Does Family Intervention Work Without a Certified Interventionist?

Frequently, after researching interventions, families decide that they can go it alone, without a professional. In this case, the family members and close friends plan and perform an intervention without hiring a professional interventionist. But is this wise?


Is 2021 Going to See an Increased Need for Rehabilitation and Family Intervention?

The treatment gap in the United States is quite large, per the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The strategies used to increase access to effective treatment involve achieving insurance parity, reducing stigma, and raising awareness among both patients and healthcare professionals of the value of addiction treatment.


Alcohol Intervention and Having a Successful Intervention

An alcohol intervention is a professionally led meeting with the help of an interventionist to discuss a loved one's drinking behaviors and how it impacts them and the people around them.


Ren in Drug Policy
January 14, 2021

Oregon Decriminalizes Drugs—How Increasing Access to Treatment is a Must

The presidential election was not the only important voting issue on November 3rd, 2020. In the state of Oregon, voters came together and voted to decriminalize drugs. What does that mean?



The Drug Overdose Epidemic

While deaths from COVID-19 are front-page news on a daily basis, another national public health crisis, overdose deaths from the use of illicit drugs, is growing. For many, the correlation represents strong evidence that another painful result of the pandemic is an increase in deaths from drug addiction.


Ren in Alcohol
December 30, 2020

Safe on The Roads—Drunk Driving Rises During Holidays

Drunk driving is always a risk because there are, unfortunately, always some drunk drivers on the road.


Ren in Cannabis
December 23, 2020

Increased Marijuana Use Among Young People—What Are the Long Term Effects?

Two coinciding factors are currently worrying public health experts regarding teen and adolescent health. First off, marijuana use among young people is growing. Second, it is becoming increasingly apparent that marijuana use among young people is particularly harmful to them.


Ren in Heroin addiction
December 21, 2020

Opioid Marketing Ultimately Results in Heroin Epidemic

There is no mistaking that the massive push to manufacture, distribute, and prescribe opioid pain relievers in the late-1990s and early-2000s was a huge mistake. It’s known that opioid pharmaceuticals have caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans. But what about the more sinister, under-reported harmful effects of the prescription opioid epidemic, like the surge in heroin addiction?


Ren in Prescription drugs
December 15, 2020

Americans Still Receive Too Many Opioid Painkillers

While opioid prescribing has declined slightly in recent years, Americans still receive far too many of these drugs—and way too easily.


Ren in Drug Prevention
December 3, 2020

What You Can Do to Prevent Drug Overdoses in 2020

There is no denying that 2020 has been a challenging year for many Americans. For those who struggle with addiction, this is even more true.