Addiction Across America: A Traveling Web Series

Facing Addiction Across America: A Web Series chronicles the journey of two best friends as they travel from their home state of California to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia recording episodes of their journey.

Ryan and Garrett met in addiction treatment, having experienced first-hand the struggle of addiction and the opportunities that come from living in recovery. Ryan was a delegate to the convention and during the journey with Garrett, he raised bipartisan conversation around addiction issues in America. image1 They talked with Facing Addiction Action Network Members and other people from all different types of communities as they crossed 12 state lines–and political party lines–on their way to Philadelphia.

They spoke with those still struggling with addiction, family members affected, and those who have lost loved ones. They talked with inmates, incarcerated as a direct result of their addiction, successful members of society who have managed to maintain long-term recovery, and everyone in-between.

“After losing four close friends to fatal drug overdoses this year, I decided something needed to change in the way that we view and treat addiction in America. image4In partnership with Facing Addiction, I decided to chronicle my journey to the convention in an effort to create awareness and engage other advocates to tackle the addiction issue head on.”

Ryan and Garrett also shared content on Facing Addiction’s social channels including interviews on Facebook using #AddictionXAmerica.

For more information on Ryan and his journey, visit his site on Huffington Post at: www.huffingtonpost.com/author/hampton-ryan-j-694

*Donations raised  helped fund Facing Addiction’s Action Agenda and were not affiliated with the National Conventions, any political party or any candidate. Facing Addiction is a nonpartisan organization. Ryan shared his experiences for educational purposes only.