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.

















How the Author’s Path Started – Brian Masters

Note: I feel you need to know about me, the author of the blogs, my 1st book, Roads to Addiction – Highways to Recovery and my 3rd book “Highway to Homelessness – Road to Recovery”. The events below led to homelessness, drinking, loneliness, depression, anxiety, fear, and a feeling of desperation. Through the events, people, educators, and other factors, my path has changed. NOW, let’s work together and prevent young people and adults from taking the wrong path.

Over three decades, I was married, had one son, helped build 3 companies, and led a happy life. Continue reading “How the Author’s Path Started – Brian Masters”