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After the Show: Nathaniel

posted: 02/21/12
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27-year-old Nathaniel has been in an intimate relationship with Chase, his 1998 Chevy Monte Carlo, for nearly five years. Read on to find out how being featured on My Strange Addiction affected this relationship.
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What is the status of your addiction today?

I still want to be with Chase. Actually, I felt like we grew a little closer because of the show -- it was something we did together. It opened me up more and I felt more comfortable. I felt like I could express my love for him better than I had before.

Has your life changed since being on the show?

My life hasn't changed much since being on My Strange Addiction. Chase and I still do the same things we've done all along. I took him to the car wash the other day, got him cleaned up and vacuumed out. He really enjoyed it -- I can tell because I can feel his energy. He communicates with me. I talk to him and I feel an energy back from him. That's how he communicates with me.

Did therapy help you cope with your addiction?

Yes, therapy was very helpful. I felt like it opened my eyes. It made me more comfortable about myself and my feelings. Mainly, the therapist helped me to see more of who I am. I can identify with objectum sexuality as one of the sexual orientations.

I haven't been back to see the therapist because I've been busy, but I do want to go back. I would like to dig deeper and learn more about what started these feelings for Chase and where they came from.

How is your relationship with your dad and mom?

I don't talk much to my dad because we just don't have much in common. I would like to get to know my dad better and spend more time with him, but we live four hours apart and it's hard with work schedules. He said he would like to come up for the weekend at some point, so I'm looking forward to that.

My mom and I talk more openly. Things are going well with her.

How did people at work react when they found out about your strange addiction?

A few people at work have approached me about my relationship with Chase. They've told me not to let people harass me about it, and have offered their help.

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27-year-old Nathaniel has been in an intimate relationship with Chase, his 1998 Chevy Monte Carlo, for nearly five years. Read on to find out how being featured on My Strange Addiction affected this relationship.
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How is Chase doing?

Chase is in the shop right now. We were on the highway recently when I noticed his "check engine" light go on. Then, I noticed his temperature gauge was changing. When I tried starting him I started him again, he made a hideous noise. I called the wrecking service and they took Chase to the shop. Later, I found out Chase has a bent rod in his number two cylinder.

Chase has been in the auto shop since and I'm not sure when I'll get him back. The repairman has suggested rebuilding Chase's whole engine, but that will likely cost $2,500, and I don't have that money right now. I think I'll probably just get the cylinder fixed. That will cost me about $800, but I'm waiting on the final estimate. Right now, I can barely afford the $800. I'm waiting to hear back on my taxes. Hopefully I will have enough to get Chase back.

I'm really nervous knowing Chase is in the shop, not knowing where he is. I will feel better when he gets home and is with me.

What does the future look like for you and Chase?

Chase and I have our five-year anniversary coming up in June. His birthday is also coming up in April. I don't have definite plans yet, but I have this idea to take Chase to see a drive-in movie. I think it would be enjoyable because it would be something new for both of us.

Do you have any words of advice for people dealing with addictions?

Don't be ashamed: Be true to yourself and who you are. Don't fake being somebody else. You want to live your life for yourself. It's your life. You can't take outside opinions and turn your life around to make someone else happy.

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