About Rich Barnes

For most of my adult life, from the outside looking in, I was a hard working devoted husband and father living the perfect life in a suburb of MA. In 2006, my walls came crashing down and I was given a second chance on life. Addiction ruled my life for many years and with sobriety came much guilt, healing and clarity. My goal for my ongoing recovery is to live an exceptional life, full of happiness and prosperity, while helping those around me. Each day is a true blessing.

After years of addiction, my heart had become filled with doubt and fear, that eventually led me to isolating myself from the people who really cared about me: my family and closest friends. Addiction had created an image in my sick mind that I was okay and would continue to be okay... Read More about Rich Barnes...


Blinded By My Addictions

I will always remember, just over 8 years ago, when I brought my then 2.5 year old daughter to meet my drug dealer. I remember having her say hello to him like he was family and he, in turn, would give her a wink and wave back. I would get my drugs, wave goodbye, and head on home with my daughter strapped in her car seat. While driving down the highway, I would grab a cd case, dump an 8 ball of cocaine on to

Testimonial: Randolph High School

Yesterday, November 20, 2014, we had the wonderful opportunity of having Rich Barnes speak to our entire high school at one assembly. Mr. Barnes was excellent. You could hear a pin drop in the audience. The students were listening intently throughout the whole talk and at times even applauded him at certain points during his speech when he mentioned something that he did that was very courageous and positive regarding his difficult journey. Mr. Barnes was very real, honest and relatable to the students. He

Testimonial: Brockton Public Schools

October 15, 2014 This is a letter of recommendation for Rich Barnes, a motivational speaker who visited our school on October 2, 2014. Mr. Barnes arrived promptly and spoke to, and with, our students for approximately one hour on the topic of alcohol and drug abuse. He spoke at length about his own struggle with the disease of addiction, using his personal story of recovery to illustrate the dangers of drug use in a meaningful and engaging way. Our students found his story interesting and

Testimonial: West Bridgewater Middle/Senior High School

November 14, 2014 To Whom It May Concern: It is my pleasure to write the letter for Rich Barnes who came to speak to our students at West Bridgewater Middle/Senior High School on two separate occasions during the Fall of 2014.  Rich came in September to speak to the students in grades 10-12 and in October to speak to our students in grades 7-9.  Each audience was approximately 300+ students and he kept them engaged and interested for over an hour each time he spoke.


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