About SUPE

Welcome to SUPE

SUPE stands for Substance Use Prevention Education; our goal is to educate people through online technology about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. We want to reach many layers of society so everyone can profit from our knowledge. We believe education is the best way to reduce the number of people needing treatment. This is why we created SUPE, Substance Use Prevention and Education, so everyone can learn about the dangers of drugs and how to help those who may be affected by substance use.

Poor drug education contributed to my outlook on drugs and my past drug use. I created SUPE so others don’t fall victim to the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol.

Marcel Gemme, Founder

Marcel Gemme

Our Story

Our team has worked in addiction recovery for decades, helping people with substance use problems. We have also worked with individuals close to those with a problem with drugs and alcohol, such as parents, friends, and employers. Over time, we observed that taking one person at a time, getting them into treatment, and sometimes they have to do more than one treatment would be impossible to make an impact big enough to reverse this spiral. It does not make a significant difference. Even though we still help people with substance use problems. The solution was to take people before they started using and educate them. A few hours can prevent hundreds of hours of treatment, but more importantly, it prevents the destruction of the life of people abusing drugs and the ones loving them.

Our motto is Live a Drug-Free Life! We believe that people can live happily without drugs. 

Who Will It Serve?

When starting drug education and prevention emerged, the first thought was we needed to do this for kids. But something was missing. Who will teach the kids? the teachers and parents, so we came up with the idea that we also need to teach them how to teach. Then we questioned who deals with someone with possible substance abuse. Police officers, social workers, anyone in the community, and business owners. They all have to deal at some times with employees with substance use problems. We then extended our education and prevention, providing eight topics that make our site one of the most comprehensive drug education and prevention.

Meet Our Team

The Founder

Marcel Gemme

Marcel Gemme

Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with substance use for over 20 years. He started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. In 2004, with drug and alcohol problems constantly increasing, he created his first website to reach and help a more significant number of people. As the need for substance use services continued to grow, in 2009, the website Addicted.org was created under the organization DRS, which has become a leader in North America in substance use resources. Marcel and DRS’s ultimate goal is to provide a threefold approach to substance use and addiction recovery that focuses on education, prevention, and rehabilitation.

Our Editorial Team

Michael Leach

Content Director

Michael Leach brings a wealth of knowledge and heartfelt dedication to his multifaceted role at DRS. As a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) with seven years of specialized experience in addiction treatment, Michael has honed his expertise under the mentorship of the esteemed board-certified Addictionologist, Dr. Rohit Adi. His tenure as the Director of Rehabilitation at New Life Retreat in Louisiana provided him with a robust foundation in managing treatment programs and supporting families through the recovery process. Since joining DRS 4 years ago, Michael has been instrumental in guiding individuals with substance abuse issues towards appropriate treatment options and imparting crucial life skills within a recovery setting. In addition to his hands-on work, Michael serves as the Content Director for the SUPE website, where he oversees the creation and curation of content that is both impactful and rooted in the latest evidence-based practices. His dual role as a clinical expert and content director underscores his commitment to providing comprehensive resources and support for those grappling with addiction.

Nickolaus Hayes

Nickolaus Hayes

Content Specialist

Nickolaus Hayes is a seasoned healthcare professional with a rich background in researching and writing about substance use disorders, a commitment that spans over 15 years. His dedication to disseminating current and accurate information regarding drugs, alcohol, and substance abuse is fueled by a personal journey through a decade-long battle with addiction. Having emerged sober and driven, Nickolaus has channeled his experiences into a life’s mission to support others facing similar struggles with substance use disorders. He extends his expertise as the Content Specialist for the SUPE website, where he is responsible for ensuring that the content meets the highest standards of relevance and integrity. In this role, Nickolaus continues to contribute to the field by providing valuable resources and insights that promote awareness, prevention, and recovery.

Our Education Experts

Dr. Jeremy Cohen

Dr. Jeremy Cohen

Dr. Cohen holds advanced degrees in education, including a Master’s in Special Education, a Master’s in School Leadership, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Innovation. With over a decade of experience in the field of education, Dr. Cohen brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his role as Educational Director of SUPE. He is committed to lifelong learning and continuous improvement, which makes him a perfect fit got the SUPE team. As a devoted parent, Dr. Cohen understands the importance of a quality drug education and is personally invested in ensuring the content in SUPE can be easily taught and more importantly learned.

Ryan Davis

Ryan Davis

Ryan has been in education for over twelve years, the first eight years of his career as a high school social studies teacher at Piscataway High School, in Piscataway, NJ. Since July of 2018, he has been a K-8 curriculum planner at Classical Charter Schools, a network of high-performing charter schools in the South Bronx, NY. Ryan holds both a B.A. and M.Ed. from Rutgers University and is a State Certified Administrator.

Our Community Outreach Team

Jody Boulay

Community Outreach Coordinator

Jody Boulay is the Community Outreach Coordinator for SUPE. With over a decade of experience as a counselor, her career has been dedicated to helping individuals navigate challenges and empowering them to lead fulfilling lives. Her passion for supporting others in achieving personal growth and well-being has always been a driving force in her work. As a parent, she is deeply committed to raising awareness about about the harmful effects of drug and alcohol abuse on mental and physical health. She recognizes that many individuals turn to substances as a response to trauma, and she is determined to advocate for preventive measures to break this cycle of dependency. Collaborating with SUPE, she focuses on reaching out to communities to provide education and resources for substance use prevention.

The Architect

Claudia Gemme

Claudia Gemme

Claudia Gemme is an experienced web developer who is also specialized in animation and video production. She has a passion for helping others and utilizes her talents to bring drug education to life.

Our Mascot

SUPE - The Gentle Dragon

The dragon has a different meaning depending on the part of the world. It is often associated with strength, courage, and good luck. Dragons are also seen as wise and all-knowing creatures. They’re often associated with protection, especially for those who cannot protect themselves. SUPE was the perfect choice to protect people from the harm of drugs and alcohol through education and prevention.

Our Partners

SADD Logo
Henderson Police Department Logo (Texas)
Pascua Yaqui Tribe Logo
Barstow, California logo
Metropolitan Nashville Police Department Logo
Our Children Have Rights Logo
Doerner Investigations Logo
DRS Logo

SUPE IS A NONPROFIT PLATFORM FUNDED AND HOSTED BY DRS. IT IS THE DRUG EDUCATION AND PREVENTION SECTION OF DRS & ADDICTED.ORG.

IT WAS CREATED TO FURTHER DRS’ MISSION TO EDUCATE PEOPLE AND TO PREVENT SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER.