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: Halifax Elementary School

On behalf of Halifax Elementary School’s sixth grade class of 2018, it is our pleasure to recommend Rich Barnes as a speaker on the topic of drug awareness and recovery. Rich gave an informative and moving presentation that captured the attention of all students. Rich shared the story of is addiction and recovery from substance abuse. With his honest and inspirational outlook on life, Rich discussed both his mistakes and his positive outlook for the future. We feel that this first -hand account of the

Testimonial: Wareham Middle School

It is my pleasures to share the experience of having Rich Barnes speak at Wareham Middle School. I discovered that Rich is passionate about sharing his message on a local Facebook page, and found him to be an incredible speaker on areas of recovery and life in general. After listening to several of his posted videos, I shared the idea of inviting him to come speak at our school with my grade members and administrators. Once we got his visit approved, he accepted without hesitation

Testimonial: Wareham Middle School, Principal

Dear Richard, I want to thank you for taking the time to speak to our 7th and 8th graders as part of the kick-off to Spirit Week. Your message of hope was inspiring and you could tell by the questions asked of you at the then of the presentation, it really resonated with them. I spoke to a number of teacher as well and they were deeply moved. We appreciate your willingness to communicate with me and the Dean of Students regularly prior to the

The First One

What that “first drink or first drug”” can do to your life. A true story that you should absolutely show your children, no matter how old they are and no matter how innocent you think they may be!!!! One out of 4 kids who try alcohol or drugs before the age of 18 “WILL” become an alcoholic and/or addict. Is it really worth turning a blind eye to? Is it really worth not talking to them about it? I know many parents who sadly have

Life’s Paths..

I have been on many paths in my life, some paths that I understood why I was on them but for the most part, most of them I had no clue as to why I was on them. Many I faltered to and fell astray to bad decisions, bad choices and as a result, developed many bad behaviors which in turn led to many of the life lessons that I have so eloquently discovered that guide me through life today…Some of them are below. I