“I Lost Everything”: Homeless Drug Addict Changed His Life by Leaning Towards Fitness After Several Jail Stints

As the dialogue from the film Forrest Gump goes, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get,’ a 37-year-old man from London who faced battles with drug addiction is now creating headlines for his side hustle that changed his life. Coming from rags to riches, Barry O’Shea shares his life journey from a drug addict to an entrepreneur and a fitness trainer.

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O’Shea runs a successful gym, ‘Bossfix Academy,’ an online coaching and weight loss business, and now trains celebrities and personal trainers, who pay between £175 and £500 each for his assistance. He proves to be a living example that, with discipline and determination, one can change his life entirely.

The inspiring story of Barry O’Shea


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O’Shea began drinking at the young age of 14 and got addicted to cocaine by the time he was 17 years old. “I lost everything. My mum wouldn’t answer the phone. I had been couchsurfing for months,” he recalls. Being a homeless drug addict in his 30s, he realized one day sitting near the canal that he needed to change himself. In a video that has been circulating all over the internet, Barry can be seen talking about his experience in jail and rehab center and how he changed his life all over with the help of fitness.

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“I served 9 months, then I went to rehab. I actually followed through with what I said, and it’s been 4 years now and 1 month, and I’m still clean,” Barry revealed. Continuing further, he disclosed, “After that day, that I gave up; I’ve built my own business, got a whole new life, and I help people for a living, and that was the last time I ever set foot in that courtroom. And I’ll never be back there again.”

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He revealed that the judge was lenient with him and suggested that he go to rehab after his sentence was over. Barry sincerely wanted to change himself and went directly to the rehab center, and he has been clean ever since. “I believe that some of the things you learn in recovery can be applied to everyone’s life,” Shea admitted.


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His life story truly serves as a reminder that one can change their life if they are willing to go the distance. What are your views on this? Let us know in the comments.

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