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The Voices Project Is Fighting Addiction & Stigma Through Social Media


Thirty-six-year-old Ryan Hampton is using the power of social media to break down the stigma of addiction. Hampton, who has been using virtual connectivity to create a movement and give voice to people struggling with addiction through his role as a recovery advocate with Facing Addiction, has launched his Voices Project, which encourages people to share their stories of addiction, with the goal of putting faces and names to the addiction epidemic.

The Los Angeles resident—and former staffer in the Clinton White House—became hooked on prescription opioids after an injury. It was through his phone that he first reached out for help. And throughout his recovery journey, he continued to use his device to connect with others who were struggling.

“This is the one space


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