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...

5
Sep

Testimonial: Dare to Dream

For the last twenty five years I have had the opportunity of running the DARE to Dream Summer day Program in the communities of Wrentham, Plainville and Norfolk. Rich has been grateful to speak with our program for the past five years in a row with very positive results. The program is designed to in include alternative activities to include safety workshops, D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) lessons on Alternatives and Building Self Esteem. We had the opportunity in our grade eight program to have
15
Jun

Testimonial: Wareham High School

To¬†whom it may concern, Please accept this recommendation for Rich Barnes as a guest speaker in your school. I had Rich speak to our juniors and seniors in May 2018. Since this was his first time speaking at Wareham High School I stayed for the whole presentation. Needless to say I was very impressed with the way he connected with our students. He wasn’t preaching, his story was real and the students paid close attention throughout the presentation. Rich explained how he everything one would
15
Jun

Testimonial: Halifax Elementary School

On behalf of Halifax Elementary School’s sixth grade class of 2018, it is our pleasure to recommend Rich Barnes as a speaker on the topic of drug awareness and recovery. Rich gave an informative and moving presentation that captured the attention of all students. Rich shared the story of is addiction and recovery from substance abuse. With his honest and inspirational outlook on life, Rich discussed both his mistakes and his positive outlook for the future. We feel that this first -hand account of the
6
Apr

Testimonial: Wareham Middle School

It is my pleasures to share the experience of having Rich Barnes speak at Wareham Middle School. I discovered that Rich is passionate about sharing his message on a local Facebook page, and found him to be an incredible speaker on areas of recovery and life in general. After listening to several of his posted videos, I shared the idea of inviting him to come speak at our school with my grade members and administrators. Once we got his visit approved, he accepted without hesitation
29
Mar

Testimonial: Wareham Middle School, Principal

Dear Richard, I want to thank you for taking the time to speak to our 7th and 8th graders as part of the kick-off to Spirit Week. Your message of hope was inspiring and you could tell by the questions asked of you at the then of the presentation, it really resonated with them. I spoke to a number of teacher as well and they were deeply moved. We appreciate your willingness to communicate with me and the Dean of Students regularly prior to the