Three years into recovery from a decade-long opioid addiction, Ryan Hampton has been rocketed to the center of America’s rising recovery advocacy movement. He is now a leading face and voice of addiction recovery and is leading the national conversation about addiction. With content that reaches over 1 million people a week, Ryan is breaking down cultural barriers that have kept people suffering in silence and is inspiring a digital revolution of people recovering out loud through his #VoicesProject. He’s also advocating for solutions and holding public policy makers accountable.
He was part of the core team that released the first-ever U.S. Surgeon General’s report on addiction and was singled out by Forbes as a top social media entrepreneur in the recovery movement. Ryan connects a vast network of people who are passionate about ending the drug epidemic in America. His writing on recovery and addiction-related issues regularly go viral in online journals such as HuffPost and The Hill and his interviews have appeared on NPR and HLN, and in Forbes, Slate, the Wall Street Journal, and others.
Ryan Hampton also serves as an outreach lead and recovery activist for Facing Addiction, America’s leading non-profit dedicated to ending the addiction crisis in the United States. In 2016, Ryan created the web series Facing Addiction Across America, documenting his 30 day, 28 state, 8,000-mile cross-country trip visiting areas hit hardest by the addiction crisis. His first book, American Fix: Inside the Opioid Addiction Crisis and How to End It published by St. Martin’s Press, was released nationwide in August 2018.Download Bio
American FixInside the Opioid Addiction Crisis - and How to End It
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Nearly every American knows someone who has been affected by the opioid epidemic, or has been affected themselves. Addiction is a trans-partisan issue that impacts individuals from every walk of life, fueled by a powerful pharmaceutical industry with a direct financial interest in encouraging the abuse of prescription painkillers. Millions of Americans, tired of watching their loved ones die while politicians ignore this issue, offering platitudes instead of plans, are asking themselves: Where is the solution? Where is the hope? Where's the outrage?
Why I Started Facing Addiction Out Loud: From Black Tar Heroin To Barack Obama, My Double Life Was Killing Me From a rising political star and White House staffer to homeless and addicted to heroin, Ryan Hampton is a young man sick and tired of watching his friends die and community ripped apart. Learn why he’s on a permanent campaign to change America’s thinking about addiction.
Don’t Call Me An Addict Ryan Hampton believes that the way we talk about addiction can determine whether someone gets the help they need, or die. Shame and discrimination are still deeply rooted in our culture when it comes to addiction and you don’t have to look much further than the language we use to see it.
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- President Bill Clinton
“Gives government leaders on both sides of the aisle smart common sense solutions to consider.”
- Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, advisor to Advocates for Opioid Recovery
“Shows how we can help more people make it out of addiction.”
- Brandon Novak, professional skateboarder, and person in recovery from opioids
“A gripping, necessary story. Incredible, a clarion call for our generation.”
- Anna David, bestselling author and person in long term recovery