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American Fix

American Fix

Inside the Opioid Addiction Crisis - and How to End It

Ryan Hampton

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Nearly every American knows someone who has been affected by the opioid crisis. Addiction is a trans-partisan issue that impacts individuals from every walk of life. Millions of Americans, tired of watching their loved ones die while politicians ignore this issue. Where is the solution? Where is the hope? Where's the outrage?

Ryan Hampton is a young man who has made addiction and recovery reform his life's mission. Through the wildly successful non-profit organization Facing Addiction, Hampton has been rocketed to the center of America’s rising recovery movement—quickly emerging as the de facto leader of the national conversation on addiction. He understands firsthand how easy it is to develop a dependency on opioids, and how destructive it can quickly become. Now, he is waging a permanent campaign to change our way of thinking about and addressing addiction in this country.

In American Fix, Hampton describes his personal struggle with addiction, outlines the challenges that the recovery movement currently faces, and offers a concrete, comprehensive plan of action towards making America’s addiction crisis a thing of the past.

INTRODUCTION


WHAT’S THE TRUE SCOPE OF THE OPIOID CRISIS? WHEN I try to describe it to someone who hasn’t experienced it themselves, I find myself falling back on the terms we use to encompass genocide, natural disasters, and global...

Praise for American Fix

“The opioid crisis affects so many all across America — I’m proud that Ryan found help and is now helping others.”
-President Bill Clinton

"You can feel Ryan Hampton's passion, outrage, and hope. American Fix is the social justice call to action we need to put an end to this generation's most urgent public health crisis. This book will make you rethink everything you know about addiction."
-Van Jones, Author, CNN Host, and Founder of #cut50 and the Dream Corps

“Ryan’s story gives government leaders on both sides of the aisle smart commonsense solutions to consider. Hopefully, by writing American Fix, Ryan will make even more strides in breaking down the entrenched bias and stigma that are America’s biggest barriers to long-term recovery.”
-former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, advisor to Advocates for Opioid Recovery

“Ryan's journey breaks the mold. Not only does he overcome the insidious shame associated with addiction and speak out in this book, he is dead set on inciting a revolution, and he's going to bring you with him whether you know it yet or not!"
-Greg Williams, Filmmaker of The Anonymous People & Co-Founder of Facing Addiction

"In American Fix, Ryan Hampton turns a highly personal decision into a highly public mission. He blows the doors wide-open on his own recovery journey and brings many of the sacred cows in addiction treatment with him."
-Laurie Dhue, national recovery advocate and former CNN, MSNBC and Fox News anchor

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“The opioid crisis affects so many all across America — I’m proud that Ryan found help and is now helping others.”
-President Bill Clinton

"You can feel Ryan Hampton's passion, outrage, and hope. American Fix is the social justice call to action we need to put an end to this generation's most urgent public health crisis. This book will make you rethink everything you know about addiction."
-Van Jones, Author, CNN Host, and Founder of #cut50 and the Dream Corps

“Ryan’s story gives government leaders on both sides of the aisle smart commonsense solutions to consider. Hopefully, by writing American Fix, Ryan will make even more strides in breaking down the entrenched bias and stigma that are America’s biggest barriers to long-term recovery.”
-former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, advisor to Advocates for Opioid Recovery

“Ryan's journey breaks the mold. Not only does he overcome the insidious shame associated with addiction and speak out in this book, he is dead set on inciting a revolution, and he's going to bring you with him whether you know it yet or not!"
-Greg Williams, Filmmaker of The Anonymous People & Co-Founder of Facing Addiction

"In American Fix, Ryan Hampton turns a highly personal decision into a highly public mission. He blows the doors wide-open on his own recovery journey and brings many of the sacred cows in addiction treatment with him."
-Laurie Dhue, national recovery advocate and former CNN, MSNBC and Fox News anchor

American Fix is uplifting, hopeful, and motivating. Ryan’s voice and his personal story of recovery will empower millions to change their lives for the better.”
-Chris Herren, former NBA professional basketball player, author of Basketball Junkie, and person in recovery from opioids

"Ryan Hampton, who shares his story in order to create change, is a great inspiration to me. American Fix shows what's possible in recovery, and how we can help more people and their families make it out of addiction."
-Brandon Novak, New York Times bestselling author of Dreamseller, world-renowned professional skateboarder, and person in recovery from opioids

American Fix is a gripping, necessary story told by an advocate whose faith is exceeded only by his passion. Ryan Hampton works to bring light to a subject shrouded in stigma and darkness.”
-Anna David, New York Times bestselling author and woman in long term recovery

"As someone who has experienced the problem of addiction from both sides, I'm able to attest to our woefully inadequate system of treatment, criminal justice and rehabilitation. Ryan Hampton’s book is a powerful and timely contribution to understanding the dimensions of this crisis—and what we can do about it."
-Michael Botticelli, White House Drug Czar, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President Obama

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Ryan Hampton

Ryan Hampton is a national addiction recovery advocate and person in sustained recovery. He has worked with multiple nonprofits across the country and served in a staff capacity for various political campaigns. A former White House staffer, Hampton is in recovery from ten years of active opioid use. He is a leading voice in America's recovery movement. His interviews have appeared on NPR and HLN, and in the New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes, Slate, The Wall Street Journal, and others. American Fix is his first book.

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