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...


A Night of Hope

I spoke at the Abington Coalition last night regarding opiate abuse. There were probably 100 people in attendance and I hope they all spread the word that addiction is a killer and does not discriminate. I rubbed elbows with the some highly influential people, including Senators, the Mayor of Brockton, Selectmen, police chiefs, fire chiefs, and many more people that are dedicating their lives and their days to put a big dent in addiction!!!! I am truly grateful for this wonderful opportunity!!!!! Be Sociable, Share!

I Was Finished

I was finished not only listening to the labels I was stamping on myself about myself, but I was done with what other people stamped on me as well. For years on end, I, and others, stamped me/myself a loser, a burden, a failure, a drunk, a druggie, a bad person and so on and so on. On the outside, you would never know that on the inside, I was dying. I wore the uppity suits and shoes, I had the snazziest ties and sometimes

Pain is Optional

I remember the day that I decided that the pain I was causing myself was truly optional…I used to beat myself up every day over things that if I just changed my thinking a tad bit, would not have created such turbulence in my life.. If you are beating yourself up over things that happened in your past or are happening right now in the present, use a feather instead of a bat because it hurts a lot less and usually the things we beat

Testimonial: Haverhill High School: Freshman Academy

Thank you for making the time to speak with our Freshman Academy. Your message is more crucial now than ever and it was received well by our students here at Haverhill High School. It was clear that your candid story painted a picture of a journey that you were lucky to survive. I am sure that your genuine concern about our students’ future will make a lasting impression. I wish you well on your mission of helping our youth avoiding a tragic pathway. Thanks! Daniel

Testimonial: Independence Academy Principal

Dear Rich, I’m writing to you to express my gratitude to you for taking the time to speak at our school. Given the fact that we are a Recovery High School, we try to bring speakers in regularly to tell “their story” to our students. Young people in recovery and struggling with substance use have consistently said that the single biggest motivator for them is to hear from others in recovery who have faced the same struggle and who have overcome the addiction. Your visit