Barnes has the toned, muscular physique of a personal trainer – a role he relishes, along with his work as a nutrition expert, sober companion and certified recovery coach. It’s a remarkable transformation for a man who was once bedridden and suicidal – addicted to Oxycodone, drinking hard liquor all day. “I’m extremely grateful that I’m alive and healthy,” Barnes says. “I used to drink to feel differently about something that caused me pain. Now when pain comes, I embrace it as an opportunity to grow, gain strength and perspective – or possibly help another person struggling with similar pain.” A holistic rehab stay set Barnes on the path to recovery – and a passion for helping others get healthy. “My life purpose is to inspire others to live a sober lifestyle,” he says.