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. or the Website’s “contact” tab.


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.




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.

















Medical school opioid prevention: On the right track, but the needs are NOW!

Young people and adults who are not using addictive drugs and or have depression need an eye opener before control is lost. I have lost two friends just this year from either depression, drugs, or both. I speculate that if they touch real life experiences of peers, their paths might be changed. Mandatory courses, starting in high school, and meeting survivors, and visiting shelters and detox hospitals could change a person’s path.

The intention of  medical schools to teach new doctors about opioid prescription and addiction should be embraced. We can not afford to let two to three years of medical training go by before potential victims succumb to addiction caused by genetics or the environment. According to the article, Continue reading “Medical school opioid prevention: On the right track, but the needs are NOW!”