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...



Life starts when “YOU” start to love yourself!!!!! Be Sociable, Share!


Today, be strong enough to let something that is hurting you, go. Today, never let the negative thoughts of others rent space in your head, grow, and become a reality in your life. Today, let go of the “what ifs” and the “I wonder what would have happened if I..” and move forward, embracing every single moment of life with every drop of blood, sweat, and tears in your body!!! Today, plant happiness in the garden of your life and always feel free to go

For You…

This post is for you… the person who thinks that they are not worthy of living a happy life… the person who is filled with fear and doubt and can not get past them… the person who lives and breaths in their past, never letting go of it… the person who thinks they are inadequate or insignificant in life… the person who has failed many times and eventually, quit trying because of it… the person who is isolated and alone, terrified of telling someone how


I have been there!! For most of my adult life, fear has been the wall that popped up in front of me, the hurdle that seemingly appeared to be 10 feet tall, and the immovable mountain that has engulfed me. I never knew that the fears I had, were just figments in my own mind!! Fear of what people would think, fear of how I would look, fear of someone knowing me and judging me, fear of allowing people to get close too me and

The Fog

I want to thank God that this picture is no longer a reality of my life. I ran aimlessly through the fog, high and drunk, for so many years. I lost this, I lost that, I lost so many things that I can never get back and all I can focus on now, is today. Today is the best day of my life because like the progression of the disease of alcoholism and addiction, recovery itself is progressive. For the last 8 years, life just