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 Drug-Related News
January 10, 2019

Are Safe Injection Sites Really the Answer?

Turn on the news any day of the week and you’ll witness all manner of controversy and “juicy drama.” Let’s face it, drama and controversy sell airtime, regular events and good news do not. So it was really no surprise to me when I turned to U.S.

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Ren in Alcohol
January 6, 2019

Are There Different Levels of Alcohol Addiction?

One concept that gets tossed around is this idea of there being different “levels” of drinking. This could lead to the conclusion that some types of drinking are “okay,” and others are not. You see this show up in common phrases such as “problem drinking,” “drinking to get drunk,” “trouble drinking,” “daily drinking,” “at-risk drinking,” “binge drinking,” “excessive drinking,” etc.

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Ren in Drug-Related News
January 4, 2019

More Than Just Opioid Overdoses: Psychostimulant Abuse and Overdose Now on the Rise

Today, overdose statistics are at all-time highs, and not just with opioids either. Addicts are overdosing on psychostimulants too, drugs like meth, cocaine, amphetamine, crack, etc.

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Ren in Drugs and Crime
January 3, 2019

Drug and Alcohol Addiction Rests at the Foundation of a Crumbling Society

The 21st-century might not have brought flying cars, convenient space travel, or the utopian, science fiction world that many pop culture books and movies from the 1900s might have indicated that it would. But the 21st-century did bring with it a lot of problems.

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Ren in Dealing with Addiction
December 30, 2018

How Should We Treat Addicts in Our Society?

We can all agree that our nation is struggling with a difficult substance abuse crisis. But what we can’t seem to agree on is how we are going to address this problem. Time and time again, we have the proof displayed for all to see that rampant incarceration, stereotyping, and criminalization of drug users does not work.

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Ren in Drug Rehab
December 27, 2018

Addiction Rehab Centers Rebuild Lives

When we think of drug and alcohol rehab centers, what is our first thought? Most likely, our first and only thought is that drug and alcohol rehab centers are places where people go to get off of drugs and alcohol.

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Ren in Drug Information
December 16, 2018

What is Kratom?

A growing drug trend has surfaced in the U.S. which supports the use of an organic drug called kratom. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, kratom is the term for the tropical tree (Mitragyna speciosa) . This tree is native to Southeast Asia.

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Ren in Drug Abuse Information
December 14, 2018

The Real Story Behind Opioid “Abuse-Deterrent” Pain Relievers

According to The Associated Press , eleven “abuse-deterrent” opioid pain reliever drugs are available, with thirty more in development. Talk to any doctor in America today about pain relief, and odds are you’ll hear the phrase, “abuse-deterrent” more than once.

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Ren in Cannabis
December 3, 2018

Drug Abuse on College Campuses: What College Students are Doing on the Drug Scene

When we think of college campuses, the upper echelon of educational attainment in the United States, a bunch of students smoking marijuana is not the first concept that comes to mind. However, on hundreds of colleges across the country, cigarette smoking is in rapid decline as marijuana use increases steadily.

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Ren in Drug Prevention
November 30, 2018

The Average First Age of Drug Use: A Crucial Number in Addressing the Drug Crisis

When we consider the prospect of young adult substance abuse, many factors must be kept in mind. When young people misuse drugs and alcohol, they take on pretty serious risk, potentially even more risk than any other age range does.

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