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...


The Fog

I want to thank God that this picture is no longer a reality of my life. I ran aimlessly through the fog, high and drunk, for so many years. I lost this, I lost that, I lost so many things that I can never get back and all I can focus on now, is today. Today is the best day of my life because like the progression of the disease of alcoholism and addiction, recovery itself is progressive. For the last 8 years, life just

Did You Know That…

Did you know that… You can start your life over right now You can forgive the unforgiveable and move on? You can call that friend you miss? You can let it all go? It is possible for you to be happy? You can do it, no matter what people say? You only live once and that if you do it right, then once is enough? You don’t need a plan, just faith? It is ok not to be perfect? You are stronger and better than

Thank You West Bridgewater High School!!!

I just want to thank Mark Bodwell and West Bridgewater High School for having me speak to the students. It was a packed house and from the emails I have already received, it all went well….Feeling grateful!!!!! Be Sociable, Share!

Life is a Gift

I remember years ago, I took life for granted. I never gave thanks for anything and always wanted more of what I had. Selfishness and self-centeredness ruled my every thought, every decision, and every choice I had and had not a care in the world for anyone or anything. Today is different. I can see how precious, yet fragile, life truly is. I share my life, and the experiences I have been through, in hopes that someone else who thought the way I previously thought,

I Remember When I Was Afraid..

I remember when I was afraid to step out of my comfort zone because I was riddled with fears and doubts. I spent 18 years in a profession I loathed because I felt inadequate and thought that I could not do anything else because I was not college educated. I spent even more time being an active alcoholic and drug addict because my mind told me I could not stop drinking or drugging. Insecurities, fears of being judged for who and what I was as