As an advocate for recovery locally and nationally, Rick offers his unique combination of experience, strength and exuberance to groups of all kinds – addicts, those in recovery, professionals in the fields of law and addiction medicine, law enforcement, laypeople, and politicians.. He knows what it is like to be on both sides of the law and his unique story offers a compelling glimpse of the kind of transformation that can be accomplished in addiction recovery – by anyone with hope and support. He overcame his struggles with heroin addiction, homelessness and incarceration. He presently practices in the same court that he was sentenced in over eight times. Rick is a dynamic speaker on recovery issues and a representative of action and change. His motivating presentations are about recovery as a choice, transforming attitudes, and strength of self, family, and community. He has appeared on CBS News, and been featured in Parade Magazine, Lawyer’s Weekly, The MBA Law Journal, Northeastern University Law School’s magazine, SAMHSA’s publications, and BBC World Service’s program World Have Your Say. In 2014, Rick was appointed to the Massachusetts Governor’s Interagency Council on Substance Abuse and Prevention.