REN

Ren

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 Sobriety
September 11, 2019

How Social Interaction Can Inspire Sobriety

For some time, addicts, addiction experts, family members of addicts, treatment center employees, scientists, and others have tried to probe the secrets of addiction. For decades, centuries even, mankind has sought to unravel this seemingly universal flaw of human nature—the flaw of addiction.

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Ren in Medication-assisted treatment
September 11, 2019

Why Potentially Addictive Drugs Are Not a “Fix” for Anything

I would hazard to say that America has become the land of the quick fix; the nation where we jump for band-aid approaches and fast solutions to problems. Americans move fast and tend not to linger on things.

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Ren in Information on U.S. States
September 10, 2019

Why Is the World’s Wealthiest Nation Also a World Leader in Drug Overdoses?

The United States is undoubtedly one of the most powerful, wealthiest, and most advanced countries in the world. And while we should always anticipate some shortcomings in even the greatest of nations, it comes as a surprise that the United States takes fifth place in the entire world for drug overdose deaths. The U.S. is ahead of almost all other developed nations for drug overdoses. The U.S. also loses more people per capita to drug overdoses than most third-world countries. How could this be?

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Ren in Drug Prevention
September 9, 2019

Leftover Prescription Drugs Are a Huge Liability

As parents, we want to take every precaution we can to protect our kids from harm. That’s just in our nature. Yet, even in the United States, one of the safest countries in the world, it seems like there is a never-ending array of dangers and risks that our children are faced with.

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Ren in Cannabis
September 8, 2019

Marijuana Legalization Seven Years Later

Where is marijuana legalization taking us? What will be the result of legalization in the years to come for the states that have already legalized? Much of the apprehension over marijuana legalization comes from the fact that we just don’t know what the long-term effects will be.

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Ren in Information on U.S. States
August 21, 2019

What Can We Do to Reduce Drug Use in Our Communities?

While it is true that drug addiction can affect anyone, it is also true that drug use touches down in some communities more than it does in others. What makes certain areas of the U.S. different than others?

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Ren in Cannabis
August 14, 2019

What Do Legalization, Marijuana, and Pregnancy Have in Common?

One of the most concerning things about increasing marijuana legalization is that individual states are quickly legalizing cannabis before truly understanding the potential risks in doing so .

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
August 13, 2019

Medical Marijuana Is Not the Answer to the Opioid Epidemic

As interest in marijuana use has moved forward (partially thanks to state legislation), some proponents of the cannabis movement have said that medical marijuana might be a solution to the opioid epidemic.

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Ren in Alcohol
August 7, 2019

How Does Alcohol Use Affect People Who Don’t Drink?

A common line you hear when trying to recruit someone to help you address any one of the many societal problems that face our nation is this classic phrase: “That problem doesn’t affect me directly; why should I be concerned about it?”

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Ren in Drug Education
August 5, 2019

What about Marijuana Use Is Addictive?

For some time now our country has been in a debate on marijuana. Should we legalize? Shouldn’t we? Is marijuana harmful? Or is it harmless? Is it habit-forming? Or is it a recreational substance with few negative side-effects? Finding common ground on the issue is not easy, and each side has a wealth of data and rhetoric to support their viewpoints.

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