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Episode 118: Richard

Season 7 Episode 17

Richard
Age: 53
Location: Wendell, North Carolina
Addiction: Crack
What’s memorable: Richard is the epitome of the self-loathing addict. He positively hates himself and what he’s doing to his family, but his pain is so great that he just can’t stop. He is so very, very sick. And so is his wife. She and their daughter have sacrificed their livelihoods to take care of him and keep him alive.

Update: Richard Speight Bridgers died at age 62 on October 23rd, 2018.  Here is a death notice.  The cause of death is unknown. His wife Sandy passed away in July 2017.

Official Synopsis: Now 53, Richard has kept a traumatic childhood event secret all his life. As early as age 11, he used alcohol to numb the emotional pain. As an adult, he was diagnosed with diabetes, and his health problems were exacerbated by his drug and alcohol abuse. He was able to keep his addictions in check while he and his wife, Sandy, raised two children. But when he was injured at work, Richard abused his prescriptions and eventually became addicted to crack cocaine.

Original Air Date: May 2010
Interventionist: Candy

Categories: Addicts Who Have Died, Adopted, Candy, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Crack, Medical Problem, Most Mentally Compromised Addicts, Rape, Season 7, Traumatic Incident

Discussion

9 Responses to “Episode 118: Richard”

  1. Richard is a good friend of mine from Las Vegas recovery and he is a very good man and fun to be around. Thank you family!

    Posted by Todd | December 10, 2012, 8:55 pm
  2. What a good, gracious fellow Richard seems. He is the only one that I recall (on “Intervention”) who said, after the reading of the letters, “I can’t disagree with a word any of you says”. More than anything, it seems he is just mortified that his life took the turn it did. I don’t mean this unkindly, but is he really the best person to be handling a “multi-million dollar” estate (in his daughter’s words). Having access to all that money has surely facilitated his drug use. In any case, I hope his life has turned out well. The closing words to his story were somewhat nebulous. Hopefully, in the intervening years since this aired, he’s found the right path. Good luck, Richard!

    Posted by Gregory Moore | November 23, 2014, 2:05 pm
  3. I remember him describing what happened in his childhood trauma. So disturbing.

    Posted by Alana | January 30, 2015, 10:12 pm
  4. Any updates on Richard? I hope he is still sober!

    Posted by Megan Modes | January 2, 2017, 10:33 am
  5. I really liked watching this episode with Richard because Candi was so right when she said that, “Secrets keep people sick.” The fact that Richard was raped by his uncle as a child made me feel so sick to my stomach and he turned to alcohol at a very young age to cope with the pain. When I saw how he looked after getting treatment, I was amazed at how much better he looked and sounded. When he was doing drugs, he was constantly crying in pain from his demons and shaking. I pray that he is still doing well and doing great with his loving wife and children. I hope you’re well, Richard! God bless!

    Posted by Courtney Lea | September 4, 2018, 9:51 pm
  6. Richard was found dead on October 23 by his son who had just left rehab. Sandy passed away 15 months ago. Richard was a despicable person who introduced his children to drugs and slowly killed his wife’s will to live. He acted as an invalid as to take attention away from his wife fighting cancer. Only to be just fine once she passed. Although he couldn’t be bothered to be at the funeral as he was locked up and once out too busy shooting heroin. His kids are now addicts and have never had to take responsibility for their own lives. I hope that this now gives them the chance to become the people I know they can be to make their mom proud. Richard never worked hard for anything in his life. I would know I’m sandy, his wife’s, niece.

    Posted by Megan | October 24, 2018, 11:42 pm

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