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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

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  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 ❤️

  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 😭

  9. Robin

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