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...


Testimonial: Xaverian Middle School

October 30, 2018 Dear Rich, On behalf of our grade 8 students at Xaverian, I want to thank you for giving a heartfelt and captivating talk talk about the dangers of drug and alcohol use and why making good decisions matter so much in the lives of adolescents. Your willingness to share your personal story combined with a powerful and candid question and answer session, really helped our student’ better understand the challenged of a recovering addict – one who is willing to share his

Testimonial: Xaverian High School

September 26, 2018 We had the pleasure of having Mr. Richard Barnes speak to our sophomore and junior students during a school assembly today. For about 45 minutes, Rich passionately spoke about his struggle with substance abuse, his road to recovery, and the importance of making positive decisions. Through sharing personal stories and experiences, Rich was able to engage all of our students in a message that could literally save their lives. He was authentic, humble, and very honest about the lessons learned from his

Testimonial: Hurley Middle School

Dear Rich, On behalf of Hurley Middle School, we would like to thank you for sharing your story of substance abuse and recovery. Rich captivated students and staff for a little over an hour as he shared how a poor choice at ten years old led to a long destructive path. As he shared his personal story, he also provided student with valuable lessons. Rich referred to students as “miracles: and to never give up on their dreams, as well as the importance of always

Testimonial: Dare to Dream

For the last twenty five years I have had the opportunity of running the DARE to Dream Summer day Program in the communities of Wrentham, Plainville and Norfolk. Rich has been grateful to speak with our program for the past five years in a row with very positive results. The program is designed to in include alternative activities to include safety workshops, D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) lessons on Alternatives and Building Self Esteem. We had the opportunity in our grade eight program to have

Testimonial: Wareham High School

To¬†whom it may concern, Please accept this recommendation for Rich Barnes as a guest speaker in your school. I had Rich speak to our juniors and seniors in May 2018. Since this was his first time speaking at Wareham High School I stayed for the whole presentation. Needless to say I was very impressed with the way he connected with our students. He wasn’t preaching, his story was real and the students paid close attention throughout the presentation. Rich explained how he everything one would