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SAN ANGELO – “How the mighty have fallen . . .!” 

When Roy Lee Richards was at the top of his profession as a State of Texas Supreme Judicial District Judge in Tarrant County, one would think that he “had it all together”. And yet when he fell from grace it was as he put it in his own words, “being a dishonest, deceitful, self-willed man at odds with myself and my fellow man.” Former Judge Richards was the guest speaker at Thursday afternoon’s 2nd annual Spring Luncheon & Silent Auction Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council for the Concho Valley, which was held at the Bentwood Country Club.

Mr. Richards spoke to 200 attendees candidly about his life as a former alcohol and drug addict who was trapped in that life by his need for instant gratification and euphoria that the drugs gave him.

Richards, no longer a judge, stated that opioid changed him into someone he didn’t want to be. His fall became so great that he went from a judicial bench to a park bench as he served a number of years in prison. 

Richards, who has been clean and sober for the past 27 years, concluded his remarks.

“Thanks to ADACCV’s vision of hope and an effective dynamic force in the prevention of human degradation.” Richards asked the audience to support ADACC’s Journey to Recovery Center as he was prepared to give a check to such a worthy cause. 

All proceeds from the silent auction that was held during the noon luncheon will go for the Journey Recovery Center.

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