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Episode 118: Richard

Season 7 Episode 17

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.

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


4 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

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