Educational Institutions

Are you looking to bring an unforgettable presentation to your high school or college students?  Are you having a drug awareness event, preparing students for testing, or just want kids to understand how important good choices are? Ritchie’s authentic delivery and unique ability to turn his personal story into a multitude of messages make him a great fit for any presentation.

Ritchie Farrell was a heroin addict. He grew up in Lowell, Massachusetts, the birthplace of the textile revolution and the well-known home of “The Fighters,” WBA World Champion Irish Micky Ward and his brother Dickie Eklund. Farrell overcame incredible odds to win the du-Pont Columbia Award, arguably the highest a journalist can receive. His rise from the heroin filled streets of Lowell to the top can only be described as miraculous, heroic, and remarkable. Farrell’s amazing delivery catapults his audience towards the path of success.



Governments & Organizations

Ritchie Farrell overcame impossible odds. He turned every “no” he ever confronted into a “yes.” When Sysco Foods, the largest food distributor in America, flew Ritchie into the Pocono Mountains to speak to their top sales people the room was on fire with his energy. The regional vice president said he had never witnessed people so eager to get back to work. Farrell’s no nonsense, “I did it, so you can too” attitude truly captures everybody he touches. Book Ritchie Farrell and be inspired.

Prescription pills and heroin addiction are at epidemic proportions. Communities, families, and individual lives are being destroyed. As a journalist and screenwriter, Ritchie has first hand knowledge of how prescription pain medication gave birth to the current heroin epidemic in America. He writes a popular monthly blog for the Huffington Post and is currently working on a several films about addiction. He inspires audiences through his life. Find out how you can bring Richie to your event.



  • From Heroin to Hollywood
  • Never Quit Believing
  • 7 Habits for Overcoming Heroin Addiction

“I’d rather die in the ring than quit on the stool.” -Micky Ward

Ritchie Farrell is one of the top substance abuse and motivational speakers in the United States.