Ren Brabenec

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 Brabenec in Family Help
November 8, 2018

When an Adolescent must Help an Addicted Parent

“It’s a wild world” as the Cat Stevens song goes, and that couldn’t be truer now. We are living in the second decade of the 21st-century, a time period of technological advancement and big, international change. But this has not all been changes for the good.


Drug Use in Middle-Class America

In just about every unpleasant factor or daily occurrence in life, we have the stereotypical concept of what we think of when we think of that thing, and then there is the factor of what actually occurs. Sometimes they are not the same thing.


Ren Brabenec in Drug Addiction
October 30, 2018

Senior Citizens and Drug Addiction

As the drug addiction crisis of 21st century America continues to expand and grow, no demographic has been completely safe from the crippling grip of addiction. Even demographics that would not normally be associated with drug abuse have fallen prey to addiction problems.


Ren Brabenec in Methamphetamine
October 23, 2018

How a Meth House Contaminates the Surrounding Area

When we think of methamphetamine, we often think of just the drug itself, and perhaps the addictions that that drug creates. True enough, that is absolutely something to be concerned about.


Ren Brabenec in Opioid Crisis
October 23, 2018

The Addiction Epidemic, U.S. Politics and Our Way Out

When we examine a problem as big as drug and alcohol addiction across the U.S., we need to come at this from every angle possible. Drug and alcohol addiction in the U.S.


Ren Brabenec in News
October 14, 2018

Drug Overdoses and Organ Donors—A Debatable Issue

Who would have thought that the American overdose epidemic of the 21st century would have led to a “silver lining” of sorts? Yes, though sadness and misery abound as the death toll from drugs peaked sixty-four thousand in 2016, one silver lining in the morass of depression from the death toll…


Ren Brabenec in Recovery
October 3, 2018

Sobriety Is Celebration: How to Stay Sober During the Good, the Bad, and the Everyday

How does one celebrate recovery during the good, the bad, and the everyday? Here we have the real concern, the real question to be asking. This is very relevant, as “how to” and “do it yourself” are highly valued in a recovery setting.


Ren Brabenec in Drug Information
September 28, 2018

In the War on Drugs, Focus on Demand, not on Supply

It’s easy to make mistakes in addressing a problem that is so disheartening and emotionally upsetting as drug and alcohol abuse is. From a one-on-one, familial level all the way up to a nationwide level, mistakes are understood and expected.


Ren Brabenec in Drug information
September 12, 2018

Long-Term Effects: What Drug Use in the Here and Now Does to One's Future

People understand that abusing drugs or drinking to excess has an immediate, instantaneous, negative effect on the user. But what a lot of people do not know are the long-term repercussions of drug use, the extensive health complications that can occur later on in life as a direct result of an individual’s partaking in substances.


Ren Brabenec in Drug information
September 10, 2018

Ecstasy, LSD, and PCP—Hallucinogens Back on the Rise

After years spent in relative disuse, hallucinogenic drugs are growing in popularity once again. Much of this increase has come on the coattails of increased efforts to legalize hallucinogenics, not only in the United States but in other countries too. The increases in interest in such drugs have been most prominent amongst young people, but all age groups have shown interest in hallucinogenic drugs.