Below Deck’s Captain Lee and Carl Radke From ‘Summer House’ Talk Monthly – Knows He Still Struggles

Rosbach and Radke share a commonality neither hoped to have. In 2019, Rosbach’s son Joshua died from an opioid overdose. Radke’s brother also died from an accidental drug overdose. Radke was filming Summer House in 2020 when his mother called him to tell him his brother Curtis was found dead. After Curtis died, Rosbach and Radke connected when Radke realized he too struggled with addiction.

Captain Lee Rosbach from Below Deck opened up about the raw and real conversations he has with Carl Radke from Summer House, revealing that Radke still wants to drink and use drugs.

Carl Radke from 'Summer House' and Captain Lee Rosbach from 'Below Deck' walk the red carpet and have one hand in pocket
Carl Radke and Captain Lee Rosbach |Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for MTV/Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

“His brother passed away from a drug overdose, and he wasn’t dealing with it very well, and he needed some help,” Rosbach recalled. “So I reached out to him, and we chat probably once a month or so, and he’s over a year sober now. Doing well, and I just keep pulling for him every day.”

“I’ll never forget you telling me, ‘You can’t go wrong doing the right thing, it may not be comfortable or easy, but it’s still the right thing to do, and doing the right thing is what will make you the most comfortable with the man in the mirror.’ You’re the best Captain Lee,” Radke tweeted.

Carl Radke recounts his own struggles with substance abuse

Radke managed to hide his addictions behind the theme of his Bravo show Summer House. The show’s main theme is work hard/play hard. And the cast gets extremely inebriated on the show. But Radke, his friends, and family knew his issues were much deeper than too many beers on a Saturday night.

Rosbach also included a Thanksgiving message to Radke in his Below Deck blog, telling him to “stay strong” and that he was very proud of him.

“Honestly, thinking back to how scared I was — season 4 was about to come out and I knew that I, I mean, I’d had conversations with a lot of my close friends, family, like, ‘Dude, you needed some help. You got some problems. For real,’” he told ET leading up to Summer House Season 5. “And watching season 4 back was probably the hardest season to watch back for sure because it really leans into what I was struggling with is my drinking and my partying.”