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 Prevention
June 6, 2021

Experimentation with Drugs in Youth Linked to Addiction in Adulthood

Most parents want to do everything they can to ensure their children grow up to lead healthy, productive, successful lives. That goal acts as a driving force behind how parents raise their children and the day-to-day actions that parents take in doing so.


Ren in Alcohol Abuse
June 2, 2021

What are the Signs of an Alcohol Overdose?

We often hear news stories about drug overdoses, about the rise in drug-related fatalities across America, and how we should respond to them. But what about alcohol overdoses, alcohol poisoning? It’s important to understand that alcohol poisonings do occur, and that they are extremely dangerous. It’s essential to know what the signs and symptoms of alcohol overdoses are and what to do if a loved one or friend has binge drunk to the point of an alcohol overdose.


Ren in Drug Abuse Information
April 29, 2021

What Is the Scope of Drug Abuse in Oklahoma?

While it is true that each state in the U.S. struggles with some degree of drug addiction among its residents, drug use trends differ, state-to-state. What does drug abuse look like in a mostly rural state like Oklahoma?


Ren in Drug Abuse Information
April 24, 2021

Binge Drinking, Drug Use, and Nightclubs—A Close Connection

Why must drinking, drug use, and dancing so often go hand in hand? Would it be possible to create and support a nightclub scene that does not seem to necessitate drinking or drug use?


Ren in Alcohol Abuse
April 23, 2021

Alcohol Misuse—A Growing Health Concern for Women

Historically, alcohol misuse has affected men far more than women. Today, while alcohol abuse still affects more men than it does women, the gap is closing, and women are becoming increasingly afflicted with alcohol addiction.


Ren in Alcohol Abuse
April 7, 2021

How to Talk to a Loved One About Their Drinking

Alcohol is unique in that, while it is most definitely a mind-altering substance, its use is also quite normalized in day-to-day life. Where do you draw the line? How do you know what qualifies as alcohol use and what qualifies as misuse?


Ren in Prescription drug abuse
March 19, 2021

New Data Shows Use of Psychoactive Prescription Drugs Among Young People Creates a Risk for Addiction

Young people are experimenting with psychoactive pharmaceutical drugs in increasing numbers, creating serious health risks as a result.


Ren in Studies and Reports
February 25, 2021

New Study Predicts Higher Risk for COVID-19 Among Addicts

A new study just confirmed that people who misuse drugs and alcohol are at a greater risk of contracting COVID-19. What does this mean for addiction treatment in 2021?


Ren in Alcohol
February 24, 2021

Alcohol Misuse and Cancer Risk—Another Reason to Put the Bottle Down

For some time it was thought that alcohol misuse contributed to cancer risk. What does current science say about this? And most importantly, what can people who are addicted to alcohol do to avoid cancer risk?


Ren in Sobriety
February 15, 2021

The Health Benefits of Giving Up Alcohol For Good

Alcohol is one of the few consumable items that most Americans partake in that has zero health benefits and several health risks. What are some of the health benefits of giving up alcohol for good?