Richard has spent many years under the influence of alcohol. His drinking began at age 12. He and his friends would grab a cheap six-pack of beer from a delicatessen, and drink in the park. At the time, Richard felt like he and his friends were having fun; a drink or two would relieve him of his cares of his pre-adolescent life. Richard now knows he would spend the next 20 years chasing that high. After high school, he attended college in Chicago and brought his dependency and abuse with him. Booze gave way to drug use, like marijuana, and he would up moving to Jamaica, working on pot farm, living a pseudo-Rasta lifestyle. Richard would spend years traveling and partying. One night in New Orleans while drinking, he was in a horrific car accident that left him in the hospital for nearly a year.
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