Ryan Hampton is a featured contributor to the Huffington Post on addiction and politics. He currently serves as the Los Angeles outreach lead for Facing Addiction, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ending the addiction crisis in America. Hampton, along with his best friend Garrett Hade, produced a 7-part documentary series, Facing Addiction Across America, chronicling their cross-country journey 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 changing the way America looks at addiction." His journey has been featured by the Huffington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, CBS, NBC, and Dr. Oz.
Garrett Hade serves as the Los Angeles outreach coordinator for Facing Addiction. Additionally, he's the chief financial officer for D4 Strategy, a cross-platform development agency for non-profits and independent brands. Hade is a person in long-term recovery from substance use disorder. In 2012, he co-founded D4 Strategy with his best friend, Ryan Hampton, from their recovery residence in Pompano Beach, FL, where the duo met in treatment for heroin addiction. Hade left Florida shortly after completing his recovery residency and moved to Los Angeles, CA. After losing multiple friends to drug-related overdoses in 2015-2016, Hade rededicated his passion and purpose to advocacy in an effort to put an end to the addiction crisis in America.