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 Opioid Crisis
May 6, 2019

How Public Interest Groups Can Reduce the Prescription Drug Addiction Epidemic

For some time now we have known that our nation’s drug crisis will not resolve with only government action alone. It’s become apparent, now twenty years into the largest addiction epidemic that our country has likely ever seen, that curbing drug addiction within our communities will take community action, as well as federal and state support.


Ren in News
May 3, 2019

Evidence Now Links Kratom to Overdose Deaths

In an age where the legality and use of drugs are heatedly debated, it’s big news when new data comes out regarding a popular drug and the real risks that its use carries. Case in point, there is a new development in the works regarding kratom, a natural, plant-based drug native to Southeast Asia.


Ren in Drug Information
May 1, 2019

Marijuana Addiction—Very Real, Very Dangerous

Is marijuana addictive? That query is easily one of the most frequently asked questions in the addiction and behavioral health space. I hear it on an almost daily basis. And as for its answer… well, there are as many opinions and viewpoints on that subject as there are people who have them.


Ren in Information on U.S. States
April 25, 2019

Addiction and the Workplace

In a nation where drug and alcohol addiction has become commonplace, it is not that surprising that addiction would make its way into the workplace. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2017 about 19.7 million people in the U.S. struggled with drug and alcohol addiction.


Ren in Alcohol
April 17, 2019

Alcohol Awareness Month 2019

Innovated, funded, and sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Alcohol Awareness Month was first established in 1987 to help reduce the stigma associated with alcohol addiction. The driving force behind Alcohol Awareness Month was to encourage communities to reach out to the American public every April, for the duration of the month, with information and resources on alcohol, alcoholism, and recovery.


Ren in Drug Prevention
April 13, 2019

How to Talk to Your Teen about Drugs

The importance of parents talking to their kids about drugs and alcohol is pretty well-known. But how do we do this? I know for a fact that plenty of experts stress the importance of having these conversations. But few say how to actually have these conversations.


Ren in Family Addiction
April 11, 2019

How to Talk to Your Spouse about Drugs

Few challenges are more difficult than when we face the prospect of talking to a family member or loved one who is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. These issues are some of the hardest. Someone you care about very much is using a substance that will eventually kill them if they don’t stop.


Ren in Information on U.S. States
April 6, 2019

Ignored Warnings and Kentucky’s Drug-Related Diseases

When we think about drug and alcohol addiction and the drug crisis in general, odds are our thoughts and minds go instantly to the death toll of drug use and the families harmed by such losses. And that makes sense. Drug use cannot do more significant harm than claim the lives of those who struggle with such habits.


Ren in Health risks
March 28, 2019

How to Heal from a Surgery While Avoiding Addiction Risk from Painkillers

No one wants to undergo surgery, but it is sometimes necessary or desirable. Anything from a simple wisdom teeth removal to an appendectomy for a ruptured appendix or a C-Section for a pregnancy complication, all of these count as surgeries.


The U.S. Has the Highest Rate of Overdose Deaths Among Developed Nations

By now it is no new story that the United States is struggling with a pretty severe drug overdose problem. At this time, tens of thousands of people are dying from drug overdoses every year. Though statistics have not yet been tabulated for 2018, more than 70,200 people died from overdoses in 2017.