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 Youth Drug Use
November 11, 2021

Debunking Stimulant Abuse for “Improved College Performance”

Years have gone by and the myth of prescription stimulant use for “improved college performance“ still exists among college students seeking to boost their test scores. Finally, there is enough scientific data on the real effects of misusing prescription stimulants to firmly indicate what really happens when college students experiment with these drugs.


Ren in Professionals and addiction
October 28, 2021

Drug and Alcohol Addiction in Aviation

Substance abuse negatively affects every American industry through critical harms like: Lost productivity. Workplace accidents. Injuries. Missed work. Excessive sick days. Low morale. Interpersonal conflicts. Increased illness.


Ren in Drug Abuse
September 23, 2021

The Myth of Functional Addiction

Drug and alcohol addiction are serious crises of the body and mind that can affect anyone. Even managers and business owners, persons who appear to be doing well in their chosen careers, can fall prey to addiction.


Ren in Professionals and addiction
September 16, 2021

Drug Addiction in Professional Sports

Drug addiction can appear in all walks of life, even among the very successful. Given the psychological stress and the physical demands of professional sports, even America’s top athletes can sometimes become addicted to opioid pain relievers, alcohol, and other mind-altering substances.


Ren in Marijuana
March 13, 2021

Cannabis Use and Unemployment

Is there a connection between cannabis use and unemployment?


Ren in Addiction
March 11, 2021

Addiction Among Doctors

The prevalence of addiction among medical doctors exceeds that of the general population. Why do doctors fall prey to addiction? How important is it that they get help as soon as possible?


Ren in Professionals and addiction
February 25, 2021

Addiction Puts a Successful Career at Risk

It isn't just impoverished individuals who become addicted to drugs and alcohol. Anyone, from any walk of life, can become addicted, including people who have successful careers. However, no one can use drugs and alcohol AND manage a successful career for long.


Ren in Professionals and addiction
February 23, 2021

Drug Addiction Has Unequal Impact on Differing Careers

Is it possible to predict someone's risk for developing a drug addiction or an alcohol addiction based on the type of career they have? Do some professions exhibit more drug or alcohol misuse among employees than others? And if so, what unique factors about those industries lead people who work in them to misuse substances?


Ren in Drug overdoses
February 20, 2021

2020 Brings Record High Drug Overdoses

Drug and alcohol addiction is always dangerous. In 2020, it was even more dangerous. How do we know this? Because more people died from drug overdoses in 2020 than in any other year on record.


Ren in Professionals and addiction
February 18, 2021

Addiction Among Legal Professionals

Addiction to drugs and alcohol can manifest in any workforce. This article looks at the prevalence of substance abuse among legal professionals.