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 Dealing with Addiction
October 1, 2020

Challenges that Addicts Face Seeking Treatment During COVID-19

When addicts try to get off drugs and alcohol, they often find themselves coming up against challenges and difficulties. Getting rid of an addiction is not an easy thing to do. Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic is making conditions even more challenging for addicts.

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Ren in National News
September 24, 2020

Drug Overdoses Are Back on the Rise

For the first time in three decades, the United States experienced a dip in drug overdose deaths. It was short-lived, though, as preliminary data from the CDC now indicates that overdoses are back on the rise. What will it take to halt a growing health crisis that has plagued Americans for one-third of a century?

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Ren in National News
September 24, 2020

The Rise of Meth Addiction in America

While most of the nation has been focused on the opiate epidemic, other drug problems have also been on the rise. Meth addiction statistics have soared in recent years, as have meth-related deaths. When will these crises end?

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Ren in Drug Addiction
September 20, 2020

One in Ten Americans Uses Painkillers

It’s a shocking statistic that one in ten Americans uses painkiller drugs. But that is the brutal truth, and it’s a level of use that must be addressed. There is no reason why ten percent of the U.S. population should be prescribed addictive pain drugs, especially without considering the horrific and even potentially fatal side effects of such drugs.

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Ren in Alcohol
September 17, 2020

Alcohol Abuse Increases Risk of Death for Individuals with Heart Conditions

The American Heart Association released findings that showed how people with heart arrhythmia are more likely to die due to drinking to excess. It is a significant revelation by itself, but it's also indicative of the other harmful effects of alcohol consumption on the human body.

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Ren in Alcohol
September 16, 2020

Binge Drinking Defined

Any alcohol consumption has risk, and that risk is exacerbated the more one drinks. But what constitutes binge drinking? Where did the term come from, and why is it called “binge“ drinking?

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Ren in Local News
August 17, 2020

Addiction in Oklahoma and Oklahoma City

Oklahoma may seem like a peaceful, sun-filled land of rolling hills and prairies. But this area also struggles with a severe drug problem. It is a public health crisis that affects cities and rural communities alike.

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Ren in Addiction
August 4, 2020

How Many Addicts Will Die as a Result of COVID-19?

The actual effects of COVID-19 are still being estimated. And we may never know the full extent of harm caused by the pandemic. But while most people are worried about protecting themselves from contracting the virus, what effect is the pandemic having on those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction? What is the impact on those who currently use drugs and alcohol?

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Ren in Recovery
August 4, 2020

Why Is Sleep So Important for Recovery?

The list of daily healthy activities we should maintain is a long one. Most people know that getting a decent night’s rest is essential for our health, but why? Why is sleep crucial to health, and why is it so important for recovering addicts to get plenty of rest?

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Ren in Drug Addiction
July 29, 2020

How Stigma Actually HALTS Progress in Addressing Addiction in America

It’s common for a society to honor and uplift good behavior and to condemn and vilify bad behavior. Unfortunately, some people are confused about the nature of certain human conditions, addiction being one of them. Why is it so harmful to stigmatize and stereotype addicts? And what should people do instead to help addicts?

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