Archduke of Austria and Prince of Hungary
Known for founding the Recal Clinic in Mazadahonda, he talks about his social work with the LOC, his willingness to help, the steps he has taken to keep his addiction under control, and his ties with the royal families of Spain and England. talks.
- families Maximilian of the Habsburgs: “My Sister Died of Her Addiction”
On 12 September the Archduke of Austria Maximilian of Habsburg – with characters like Jaime de Marichler, Mara Chavar, Simonetta Guamez-Aisbo You Fernando Martinez de Irujo– Organized a charity dinner for the benefit of the Raquel Foundation. An organization that has been fighting since 2001 Against alcohol and drug addiction And, according to Maximilian, it has helped him bury his addictions. “My job today is to help others recover,” he says.
- Let’s start by talking about the Fundación Recal festival that took place a few weeks ago. Tell me, how do you ask your friends and acquaintances to donate to your project?
- Well… during these 21 years, we’ve helped hundreds of patients and families and I think friends cooperate because we have a great recovery program and an amazing center. Plus, they know that the foundation was created for people who don’t have the money to pay for quality treatment and want to help through their donations.
- Let’s talk about the origin of this foundation. I know that he decided to create this clinic after the death of his sister, Elizabeth, who died of her addictions.
- The foundation was formed after doing social work at Casa del Pobre. [una asociacin madrilea], helping the homeless, on the street. They cooperated with first aid, clothing, showers, food and little health care. But when I saw that many of the visitors had problems with alcohol and drugs, I had an idea and decided to rent an apartment in Pozuelo to welcome them and gradually cure them of their addiction. Gave. Then, in 2004, we hired a specialist who was trained in the Minnesota model in the United Kingdom and the United States. [basado en el mtodo de 12 pasos de Alcohlicos Annimos] And we professionalized the program… and as a result, we built the clinic in Mazadahonda.
- As you have said on several occasions, you were also an addict. Where are you in the recovery process?
- We work on a 12-step program. The first step is acknowledging the problem, and then the next steps are those of repairing the damage, apologizing, taking inventory of character flaws, and finally Step 12, which, once healed, helps heal other addictions. Is. That’s the step I’m on. And my advice to anyone going through this difficult situation is to find a center that has this program. For me, this is the best treatment and I know that trying to recover in a closed clinic is much easier than trying to make out with all the temptations.
- It is also important to discuss mental health when discussing these issues. Do you turn to any therapy?
- I think for the addict, and one already addicted for life, as there is no cure for this disease, it can only be prevented by not consuming, the best is Self Help Groups of Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous , because whoever joins it does not regularly fall into these groups.
- On the other hand, I would like to know how much your family is involved in this project.
- Now we have another center in England. It’s called Arch House, it’s in downtown Scarborough and my wife is a trustee on the Maya Foundation’s board of trustees. And as far as my kids are concerned, I take them to the clinic. He has played football with patients. I think it’s good that they got involved in this project.
- And, tell me, apart from the clinic, what is your relationship with Spain today? He came here in the 80’s to learn Spanish and lived there forever…
- I love everything about Spain! People, food, weather, beaches, mountains, nature, culture, etc.
- Moving on to other topics, I’d like to ask you about your titles. As I understand it, you are to be addressed as “Archduke of Austria, Royal and Imperial Highness and Prince of Hungary and Bohemia”. And, practically speaking, I want to ask you what that means. What responsibilities do they represent for you?
- Those titles are part of the history of Austria and Hungary and it’s a great honor for me to wear them… and I think the responsibility is to do good things in this world. But do them from the heart, feel them. And that’s what happens to me when I help homeless people with addiction problems. When we manage to save someone, it is the most beautiful thing in the world.
- Your great-grandfather, King George of Greece, was Queen Sophia’s great-grandfather, so you have a connection with the Spanish royal family. May I ask what qualities you would highlight in King Felipe?
- As you say, the Queen sofa is my mother’s cousin. And about King Felipe… I feel like he’s the best dressed king. This gives Spain enormous stability.
- Infanta Elena’s ex-husband Jaime de Marichler recently attended their gala. May I ask how your friendship was forged?
- That’s because Don Jaime is a close friend of my sister Sofa.
- Talking about the royal houses, a few years ago Elizabeth II donated her clinic. Would you like to meet the queen?
- Yes, I knew him well. Her husband, Tom, was the Duke of Edinburgh. His father was the brother of my great-grandfather, Prince Nicholas of Greece. And when he made that donation, I sent him a thank you letter.
- Speaking of England, I know he went to Eton College, just like Prince William, who may one day become king. What values did you learn in that organization that you think can help you govern?
- Well, there is a difference of many years between you and my generation. But when I was at Eton, in the 1970s, the institution had a very high academic standard and a lot was learned. I think both things could be good enough for Prince William.
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