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...

11
Apr

THE SEED

The Seed As I walk along the sidewalk of East Main Rd. in Newport RI, I cannot help but notice the annuals starting to pop up through the ground, and think to myself how this flower is actually a metaphor for life in general. Think about it for a second. A seed of a flower can sit on a shelf in a hardware store or a local five and dime and lay in it’s pouch for years… sitting in a package without any life in
4
Apr

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2
Apr

YOU ARE STRONGER THAN YOU THINK!!!

  Do you always tell yourself you “can’t” do something? Do you always tell yourself that you are not good enough? Do you constantly let the bad memories of your past overshadow the good ones and let them rule your thoughts? Do you tell yourself that maybe you are just not worth being happy? Do you tell yourself that maybe it “was” your fault? I am a firm believer that our actions are a direct derivative of our thoughts!! Years ago, when I was in
26
Mar

Recovery

  Recovery.. It is the time where an alcoholic or addict finds him/herself and becomes grateful for what they have and realizes that the path they have been taking for so long is not the right one. It is a time where the past becomes just that, the past, and healing the broken soul begins. It is a time of re-birth and a time to celebrate the victory over the self-inflicted pain we have been enduring for years upon years. Recovery promises us a life
26
Mar

Life

I have heard it many times before, but for some reason, it really hit me today. I heard someone say, “we forget how fragile and short life really is” and it truly made me think hard about life. It made me think about how we wait for Christmas and birthdays to give gifts, or for special events such as a funeral to see people we care about that we have not seen in years, or for Thanksgiving to give thanks for things we have, or