2 Real Addicts: In Over One Year, Did the System Help Change These Men?

This post looks at two men–what they were, what they did then, and who they are now. These comparisons raise questions about the success and failure of the system, the Do-Gooders, and the upsurge of Government and Politicians who are pounding their chests and throwing money (due to the opiate crisis) to organizations that have done nothing!!

Note: It is well known that New Hampshire is the Opiate poster child in the United States. The New Hampshire politicians are using the pain of people’s Opiate addiction to get elected. They do not spell out a plan, but they talk a lot. Maybe, they should model a program after the documented findings from the Yale University Medical School.

If you would like to get in the mood for this post, listen to Steely Dan’s song, Do It Again.

In this post, I’m writing about  real people who are on the street, part of the subculture, and documented by me. They are Lu and Larry from 2014 and 2015.

First, we need to revisit my definition of Subculture. If you cannot identify with or know the term, you will fail to understand Lu and Gary.

Now let’s revisit Lu who I wrote about in Living in the Shelter.

Real Events between 10-2014 and 11-2014:

“At this time, I still had use of my legs, and I was sober and happy. I was working two jobs and had over $2000 in the bank. The two jobs were selling jewelry at the mall and working security. I would work 18 hours a day, come back to the house, the Portuguese resident would have dinner ready for me, and then I would go to sleep. By the third week, Lu started a fight with me. Ruff and Melvin broke it up. The fourth week, Lu disappeared. The fifth and last week, Larry challenged me to a fight outside. The reality of it was that all I had to do was use what I knew from my martial arts training: arc my left foot while on the ball of my foot, step over that foot with my right leg, turn my back, and then with the left foot throw a power back kick to the chest. But NOT me–I took the high ground. I called management from the next room, told the story, got dressed in my uniform and went to work. Six hours later I got back to the house at 12:15 am. I was immediately kicked out by the manager. I had to leave with what I was wearing. Unfortunately, that night New England was having a Nor’ester rain storm.”

Note: Gary, if you read the blog, was Lu’s friend at the shelter and shared the same bunk. Gary and Lu would frequent Nipmack for money from women. I had heard way to much and my bed was an asset for money and a friend they could trust; by fighting, I would be out of their way.

Present Day, 7-2016:

Lu moved into the same Safe House as me. Rumor on the street is that Lu had disappeared in 2014 because he was caught by the police, either for an outstanding warrant and/or soliciting himself for drug money. Lu was released from jail, is on probation, moved to a shelter, was released from the shelter, and was placed in my safe house. After 6 weeks, Lu is resistant to any rules of the house and people’s feelings. He is back traveling to the town where women pay for favors and drugs can be bought. Time will tell.

Now let’s revisit Larry, whom I wrote about in Hit the Bottom? Live with It! 

Real Events 5-2015:

“Starting in March, I was able to afford a rooming house in Rothboro; it was my own room to stay safe and have a roof over my head. Two weeks later I lost my job (my employer found out that I was homeless), bought some alcohol, and went back to the room. That is when I met Larry and his friends who had just moved in for a week. I had no TV, and they invited me to watch a movie with them. I have decades of street smarts and martial arts training, yet I let my guard down. I was robbed of my backpack and alcohol. I had to pay $20 to get my backpack and my journals, which were in the backpack, returned. There was nothing else I could do.”

Present Day, 7-2016:

Larry has been trying to come off Alcohol and Heroin addiction since that day I met him. I have been sober for over a year with the help of my friends, Mike Garrison, Martin Phillips and his wife Cheryl, and the Anti-Alcohol Drug, Gabapentin. I volunteer at the Center in Rothboro, and I have attempted to work with Larry and his use of Gabapentin. Larry has been in and out of rehabilitation centers and hospitals. Last week, Larry had his face severely beat in because he broke the rules of the Subculture. Larry is still chasing that high.

Then there is Lu. Lu will cheat, steal, and hurt you in order to get his form of gratification. Lu will never self-commit nor will he go to a center for support. I do not know of a solution for Lu’s type of world other than, shut up and stay out of the way, unless you know what you’re doing.

Conclusion: There are individuals within the Subculture who want help but cannot receive the time and care necessary to make it. I have written about important facts and solutions such as those discussed by Michael Lemonick and the Yale University Medical Studies. This is where our Do-gooders and Politicians should put their money. If they did, maybe, just maybe, they will get the same statistical results AA does–20% success or 60% depending who you talk to. I know, in his heart, Larry wants help.

Here’s what Michael Lemonick wrote in his book, When Your Brain Can’t Say No ,and what the Yale University Medical School documented:

“One thing science is increasingly validating is the power of the 90-day rehabilitation model, which was stumbled upon by AA (new members are advised to attend a meeting a day for the first 90 days) and is the duration of a typical stint in a drug-treatment program. It turns out that this is just about how long it takes for the brain to reset itself and shake off the immediate influence of a drug. Researchers at Yale University have documented what they call the sleeper effect-a gradual re-engaging of proper decision-making and analytical functions in the brain’s prefrontal cortex-after an addict has abstained for at least 90 days.”

I started this blog so that people will understand what their lives could be like on the streets and motivate them to avoid it. A good portion of the blog tells of perfect reasons to avoid financial ruin and addiction altogether.

Note: Please take it seriously and pass this information to friends, family, and social media.

Brian Masters

brianmasters919@gmail.com

 

 

 

Do Not Judge the Smell of Vodka on Anyone-It could be Hand Sanitizer-You Fool

I volunteer at a Recuperation Center that helped me through my ups and downs. During one of the Center’s bus trips into Boston, two of the members were getting on the bus after spending 4 hours at Harborside events. The director of the Center, who was sitting at the front of the bus, went verbally wild about smelling the strong scent of vodka on individuals getting on the bus. (Remember, we had been in Boston for 4 hours). Well, the smell was the “hand sanitizer” the bus company had for its clients. Two female members had used the sanitizer before going to their seats. The verbal abuse and false exposure brought the women to tears.

If you are in recovery and someone accuses you of relapse in front of your peers, it can hurt, if not cause mental damage.

Note: I am sure most readers have experienced using various sanitizers over the past few years. It is a trend that benefits many people. It also can cause serious accusations or real problems–and this website is about “Reality”. So please, be aware of the potential miscommunication that your brain might create when stimulated by the smell.

Let me tell you of another real event that had more serious consequences.

While attempting to get back on my feet, I was hired by Google Shopping Express which is a start-up division of Goggle. The vision is to compete with Amazon and deliver goods directly to the door of the buyers. Same day service.

When you are homeless, eating and hygiene becomes an art form. A fast food restaurant restroom is a changing room, shower, and bathroom all together. Sanitizer is your deodorant for parts of your body and face. During my evaluation period at GSE, all my test deliveries with a management went extremely well. Except the final test day felt different. The next day, when I called my hiring manager for new orders, I was told that alcohol was smelled during my last trial day. Therefore, I was not Google material. Personally, after having been a successful executive with a six figure income, being let go from a $10 an hour job was no less than total humiliation.

It was not until 3 months later at a Addiction Recovery Education Session that I realized what had happened. Anyone can tell you that the person in recovery can smell most any drug a mile away. At, Adware, a recovery school, it is mandatory to use “hand sanitizer” when possible. The PhD. instructor commented on the stupidity of having to use alcohol hand cleaner that smelled like Vodka. That is when it hit me. I lost the job due to body smell. Smell – The Real Shit You Will Experience

This post is dedicated to raising awareness of that quick judgment of the person next to you. It could cause more hurt than you can imagine.

Brian Masters

brianmasters919@gmail.com

 

 

Is Alcoholics Anonymous Dying? Recoveryism May Kill It From Within?

There is one organization that was started in the last century that can be attributed to saving hundreds of thousands of lives worldwide–Alcoholics Anonymous. If an individual realizes their plight, opens their mind to a higher power, engages with others who are suffering, and follow the 12 steps, probabilities of survival and revival are good.

Now that we have entered the 21st century, substance abuse involving various drugs as well as alcohol, is killing people every day. However, our medical knowledge of the mental (brain) and physical affects (body) of addiction have stepped up to the task by uncovering drugs that halt addiction. Meditation and other techniques for recovery are seen on Social Media every day. This has created a new and real force called, “Recoveryism,” a term coined by Tom Horvath, President of SMART Recovery in 2006. See Recoveryism explained. Simply, Recoveryism is various camps professing that they have a solution for the alcoholic or drug addict; these camps carry a flag saying, “We are the Holy Grail of recovery.” This approach holds that there is only one true path to recovery.

I have seen this first hand at AA meetings. In May and June 2016, I went to an AA meeting, which is coded, Open Discussion Group, and a well-known man in recovery, and a sponsor of other alcoholics, stated that “the room is for alcoholics only and all others are in the wrong building.” After this comment people left the room!! Another time, a woman spoke and told the fellowship that discussions must focus on alcohol only, or people should leave the room. What is scary and important is that if you multiply those two meetings in one Massachusetts town, by all the people who think that way, by all the towns holding AA meetings, there is an immense number of people being excluded from recovery efforts.

Note: Though there are no elected officers that can send an amendment to the fellowship, a message of change is needed. What has worked for alcoholic addicts can work for all addicts, in my opinion.

AA must rethink the type of addicts they are willing to help and what century we are in. If AA does not modify itself and bend with the wind, it will break; unfortunately, if this AA stance continues, other addicts who could be helped will die. In order to avoid “recoveryism,” Alcoholics Anonymous may want to become “Addiction Anonymous”, which will recognize and welcome all those who are suffering. The 12 step process will work for both alcohol only and addicts.

Father Martin, who was a huge advocate of AA, was way ahead of his time on alcoholism. See Father Martin’s Chalk Talk on Alcoholism. Do not let the “Father Collar” stop you from viewing his video. Father Martin combined the struggle of the alcoholic to the rational and irrational parts of the brain, which was causing the problem. He was 50 years ahead of the University of Yale Medical School findings and the “Spect” of Dr. Amens. I am sure, Father Martin, would not have verbally closed a meeting to those in need.

Note: As I stated in earlier blogs, solutions to addiction is like a portfolio. Financial advisors recommend that clients diversify the investments in a portfolio to minimize risk; this increases the probabilities of a positive outcome. Similarly, we need to have an open mind for remedies, or we reduce the chance of a healthy and happy life.

The world needs Alcoholics Anonymous. And the world needs other methods of curbing addiction. The 12 steps can work when it is combined with other methods of sobriety. AA will have the same positive meaning it always had, but it now needs to be considered, Addiction Anonymous. Let’s not have the bigotry within any recovery chase away that one person who may have cheated death that day.

Brian Masters

brianmasters919@gmail.com

 

Iranian Study: Pain Associated with Heroin Withdrawal Is Greatly Reduced with Gabapentin

In the Iranian Clinical Trial, the effect of gabapentin to reduce withdrawal-related pain due to Iranian crack heroin use was confirmed. Hence, use of this drug for management of such condition is recommended.

Due to my street and housing education, I have become very close to and affected by young adults addicted to heroin. As I moved into the streets of Massachusetts combined with my stays at observation hospitals, relationships developed. Even though I have never experienced the high and the pain of heroin addiction myself, it is impossible not to get involved while surviving in the same space. Many of my the posts are formed by adults whose family member or their partner, brother/sister, cannot break away.  See Death of the Friends of a 27 Year Old.

I am writing this post in the beginning to June, 2016, and it was just two weeks ago I heard my old roommate at an Observation Hospital, Randy, just died. It is a fact that while chasing the high, the fear of the pain of coming down deters seeking any help.

Here is an Iranian Clinical Research study confirming the benefits of Gabapentin. Again, there is help at the end of the tunnel just like I pointed out in the post “Gabapentin Treatment for Alcohol Dependence;” the common denominator is “Gabapentin”.

Note: When we started this website, our intent was to deliver reality to you, the reader. While in the hospital in 2015 for Neuropathy and spinal pain, I was introduced to Gabapentin to reduce chronic pain. At that time, I discovered that if Alcoholism is a disease, Gabapentin is a cure for my desire for Alcohol, and I hope it stays that way.

Here are the conclusions of Iranian Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.

Abstract:

Gabapentin seems to be a safe and well tolerated medication for treating heroin dependence. This study examined the efficacy of gabapentin for relieving withdrawal-related pain due to heroin use.

Conclusion:

In our survey, the effect of gabapentin to reduce withdrawal-related pain due to Iranian crack heroin use was confirmed. Hence, use of this drug for management of such condition is recommended.

IJPS is the official journal of Iranian Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, an organization of scientists and pharmacists committed to the improvement of Pharmaceutical sciences through the advancement of research, academics, and scientific publications.

I ask you pass this information along through social media and to others you may know who would benefit from this information. It may just spare the torture a person may have to endure.

Brian Masters

brianmasters919@gmail.com

In 10-15 Short Years of Abuse – Movie Stars – Die or Comeback Pictures

In my opinion, denial ends when you admit you are an Alcoholic, Addict, and that you have a disease! There are many ways you measure the disease’s timeline such as financial deterioration, loss of friends, family, and activities, OR the way you look! Please read my post about the telltale physical traits you can not hide when you are hooked.

Note: Think about yourself, a friend, or educating a young adult. By realizing the signs of the disease, we can take steps to eliminate or shorten the time line. The people I discuss in this post had a time line you can physically see. The dates the photos were taken speaks volumes. The point of this post is the glaring reality of  what we are dealing with over a SHORT time. It is scary, but you can see the waste in people you admire. 

I love movies and good TV sitcoms. So, I took the time to look at four, high-profile stars . I’m listing  their names, their familiar movies, and their photos before and after their addiction. These photos span the 10 to 15 years during which they seriously abused their minds and bodies. Just 10 to 15 short years!

Please note Robert Downey Jr. turned his path around. He did this through multiple solutions–not just one. Which leads to my “Note” after the pictures.

The changes in all these people are impressive.

Jan Michael Vincent – Soldier Blue, Air Wolf, White Line Fever

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Robert Shaw – From Russia with Love (his picture below), Jaws, (Captain Quint), The Sting,

      Still of Robert Shaw in Jaws (1975)

celebs Robin Kelly

Lisa Robin Kelly, one of the characters on “That 70’s Show”, definitely took a turn for the worse over the years. Unfortunately, she passed away in 2014 because of an accidental drug overdose. Kelly never committed to seeking help at a professional drug rehabilitation center.

Robert Downey Jr. – Chaplin, Sherlock Holmes, Iron Man

        VIDEO: Robert Downey, Jr. Talks Playing Iron Man in Captain America: Civil War

 

Note: Unfortunately, the research and findings we have now were not available for some of these individuals, but all of the information was  available for Robert Downey Jr. and Lisa Robin Kelly. This website has documented impressive medical findings made since 2013. I cannot say there is no excuse for not turning the path, but we now have far more tools and education than the people before us.

Brian Masters

http://www.brianmasters919@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After One Year Sobriety, Your Brain May Recover

In the last blog, I posted images of normal brains, brains after drug and alcohol abuse, and a drug/alcohol brain compared to an Alzheimer’s brain. These images are a powerful realization of what could be the result of Substance Abuse.

My objective is to illustrate the reality of the damage that can be done–the real physical and mental damage you can see. What happens is that drug and alcohol abuse results in restricted blood flow in the brain.  The dark spots on the images of the brain are not holes. The dark images are blood flow in the brain that has been restricted.

Hope and Success: Through SPECT imaging, we are able to see the positive affect of sobriety.  The individual to whom this brain belongs stayed sober from alcohol and drugs for one year. The dark images are nearly gone, which means blood is moving normally. We can hope that memory, creativity, and rational judgment is back too. A chance at life is back.

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During alcohol and drug abuse

 

1 year of abstinence from drugs and alcohol

The way I look at it, the medical disciplines and most all recovery disciplines call substance abuse a disease. Well, if it is a disease, there must be a cure!

Now, what if we were to combine the new medical findings and solutions. I described some research findings in previous posts: Gabapentin Treats Alcohol Abuse, and Treatment for Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome (Wet Brain). What if we commit to multiple action plans? Do we have the making of a cure?

  • Medical vitamin assistance: This can be done through a Primary Physician.
    • Replenishment of B1 and B12 levels.
    • The introduction of Gabapentin to eliminate the desire for alcohol and reduce the probabilities of relapse. Clinical research indicates that 900 to 1800 mg delivers the beneficial results. This is a proven method of staying off drugs and alcohol.
  • A commitment of attending group meetings such as AA and NA.
    • Using the community of others to understand that you are not alone.
    • Finding the higher power in all of us for behavior modification. This too is a proven method of staying off drugs and alcohol.
  • Therapy and Psychology meetings with trained PHDs.
    • For many people it is the ability to release a troubled past and/or hidden issues. This too is a proven method for opening up and potentially confronting something that reinforced actions that masked reality and increased pleasure seeking behaviors. This too is a proven method of staying off drugs and alcohol.

These images show that in “One Year” the blood flow to the brain is increased and repair is underway. This means the rational you is back. Therefore, planning a program containing multiple, proven methods may insure a long term attempt at a better life.

Note: The improvements may sound easy, but it is hard work. We have to want our brain and all it has to offer, our personality, and our behavior back to what it was before alcohol or drugs. We want to return to what our lives were like before peer pressure or the traumatic experience that moved us down the path of a disease.

Please pass these blog posts to others in your network such as friends and family who struggle with substance abuse. Use any social media which will help spread the word.

Brian Masters

brianmasters919@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visual of the Destruction of Our Brain on Alcohol or Drugs

In July of 2014, I was fortunate to take classes addressing the effect of drugs and alcohol on the body. For decades, I had sold analytical software, so it was very important for me to dissect the reasons for my problems and predict the outcome. While being educated about the latest findings of alcohol and drug use, images similar to the ones below were shown. It was the “hit in the head” I needed that inspired me to learn more and stop the destruction.

It is education that can help us cure the disease in ourselves, in my opinion. Images such as these, combined with other medical findings, group meeting such as AA, and therapy convinced me we have light at the end of the tunnel. For example, see Hope: Gabapentine is a Treatment for Alcohol Abuse. A successful portfolio of investments must be diversified for a positive future return; similarly, the actions we take to cure our disease must be diversified to stop the future destruction of our brain (and body). Please pass these images to young adults so we stop the destruction before it happens.

Man: just look at the images of reduced brain activity!!

Note: The pictures can be shocking when you have never seen them before. These images of the brain do not mean this is what your brain looks like. But this blog deals with the reality of our actions–whether those actions are genetic and/or from environmental events. Should the disease be genetic, these images should motivate you to find a cure before taking a snort, a pill, a drink, or a needle. These images are from the Amen Clinic Inc. (I am not endorsing this clinic; I am simply acknowledging where these images come from)

AN IMAGE OF A NORMAL BRAIN               BRAINS AFFECTED BY ALCOHOL AND DRUGS!

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Image from http://sponauglewellness.com/alzheimers/alzheimers-brain-function/

Notice how the alcohol and drug damaged brains look at lot like a brain of someone with Alzheimer’s Disease!

I hope these images say it all and have a positive impact. I will continue to provide information in any media form to help you, your friends, family members, and soul mates.

Brian Masters

brianmasters919@gmail.com

Reverse Stigma: Addicts – Maybe Others Have Walked In Your Shoes

Why is it important to understand what “Reverse Stigma” can be in an alcohol and drug addict’s world?

Because, if you are an individual who has  made the wrong decision and caught the disease, you should know how your perception of others will change. As an addict, you must learn not to “judge a book by its cover;” you could lose big time and you need all the help you can get!

Note: For this post, it is very important that you put yourself into the mindset of the addict. Knowing you need something from someone, yet you “pre-judge” an individual. In your mind, you think they could never know what you know or have experienced what you have experienced.

The Brian Masters Story: I had to be treated in a medical facility after a hip operation in 2015. The hip operation went wrong and extended my stay in a skilled care facility for four months. I know the shelter and housing systems of my state, and it was time to find the roof over my head that would not put another scar on my face. A new director, Lisa, of Out Bound services, came to the facility. Lisa was blonde, 5 foot 6 inches tall, well mannered, attractive (in my opinion), mid-forties, and dressed professionally.

After one interview, I felt she knew nothing about helping homeless people get to the next step. I ignored her. Though my rule is not to talk badly about anyone, I left out anything good about her.

Note: We are speaking about serious next steps in my life as well as those who may come to her for help.

One afternoon, during a mandatory meeting, I threw the system in her face; how difficult it can be. Reader – was I wrong about her!

I discovered that Lisa had three children. The year before I met her, Lisa had been homeless in the western part of the state. Where to sleep, where and what to eat, and money? Lisa found a solution: a junkyard in the neighboring town. The junkyard had a very powerful and mean pit bull standing guard. Everyday, the family would gather some “meat” from the street for the guard dog. By repeatedly feeding the dog, the family would be able to get to the car that they made home. They adapted to the situation and made a safe roof over their heads.

My attitude was “reverse stigma.” Lisa and her girls had fought the fight, and now she had a great job. I had judged her wrong.

Note: Avoid having to experience alcohol and drug Reverse Stigma by not catching the disease.  And if you have caught it, look at another individuals and smile; you never know what they have been through.

STIGMA – Are You Willing To Have a Stigma and Can You Live with a Stigma!

Definition of stigma: A mark of disgrace or dishonor. Merriam‑Webster

What is stigma: A strong feeling of disapproval that most people in a society have about something. Cambridge-English Dictionary.

A stigma is something that takes away from one’s character or reputation. An example of a stigma is an actor not getting work because of past … . Dictionary.com

Note: I think you get the point. Whether you become an addict by choice or get it as a disease, stigma comes hand and hand with your name and it is a REALITY. You will have to deal with stigma if you go down the path of addiction. And alcohol and drugs are at the top of the list of stigma.

As I mentioned in, “The Real Shit You’ll Experience,” I quickly learned that race, gender, age, nationality, and financial background do not make any difference in what you experience as an addict. The chemical control of the brain and body do not discriminate!” This fact holds true if you are moving to a better place or staying where you are.

I, personally, am working to get to that better place. Whether I can get back a small percentage of what I was Author – Brian Masters, unfortunately depends, to some extent, on others; as it will/could you!

Real examples:

  • After a year of completing every requirement,  to reinstate my license, I went “hat in hand’ (and my check book) to the state license officer. The response was, “I do not want your kind on the road! I don’t drink and I have 3 children that I drive”! STIGMA
  • I volunteered to be on the board of a local church society that was starting up; the society helps the homeless and the needy. At each meeting, I received a kind of cold shoulder recognition from the leading clergyman. I knew that I was then, not like the other members. I felt that “stigma”. See, the first thing I did when I came to town, was go to that clergyman; he knew of my  homelessness and being destitute. STIGMA

Proof of what I am saying can be seen in a law just set by the Governor of Massachusetts.  The law now will now allow “drug offenders” to have their licenses reinstated. New Law Ends Automatic Driver’s License Suspensions For Drug Crimes.  Why did this law change? Because drug users suffered from “stigma” no matter where they went. THINK! WHAT CAN ANYONE DO DAILY WITHOUT A LICENSE?

As a young adult, you may have done something due to peer pressure and experienced a stigma attached to it! The same feeling will be there as you become an alcoholic or user of drugs. The only way to dodge that bullet is to not bend to peer pressure; don’t allow your friend, girlfriend, or boyfriend  bend to peer pressure. Help them stay strong and you could save them from the “stigma” of addiction for the rest of their lives.

For those of us who have experienced addiction, we’ve also experienced stigma in many forms:

  • the eyes of people when they look at you
  • tone of voice when people speak to you
  • no voice–what they leave out
  • the smirk: when they let you know that they know and/or are better than you

Note: Stigma of this kind is unnecessary. By not allowing yourself to choose a path of  alcohol and drug disease, this kind of stigma is prevented. If you have gone down that path and seriously abstain, you can focus on the future and hold your head high.

 

Successful Views of Addiction and Treatments; A-R-E’s 6th Month Anniversary

The purpose and importance of ARE is to communicate the real-life effects of addiction on the common person and society. My intent is to share my real-life experiences so that I can  help young people and adults understand the plight of the homeless (addicted or not) as well as the effect of and cures for alcoholism, depression, and drug addiction.

ARE attempts to explore solutions for pre-addiction and for those who are addicted.

Note: Let me, and the others that contribute to A-R-E’s initiative, know if we helped someone. Positive reinforcement goes a long way.

brianmasters919@gmail.com or the Website’s “contact” tab.

BLOGS THAT  STAND OUT SINCE THE FIRST POST, AUGUST, 2015:

Each post has content that all of us have experienced, seen others experience, or hope that people will never experience. The posts also cover the effect of addiction on people that we had no intent to hurt–such as unborn babies. My hope is that you share the posts with people and organizations that could benefit.

ADDICTION:

REALITY:

EDUCATION AND TREATMENTS:

I am proud of what we started. Just the 4 bullets under Education and Treatments, could save one person. That one person could positively affect dozens more and so on.

Use your imagination. If one young woman or man influenced friends or romantic partners after reading ARE’s blog posts, then we and you made a difference.

This blog started out being called Bare Popa, which means Big Pop. Big Pop was my Great Grand Father, whom I was named after. He was a well respected, no-holds-barred, Irishman who was the Fire Chief of one of the largest cities in NY State. Because addiction is a dilemma, I’ve subtitled the blog is A Real American Dilemma. My editor and I renamed the website to Addiction Reality Education (ARE) because I know education, at an early age, will curb future addiction. In our research, we’ve also found treatments for alcohol addiction.