds that Season 11 did not end so well with him that it also affected his relationship with his father, he vows to mend ways with him and also to be a responsible father to his kids.
“We aren’t seeing eye-to-eye on a lot of things,” the captain said, adding, “It’s kind of a sad deal. He was disappointed in me after last year and how I handled things. We’re working on it, though…Also, I keep in touch with my kids every day. I talk to them a lot. Things are good there,” Neese explains.
Aside from taking on the road to recovery, Neese also found a new love during his time at the treatment center in Malibu. He adds that he and his new girlfriend are doing well, they live in Chicago with plans to move to Hawaii once he finishes with his treatment.
“You mean the hot blonde? Oh, yeah… things are great. I’m really happy. We live in Chicago and have plans to travel to Panama to fish and surf… then go to Fiji…I live in Chicago with my girlfriend and we have some plans to move to Hawaii when all of this is done,” Neese added.
Neese hopes to finish his treatment with a positive note to be able to join the rest of the fleet in the “Deadliest Catch” and be able to do what he really love – catching all the King Crabs found in the heart of the Bering Seas.
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