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...

27
Jul

Thank You Norfolk Police..

A special thank you to Norfolk D.A.R.E. Officer, Steve Plympton, for asking me to speak at his D.A.R.E. camp today. The kids had so many great questions and I hope my story of 28 years of addictions changed the path of one of their lives…Awareness and education are two tools we all need to put in our toolbox when fighting this monster!!!!! Be Sociable, Share!
22
Jul

March to the Massachusetts State House

Thank you, Lynnel Silva Cox for affording me this opportunity to speak on the State House stairs. The closing of the Long Island detox and rehab was a tragedy and highly unfair to the people who worked there and the residents who desperately needed help gaining the freedom from addiction. Please include me in any other events that may be beneficial to anyone who needs help… Thank you once again!!!!! Be Sociable, Share!
15
Jul

If telling my story helps just one person, I would gladly tell it a million times over!!

Mr. Barnes, I am a senior at Holbrook High School and I want to thank you for coming to our school on Friday. Your talk and your ability to spill your guts and tell us your life story of drug and alcohol abuse was really unbelievable. Not only do I now have a different opinion of drugs, I also have a different outlook on life. I have smoked pot many times and I never thought of it as a “gateway” drug as you put it.
14
Jul

Thank you for this opportunity, Old Rochester Middle School

Dear Mr. Barnes, Today you came and spoke to our school, Old Rochester Regional. I am an eighth grade student there and I want to thank you for speaking to us today. I feel very grateful to hear from someone who had such a terrible experience to tell us what it is like, to understand how terrible and awful the world addicts live in is. Hearing your story I learned about how little of a thing can lead to something as big and tragic as
14
Jul

City of Brockton

Thank you so much to the City of Brockton for having me on your television show, “A Deadly Silence” Addiction is killing someone every 9 minutes and together, we need to get that time longer and longer!!!!!! Be Sociable, Share!