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 Alcohol Awareness
October 5, 2018

How to Avoid Binge Drinking

There is a lot of information out there about alcohol abuse, alcohol misuse, alcoholism, alcohol dependence, alcohol poisoning, binge drinking, over drinking, and all of the other, many factors that play into alcohol consumption.


Ren Brabenec in Recovery
September 26, 2018

Exercise Offers Benefits for Healthy Living and Recovery

We already know that exercise has great benefits for people. Exercise relieves stress. It boosts mood. Exercise increases body image. Regular exercise releases depression and anxiety. But on top of that, we have now learned irrefutably that exercise improves mental health too.


Ren Brabenec in Opioid Crisis
September 21, 2018

Are Opioid Prescribing Trends Finally Reducing?

The United States is in the midst of struggling with its worst pharmaceutical drug addiction epidemic to date. Pharmaceuticals have been in use for decades, but only in the last fifteen to twenty years have manufacturers significantly increased the production of addictive pharmaceutical drugs.


Why the U.S. is So Low in World Happiness Ratings

Let’s take a moment to examine the overall position of the United States to the rest of the world, not in the ways in which we are perhaps more accustomed, but rather in a way that is perhaps a little more unique.


Ren Brabenec in Opioid Crisis
September 17, 2018

What Doctors Can Do to Curb Opioid Addiction

Doctors and all medical practitioners for that matter need to do their part to reduce the opioid epidemic. This has been a crippling, nightmare of a problem, a problem that has encapsulated a significant percentage of Americans and which has caused endless heartbreak, turmoil, deaths, and socioeconomic destruction.


Ren Brabenec in Drug prevention
September 10, 2018

When in Doubt, Don’t Do Drugs

The title may seem overly simplistic, considering that just about everyone knows that they should not do drugs. Yet, for some reason, there are about twenty-four million people in the United States who are addicted to drugs and alcohol if the assessment of the National Institute on Drug Abuse is worth anything, which it is.


Ren Brabenec in Drug overdoses
September 8, 2018

Adolescent Drug Overdoses Back on the Rise—Addressing a Growing Problem

There’s been a significant climb in drug overdoses amongst people under the age of eighteen. This has cropped up just in the last few years.


Ren Brabenec in Opioid Crisis
September 6, 2018

An Escalating Problem—How Opioid Addiction Cost the Nation Five-hundred and Four-Billion Dollars in 2017

In a recent White House report, the President’s Council of Economic Advisors tabulated information leading to an absolutely shocking discovery on the true costs of the opioid drug addiction epidemic.


Ren Brabenec in Prescription drugs
September 3, 2018

New Restrictions on Painkillers Increase the Illegal Trade of the Drug

The primary reason we are in the drug and alcohol addiction epidemic that we are currently in is that of pharmaceutical drugs. There is no sense sugarcoating this, not when this is very much so the truth of the situation.


Ren Brabenec in Drug Use
August 31, 2018

Drug Abuse and Firearm Deaths—How the Two are Linked

New information indicates that drug abuse and firearm deaths may share an intrinsic relationship. In all honesty, this would not come as much of a surprise. Drug abuse and alcoholism affects many different areas of American life and is the cause of many problems that we face.