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 Rehab
March 25, 2020

America Has a Drinking Problem

Headlines abound with concerning messages about alcohol abuse. Almost daily we see another report on alcohol-related deaths, drunk driving accidents, alcohol misuse in the home, etc. Does America have a drinking problem?


Ren in Drug-Related News
February 28, 2020

Doubling Down on Danger — More Addicts Using Fentanyl and Meth

Any type of drug use carries risk with its use. But when someone uses more than one drug at once, they increase their chances of suffering a serious accident, injury, or overdose. And unfortunately, that is exactly what's happening with people who use fentanyl and meth.


Ren in Dealing with Addiction
December 2, 2018

Stereotypes—Is Calling Someone Addicted to Drugs or Alcohol a Substance ’Abuser’ Harmful?

Drug and alcohol addiction has become so commonplace in society that even the most rural of states experience something to do with addiction. The language of addiction has been changing rapidly as more people experience significant exposure to these habits.


Ren in Drug Information
November 28, 2018

Steroids Do More Than Build Muscle? What Steroids Really Do

In the morass of 21st-century drug addiction epidemics in the U.S., steroid abuse seems like just another problem that we have to contend with. The issue is a bit grimmer than that though.


Ren in Drug-Related News
November 12, 2018

Suicide and Substance Abuse: A Grim Connection

The media and the experts will openly discuss much when it comes to the health and vitality of the American people in modern-day America, but there is a lot that gets swept under the rug.


Ren in Drug Education
November 6, 2018

Parents are More Concerned About Teen Drug Use in the 21st Century

It is fully within parents’ nature to worry about their kids. That just comes with the job. Whether their kids are toddlers or tots, teens or adults, parents hold worry in their hearts, concern in their minds, and a constant feeling for how their children are doing and where they are at in life. As the times change and as the difficulties that taunt our country change, so do the feelings of worry that parents have for their kids.


Ren in National News
October 26, 2018

Three Million Americans Now Have Hepatitis C Thanks to Drug Abuse

We live in a day and age where, though medicine has never been so advanced, we also face deadly diseases and pathogens that pose a great risk to our health and livelihood. Take for example hepatitis C, a sexually transmitted, blood-borne infection that was thought to be well under control.


Ren in Drug-Related News
October 20, 2018

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Skyrockets in the Military

While one would likely have to have been living under a rock not to be aware of the current drug addiction epidemic that our country is struggling with, there are the key, specific areas of drug abuse that are likely not that well understood.


Ren in Dealing with Addiction
October 13, 2018

How to Save the Life of Someone Who’s Overdosing on Opioids

Now that more than forty-thousand Americans die from overdosing on opiates every year, health experts and law enforcement officials alike strongly encourage civilians to become educated on how to respond to an overdose situation.


Ren in Prescription drugs
September 29, 2018

Painkiller Addicts Need Longer Detox Periods

New research indicates irrefutable evidence of what many addiction experts have been concerned about for some time. When opioid addicts go to rehab for treatment, the vast majority of the time they are not getting detoxification services that are long enough to ensure an effective detoxification off of those substances.