“The guy who is changing the way America looks at addiction.”

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Ryan Hampton serves as an outreach lead and recovery advocate for Facing Addiction, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ending the addiction crisis in America. Prior to that, he worked with multiple non-profits across the country and served in a staff capacity for various political campaigns. In 2016, Hampton publicly disclosed his decade-old struggle with heroin and prescription medications, along with his journey in recovery, in an effort to advocate for reform on a national public policy level.

He was an elected delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention from California, specifically advocating for the addiction & recovery community. Hampton produced a 7-part documentary series, Facing Addiction Across America, chronicling his cross-country road trip to the DNC advocating for reform and seeking out other like-minded people in long-term recovery to join the growing movement to end the addiction epidemic.

For his work on the #AddictionXAmerica project, Hampton has been called “the guy who is changing the way America looks at addiction.” His journey has been featured by the Huffington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, CBS, NBC, ABC, Upworthy, Dr. Oz, and the White House. Most recently, Hampton was featured by Forbes Magazine as one of four top social entrepreneurs advancing the nationwide recovery movement.



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The first step to a productive conversation around addiction starts with listening. Listening builds understanding and compassion, uniting families, friends, and loved ones affected by this illness.

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Ryan Hampton

#Advocate4Change + Person in Long Term Recovery from Substance Use Disorder + #AddictionXAmerica + #FacingAddiction + #ChangeAgent + #HuffPo + Views are my own
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Ryan HamptonFriday, March 24th, 2017 at 4:19pm
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Ryan HamptonFriday, March 24th, 2017 at 11:00am
You've made your voice heard in the past. Now we need your help. This request is urgent. The House of Representatives votes on the American Health Care Act today. Some of the changes to the bill under discussion would be devastating for people suffering with substance use disorders.
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Ryan HamptonTuesday, March 21st, 2017 at 3:56pm
"Today, I live freely with peace of mind and I owe everything I have to the process of recovery and a spiritual life. Anyone reading this – just know that recovery is possible and recovery is worth it. A life beyond your wildest dreams is out there for you if you work for it." -David
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Ryan HamptonSunday, March 19th, 2017 at 1:55pm
"This is your brain on drugs," was the message, and I got it. I heard it all, loud and clear. So how did I end up addicted to heroin? (my op-ed via The Huffington Post today)
Ryan Hampton
Ryan HamptonSunday, March 19th, 2017 at 7:50am
"My kids are back in my life, and my middle son tells me, 'mom I am so proud of you, and I am so happy you go to those meetings because I got my mom back.' I work every day on my recovery. And I fight with a fire inside me because to hear those words come from that little boy’s mouth, lets me know that this fight I'm fighting is beyond worth it." -Carmela


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