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...


Haverhill Middle School Principal

May 5, 2015 As a Principal of a middle school in an urban setting, I am confronted daily with the damage that substance abuse wreaks on students and families. I have personally witnessed the carnage that can result from a person making the first poor choice as a youngster to experiment with alcohol and drugs, and the progression of the disease of addiction and the damage it causes. Rich was personable, direct and animated. He brought both staff and students to the point of laughter

Haverhill 7th Grade Teachers

An engaging and heroic story, Rich Barnes captivates the attention of children and adults by explaining his memoir, as he overcomes drug and alcohol addiction. He addressed the following prominent issues with his powerful speech. Why using illegal substances are dangerous, who can be affected by them, but most importantly the results that lead to one’s ultimately destruction; failure to achieve goals and losing absolute control of your own life. With Rich Barnes overcoming his addiction, he was able to address the beauty in his

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