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...


Addiction: Disease or Not?

It Does Not Matter What you Call Addiction Today, there was a post from a reporter on a town page asking the residents of that town for their input on the drug epidemic that has, or is, starting to plague that town. Sadly, it became a shit show with insults being thrown around, negative name calling, and bantering back and forth about whether or not addiction is a disease or is it not a disease…. I want to tell you, the reader of this post, that

Testimonial: Plymouth South Middle School

In this very moving presentation, Rich Barnes shared his story of living as a functioning drug addict and the impact his lifestyle had on his family, friends, colleagues and employees. Far from the typical, “Just say no!” lecture, Rich’s message was one of taking responsibility, setting goals, making positive choices, and being accountable to yourself and those you love. His personable nature, straight-talk approach, and relatable story allowed Rich t easily connect with the audience. Throughout the presentation, it was very apparent how much Rich

Testimonial: Dare to Dream

To Whom It May Concern: I have been a DARE officer in the town of Norfolk for the past 25 years I had the opportunity just recently to view Rich Barnes at our DARE to Dream Summer Day Program. Rich’s presentation was very powerful and carried a strong message throughout. He spoke about his addiction which deterred many years of his life. One of the messages that came through loud and clear is the consequences that come with the lifestyle that he was leading. Rich

Testimonial: Marlborough Public Schools

I write this letter in support of Richard Barnes. Richard’s presentation was insightful, engaging and most importantly made a lasting difference. Richard’s heartfelt presentation touched the lives of students and staff members. His experience and unique perspective provided my students with helpful tips they can apply to their lives. Feedback from the presentation was overwhelmingly positive. Students continue to reach out to Richard with questions via e-mail.  It is rare that a speaker makes such a lasting impression but Richard has done just that. We

Testimonial: Fall River Young Marines

Mr. Rich Barnes, Thank you again for coming to speak to the Young Marines on Sunday, March 26, 2017.  Your very open and honest story, detailing the timeline, actions, and consequences of your alcohol and cocaine abuse was one that struck to the heart of the message that we are trying to teach through our Drug Demand Reduction program.  It was eye opening and an insight into the true aspects of addiction, not only for the Young Marines, but for many of us on Staff