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...


Never Let Your Past Hurt You Again

Want to read an absolute fact?? If so, keep reading!!!! In life, there are many things that can throw our lives and our thoughts off course and it is sad to say that most of them are caused by our very own thought process. For example, our very own mind at times not only will bombard us, but sabotage us as well, with things such as our past, old relationships, broken promises, things we didn’t do or accomplish that we should have, broken dreams, deaths,

Testimonial: Berkley Middle School

October 27, 2016 Berkley Middle School: Positively impacted by the power of honesty and Richful Thinking! Berkley Middle School Students and staff were to fortunate today to have Rich Barnes, motivational speaker, on hand to share his powerful message about his life’s journey with addiction. Mr. Barnes spoke openly and candidly with our students about each choice he made that led to his losing 28 years of his life at the hands of alcohol and drugs…and his road to recovery. His heartfelt and oftentimes tragic

What is Recovery?

What is recovery? To me, recovery is a true sense of freedom from the chains of not only drugs and/or alcohol, but the chains of fears, doubt, insecurities, anger, resentments, and bitterness. To those who are in recovery, I am sure you can agree with this assessment and for those who have not yet quite found their very own recovery, your miracle is right around the corner waiting for you so whatever you do, never give up on yourself!!!!!! I BELIEVE IN YOU AND IF

Break the Stigma

I heard of a woman who at a very young age, started to smoke cigarettes. Her daily habit was one pack a day and eventually escalated to two packs a day and despite surgeon general warnings that it may cause death, she kept smoking. Every day she woke up, she told herself that today is the day, today is the day she is going to quit, only to find herself smoking ten minutes later. She sought help to quit but sadly, she was now addicted

Thank you!!!!!!!!

I want to give a “HUGE” shout out and a “HUGE” thank you to Marybeth Snelders O’Donnell for stuffing, addressing, and sealing almost 1,000 envelopes for me that are being mailed to schools in New England in hopes of speaking to their student body about drugs and alcohol….This epidemic is out of control and needs to be stopped!!!!