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Will "Deadliest Catch" Captain Elliott grab moment of clarity in rehab?

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Watching Elliott last night on Discovery Channel’s "Deadliest Catch" was painful; probably more painful for those who have had to go thru the experience of having a loved one self-destruct right in front of them. But, again, it made it clear: If Elliott is ever to be a captain of a crab boat, that day is far in the future; it is certainly not today.

It should not be a surprise to anyone watching the show that Elliott is going down this path. He has been showing his self-destructive nature since he came on the show. From smart-mouthing other fishermen to obsessively phoning his girlfriend, Val, nothing about Elliott has been in the realm of “normal”--at least, not endearing--since he came onto "Deadliest Catch." Before that? Who knows, but his dad plainly said that he and Elliott’s mom had worried about him for years, and Elliott himself painted a picture of drug abuse that goes back for a great many years in his life.

There are two ways to look at it: With a negative eye or a hopeful heart. The negative eye will look at him driving to rehab, ironically complaining that he does not want to have drugs put in his system in treatment, and calling his dad, pointing out that he doesn’t really have a problem--after all, he only used heroin twice in the last month or so. The hopeful heart will look at all that, realize it is most likely the words and sentiments of a drug-addict speaking, and focus on the fact that, ultimately, Elliott chose to enter the rehab facility under his own free will.

Why not choose to look at the latter?

With any addiction, one has to be ready to overcome it before it has a chance of happening; Edgar Hansen is a good example, and made it clear that until that moment of clarity comes, a person will just keep doing what he is doing. Did Elliott have that moment of clarity outside of that rehab center in New Mexico? Who knows? Only Elliott knows. Will he be able to make the change? Hopefully yes; only time will tell. But, annoying as Elliott has been, hopefully fans will cheer him on and support his recovery; there is no reason to kick a man while he is down--and, let’s hope, trying to get back up on his feet.

Good luck, Elliott; seize that moment of clarity and make it happen.

“Deadliest Catch” airs on Discovery Channel on Tuesday nights at 9/8c.

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