January 31, 2024 |

Shane Goodbar

Shane grew up on a small farm in Sanpete County, Utah. He had a step-brother the same age as him, a younger brother, and a baby sister. His parents separated when he was very young, which gave him the opportunity to succeed in life with the support of not one, but two supportive families. This would turn out to be harder than expected.

His early years in high school were exactly what they should have been. Full of excitement and laughter, he was a natural athlete and lettered in football and wrestling his freshman year. This was also the year he started drinking. His drinking led to drug use, and halfway through high school, his life spiraled out of control.

His addictions took over his life. He lost all of his friends and became isolated from his family. Sports also became a thing of the past. At the young age of 18, he found out that he was going to be a father. He decided then that his drug use days were over, but drinking continued to be a struggle.

Shane was happily married for a short time. He had two little girls and was able to stay away from drinking – but only for a short period of time. A little while later, things began to unravel. He found himself divorced and isolated from his family. Once again, he turned to drinking as the answer.

By the age of 24, Shane had been in and out of jail several times within a short amount of time. He remarried and had two more little girls, but even this could not stop him from drinking. Shane ended up in jail three more times and was looking at criminal charges that would send him to prison for a minimum of 15 years to life.

This was the ultimate rock bottom for him. In a desperate search for help, he reached out to Red Barn Academy. Something had to change, and Shane knew it was him that needed to change. Red Barn Academy was going to give him the opportunity of a lifetime.

Shane spent two years at the academy where he learned and grew from the ones that had come before him. Now he is giving back what he has learned to current and future students. He also held numerous leadership positions while attending Red Barn. Upon graduating, he was offered a position as part of the staff. He is currently the General Manager of Sticky Bird, an academy-operated restaurant in the heart of Farmington. He now lives with his amazing wife and two youngest daughters. Every day he is able to wake up and take his girls to school, go to work, and come home as the man he was always meant to be.

A vital part of my recovery

“I have been attending activities and many other groups at Red Barn Farms for almost 2 years. This has been a vital part of my recovery and the amazing life I now enjoy. Amazing staff that are always willing to help in any way possible. Thanks for being a part of my recovery.”

- Sue Jones

Truly does save lives and families

“Red Barn Farms and Red Barn Academy is a great example of a therapeutic community that truly does save lives and families. I have several family members who struggle with substance abuse issues, and lost my sister to a drug overdose last year. This is the first program I have seen that offers the right support people need to recover. As a community, we need to bind together to support their efforts so that they can expand and serve more men and women who deserve the opportunity to be their best self and for their families to be whole.”

- Marcie V.

One of THE Best Recovery programs

“One of THE Best Recovery programs out there! Love this place and all the amazing work they do and LIVES they SAVE!”

- Lucky H.