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...


Always Think Positive Thoughts

Have you ever been alone and you just start to cry because you thought about your life and came to some sort of a sick realization that life sucks and nobody cares about you, or that nobody would even miss you if you were not here? Have you ever sat by yourself and realized that nobody understands the pain you are going through or have gone through? Have you ever just smiled and/or laughed so no one would notice that you are crying on the

Guard Your Life

I was a child. A naïve kid who started experimenting with drinking at the age of 10 and thought drinking was “the cool” thing to do at that age. I felt empowered, courageous, daring, and confident and did not even know the “true” meaning of those words. I was living, unbeknownst to me, on a bridge that was eventually going to collapse and the only thing I saw for miles was quick sand. From that first drink and that euphoric feeling that ensued shortly after,

Testimonial: Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School

Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School 207 Hart Street Taunton, Massachusetts 02780-3715 January 23, 2015 Dear Mr. Barnes: We were honored to have you join us at the Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School speaking to the sophomore class regarding decision making and drugs and alcohol. In our cafeteria with over 300 students, you kept students mesmerized for one hour. You connected with the students with your message and your enthusiastic and energetic presentation. The students felt that you were talking with them and not at them by the

Why Didn’t I Listen??

If you have kids, please share this with them….It is real, it is to the point, and it “CAN” happen!!!! Also, I will ask that you share this on your wall in hopes that it reaches just one person who needs to hear it! I never thought it would happen to me. I have heard it so many times!! I heard it from my health teacher in elementary school, I heard it from my teachers and counselors in middle school, and in my teens, I

Don’t Be A Statistic

It was my dirty little secret, that I never wanted to tell. It was my dirty little secret, that I was living my life in hell. Outside everything seemed normal, too bad I was living a lie. But I always wore that stupid smile, even though I wanted to die. So many years of faking happiness, has finally worn me thin, I was fighting an uphill battle, a battle I would never win. I am an addict and I can’t stop using, I am addicted