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 Prescription drug abuse
March 11, 2020

Overdoses on the Rise—Prescription Drugs are a Major Concern for Teens

It’s important to make sure that teens and young adults have the best shot at a healthy, happy life. A big part of that means making sure they don’t experiment with drugs and alcohol. But when overdoses are on the rise, parents should implement new strategies to keep their sons and daughters safe.


Ren in Family Addiction
March 11, 2020

What is the Real Effect of the Opiate Epidemic on Children?

The children are the future of society, the guarantee that the human race will go on into the future. Protecting their health is of the utmost importance. How has the opiate epidemic affected children? And what can be done to reverse those effects?


Ren in Drug Rehabilitation
March 9, 2020

Addiction Among Soldiers—Helping Our Servicemen and Women Overcome Substance Abuse

Substance abuse among veterans is a growing problem. As military men and women return from deployment suffering from battlefield trauma, substance abuse becomes more prevalent. For those who struggle with physical injuries and horrific memories of war, drugs and alcohol can seem like a way out.


Ren in Alcohol Abuse
March 2, 2020

Alcohol Abuse in Alaska, America's Last Frontier

One would hardly think that in a land so remote, so beautiful, and, in many ways, so unforgiving, that alcohol addiction would rear its ugly head. But among a certain demographic of Alaska residents, alcohol addiction is a serious problem.


Ren in Marijuana use
March 1, 2020

What is Dabbing? A Guide for Parents

As marijuana legalization has increased, new and risky ways of using cannabis products are coming to the forefront. What do parents need to know to protect their kids?


Ren in Studies
February 28, 2020

Prison Sentences Don’t Help Drug Addicts — A Look at Post-Prison Relapse Rates

There is no clear evidence that incarcerating people who use drugs is the right way to address the drug crisis.


Ren in Information on U.S. States
February 23, 2020

Meth Addiction Soars in South Dakota

South Dakota tried to raise awareness of their meth problem with a controversial ad campaign. They definitely got attention, but it might not have been the attention they were looking for. And at the end of the day, what's really being done to address the drug problem in the state?


Ren in Harm Reduction
February 20, 2020

Scotland's Overdose Epidemic – Finding the Correct Solution

Here's an eye-catching headline: “Where the Nurse Prescribes Heroin." One might think it was the headline to a fictional piece, a dystopian essay or novel on what life would be like if full-scale drug use permeated our society.


Ren in Alcohol Abuse
February 18, 2020

Safe Driving – The Importance of Getting There Alive

It's important to learn the truth about drunk and drugged driving, the harm involved, what precipitates such decisions, and what people can do to prevent the lethal phenomena of under-the-influence driving.


Ren in Alcohol Abuse
February 16, 2020

Closing the Addiction Treatment Gap

Though millions of Americans struggle with addiction, only a small percentage ever actually get help with qualified treatment. What is the "Treatment Gap?" And how can we close this gap for good?