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 Education
July 10, 2019

The Importance of Drug Education in Schools

It has been said that a society is built on the quality of its education and that society is torn down when ignorance outweighs its knowledge. The United States ranks 17th in the world for student performance in reading, math, and science, according to The Guardian.


Ren in Drug Abuse Information
July 4, 2019

Addiction in the Work Force—Raising Awareness of Substance Abuse in the Working Class Industries

Drug and alcohol addiction has become a constant, regular presence in American society. Sometimes it feels as though everywhere we look, in every social circle or group we are involved with, there is someone who struggles with some kind of habit.


Ren in Cannabis
July 3, 2019

What Happens to People Who Use Marijuana in Their Adolescent Years?

One important piece of data is that drug experimentation can be more damaging for young people than adults. Young people tend to be more impulsive, more likely to take risks when under the influence, etc. Furthermore, drug use has a potent effect on the body of a young person, creating great danger for developing an addiction.


Ren in Dealing with Addiction
July 1, 2019

What to Do When Your Addicted Loved One Says, “I Don’t Have a Problem”

When someone struggles with drug addiction or alcoholism, getting that person help becomes the priority. Addiction is a lethal crisis—something that claims the lives of thousands of people every year. There’s no telling when a deadly overdose or accident could come about.


Ren in Legislation
June 14, 2019

Justice for Drug Addicts

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 130 people die from overdoses on opioid drugs every day. Such opioids include pharmaceutical pain relievers, heroin, fentanyl, and synthetic hybrid combinations of different opioid drugs.


Ren in Family Addiction
June 13, 2019

A Checklist for Helping an Addicted Loved One Seek Treatment

Helping a loved one overcome a drug habit or alcoholism is no walk in the park. It can be a real challenge and an ongoing one. When you are trying to help your loved one, trying to convince them to get better, it helps to have tips, tools, and techniques at your disposal.


Ren in Information on U.S. States
June 12, 2019

The Regions with the Least Significant and Most Significant Drug Problems—A Comparison

When we look at the news and general media discourse regarding drug and alcohol addiction, the subject matter is not that encouraging. It is easy enough to find headlines on “The Top Five States Most Affected by Drug Addiction,” or “The Three States with the Worst Drug Overdose Problems,” or “These Ten Cities Have the Most Drug Use in the Country,” and so on.


Ren in Family Addiction
June 10, 2019

Should Parents with Addictions Be Allowed to Keep Their Kids?

One of the seemingly unsolvable problems, a paradox of sorts, is whether or not people who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction should be allowed to maintain custody of their kids. It becomes a moral question and a hotly debated one.


Ren in Drug Addiction
May 30, 2019

Why Can’t We Legalize Drugs?

The legalization debate is probably one of the most heated and contentious arguments on the subject of drugs. I have a hard time thinking of another topic in the area that is discussed as often or to such a great length as the legalization debate.


Ren in Prescription drug abuse
May 29, 2019

Do We Really Need Addictive Pharmaceutical Drugs?

Let’s take a minute to openly and honestly ask, “Do we really need to use addictive pharmaceuticals to be healthy? Would it be possible to address physical pain without having to turn to potent prescription drugs?“ Just a cursory glance at news headlines these days will show us…