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...

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Feb

Testimonial: Galvin Middle School

February 13, 2020 Dear Rich, I would like to thank you for presenting to Galvin Middle School this past January. Your story was very powerful. Your relatable personality allowed for your message about drug addiction and the road to recovery to be well received by all in attendance. You spoke to our middle school demographic and age group in a relevant, thought provoking manner. You really honed in on how behaviors had lifelong consequences and implications, and why making good decisions matters. Both students and
10
Feb

Testimonial: Galvin Middle School

Monday, Feb 10th, 2020 It gives me great pleasure to write this letter on behalf of our guest speaker, Mr. Richard Barnes. Richard visited our school last month to address a serious substance abuse crisis that continues to plague our youth while also sharing real work experiences. Richard discussed and shared personal pitfalls with over 300 students and members of staff. He supported many of us with the difficult task of having open discussion around the use of drugs and alcohol. Many of our students
8
Nov

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
8
Nov

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
31
Oct

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