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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.

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

All comments.

  1. Todd

    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!

  2. Gregory Moore

    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!

  3. Alana

    I remember him describing what happened in his childhood trauma. So disturbing.

  4. Megan Modes

    Any updates on Richard? I hope he is still sober!

  5. Courtney Lea

    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!

  6. Megan

    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.

    1. Dizzy

      Terrible news, I’m so sorry to hear that. I hope his kids will be ok.

    2. Janel Siegel

      How terribly sad, I hope the kids are able to turn their lives around ❤️

    3. Courtney

      How can you be so callous to say such a thing about your uncle? He is deceased. How dare you talk in vain about a person who just died. You could’ve been nicer and not stomped on his grave after announcing that he passed away. Shame on you.

      1. Stefan

        Demanding that the dead are worthy of our honor/respect for solely the reason that they’re dead is the root of so much generational/familial trauma in our society.

    4. Robin Michelle Worthy

      Did his daughter start using

  7. Brenton

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family 🙏🙏

  8. Becka

    September 24th 2020 his daughter died only a few sbort months after giving birth to her daughter….her first child. All of this is heartbreaking. Please keep his son in yohr prayers.

    1. Katja

      Oh no! How sad… I’ll pray for him

    2. Tonya

      Does she have a facebook? I just watched this episode and read the updates 😭

    3. Danica

      I’m watching his episode now and I DO remember it. I had no idea he had passed away.

  9. Robin

    I liked his daughter so much! I really hope she didnt start using drugs. Does anyone know how she passed?

  10. Courtney

    Stefan, I lost my cousin to an accidental overdose of heroin laced with fentanyl. She was my first best friend and I looked up to her so much. It’ll be 2 years since she died on the 3rd. I don’t hate her at all and I in fact miss her so damn much. I still cry on and off over her. So, if you’re telling me to hate my own cousin for her dying because she struggled with addiction, then you shouldn’t be around any people at all. You’re worse than an addiction with that callous attitude of yours. Shame on you.

    1. Stefan

      What I meant to say is that if said person (in this case Richard to his niece) was terrible to you/others, the fact that they’re now deceased doesn’t make them automatically worth of a personal revision. Sorry for any confusion.

  11. Kristin

    In response to Megan’s comment about the deaths of Richard and his wife, his daughter Jennifer has also died. I read on Megan’s comment that the kids of Richard were into drugs and I was skeptical that Jennifer, who seemed together, would do so. She did die and from reading a message on her obituary page, but no obituary, that she may have committed suicide. So sad!!!