After working in addiction treatment for several years, Ren now travels the country, studying drug trends and writing about addiction in our society. Ren is focused on using his skill as an author and counselor to promote recovery and effective solutions to the drug crisis. Connect with Ren on LinkedIn.

Ren in Drug Addiction
March 24, 2020

Drug Use Consistently Underreported Study Shows

A recent study highlighted the large gap between reported drug use when questioned and later quantitative tests on provided samples.


Ren in Effects on children
March 23, 2020

Alcohol and Drug Use Prior to Conception by Females AND Males Increase Risks To Pregnancy

New data suggests that what parents do before they even conceive can have an effect on future children. What do parents need to know in order to be the best parents that they can possibly be?


Ren in Drug Rehab
March 12, 2020

Methadone Deaths on the Rise – When Drugs are Used to Treat Addiction

Methadone is seen by some as a solution to heroin and opioid addiction; increasingly it's becoming a death sentence.


Ren in Dealing with Addiction
March 11, 2020

What Actually Happens During an Opiate Overdose?

Opiate overdoses are likely the greatest fear any parent or family member has for their addicted loved one. But what actually happens during an overdose? Read on to find out.


Ren in Recovery
February 29, 2020

The Value of the Arts in Recovery — Part #2

For many addicts in recovery, engaging in the fine arts can be a significant boon to their recovery.


Ren in Opioid Crisis
February 26, 2020

One Percent of Doctors Responsible for 25 Percent of Opiate Prescriptions – A Look at Overprescribing

Sometimes we want to blame the medical community for the opiate epidemic our nation is now stuck in. But as it turns out, the vast majority of doctors have nothing to do with the overprescribing of addictive pain meds. In fact, only a small percentage of doctors are contributing to this serious problem.


Ren in Recovery
February 23, 2020

The Value of the Arts in Recovery – Part #1

Just about everyone enjoys listening to music. Music makes people feel good. Listening to music is calming, relaxing, soothing, enlightening, uplifting. Listening to music is simply a fun thing to do. There are hundreds of music styles and millions of different songs out there.


Ren in National News
February 22, 2020

What is the Real Scope of Drug Deaths in America?

Every year we're given clear reports on drug deaths in America. But new data suggests that these reports have severely underestimated the real crisis of drug fatalities across the 50 states.


Ren in Drug-Related News
February 4, 2020

The War on Drugs – An Ongoing Issue

The War on Drugs has often been called one of the most unpopular criminal justice reform policies in recent U.S. history. Begun in the early-1970s and accelerated in the 1980s and 1990s, the War on Drugs was a Nixon-era policy that declared drug abuse as “public enemy number one.”


Ren in News
February 2, 2020

Seattle, Addiction, and Getting Addicts Help

There are lots of ideas about how to tackle addiction, many of them excellent ideas. But one concept is agreed upon amongst a considerable majority of Americans: We need to move away from the constant criminalization and incarceration of addicts and drug users.