Mike Barry has had his share of broad life experiences from which to draw. By age 40 he had reached the peak of his profession as a TV News Anchor, reporter, and producer. But behind the polished image of success was a man already overwhelmed by the disease of alcoholism.
His story is more common than you think, which is why the driving passion of his life today is to help others in need of a new life, free from addiction and in long-term recovery, he himself found.
His new calling as an advocate for the recovery movement is enhanced by his training and experience in broadcasting and technology. His unique combination of talent, energy, and devotion to the cause has placed Mike Barry at the heart of this movement.
He travels the country seeking to educate others about addiction, to remove barriers and discrimination, and thus enable those in long-term recovery and no longer using alcohol or other drugs to become productive members of society.
In 2005 Barry was awarded the Kentucky School’s Advocate of the Year Award and the Vernon Johnson Award from Faces of Voices of Recovery in 2011.
Barry is CEO of PAR (People Advocating Recovery).
Instrumental in establishing certification process and writing state administrative regulation to support peer support services in the area of MH. Experience reviewing and revising state administrative regulations governing mental health and substance use disorder services and providers. Experience in policy analysis and revision at the state level. Over ten years of experience providing direct clinical services to children, adolescents, adults, and older Americans with MH and SUDs. Extensive experience working with court-mandated clients and interacting with law enforcement and judicial establishment. Experience with certification and oversight of state narcotics programs dispensing medications and providing services to persons with addictions. Program manager for peer-run long term residential SUD recovery facility. Consultant involved in development and training for seminars related to cultural awareness and recognition of substance use in the workplace. Developed mandatory training for staff of local correctional facilities to improve cultural awareness and reduce staff-inmate friction. Person in long-term recovery involved with recovery community.