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 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.


Ren in Prescription drugs
January 14, 2021

Pharmacies— Do They Help or Harm in the Opioid Epidemic?

What role have pharmacies played in the opioid epidemic? How have they contributed to it? How have they worked against it?


Ren in Opioid Crisis
December 26, 2020

Two Decades Later—Why Are Americans Still Dying from Opiate Overdoses?

The opioid epidemic in the United States first began to develop at the turn of the century. Now a National Public Health Emergency, this crisis has been ongoing for over two decades.


Ren in Sobriety
December 17, 2020

Why You Should Say No to Alcohol This Holiday Season

Holidays are a time when people often drink to excess, and that can lead to a host of problems such as drunk driving, fights with family, alcohol poisoning, possibly even the first step towards addiction. Might it be a good idea to commit to a sober or “dry” holiday this time around?