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...

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Jan

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
19
Jan

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
30
Dec

Addiction and Alcoholism, What is it??

Alcoholism and addiction are two of the most misconstrued and misunderstood diseases on this planet. Some people look at the alcoholic and/or drug addict with sympathetic eyes and others look at them with disgust and hatred. The stigma associated with alcoholic and/or addict is that of a negative rapport. They are looked by some as weak, bums, liars, thieves, and many other negative attributes. What I am going to attempt to do in this post, is try to share with you, the person who holds
8
Dec

Blinded By My Addictions

I will always remember, just over 8 years ago, when I brought my then 2.5 year old daughter to meet my drug dealer. I remember having her say hello to him like he was family and he, in turn, would give her a wink and wave back. I would get my drugs, wave goodbye, and head on home with my daughter strapped in her car seat. While driving down the highway, I would grab a cd case, dump an 8 ball of cocaine on to
4
Dec

Testimonial: Randolph High School

Yesterday, November 20, 2014, we had the wonderful opportunity of having Rich Barnes speak to our entire high school at one assembly. Mr. Barnes was excellent. You could hear a pin drop in the audience. The students were listening intently throughout the whole talk and at times even applauded him at certain points during his speech when he mentioned something that he did that was very courageous and positive regarding his difficult journey. Mr. Barnes was very real, honest and relatable to the students. He