American Fix: Inside 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 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.

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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.

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        Inside view of the opioid crisis by former White House staffer Hampton, who was an opioid user for 10 years and is now a recovery advocate."If you do not have substance use disorder," writes the author, "you can be certain that at least one person you know does." The math is likely given the millions of people who are addicted to opioids or are related to those unfortunates. The story is common: Hampton suffered an ankle injury, was prescribed Dilaudid, and came back for second helpings on a prescription from one doctor, and then another, who was glad to help. This opens onto a tale involving a pharmaceutical industry that fudged numbers, sent out legions of salespeople to assure doctors that their prescriptions would be safe, and then reaped vast profits. Following Beth Macy and other observers, Hampton notes that the results have been devastating in small communities. Upon hitting his own bottom, he fell into the orbit of advocate/activist Greg Williams, founder of a recovery group called Facing Addiction that aimed to see that "people like me were treated like human beings, with equal opportunities and equal rights as everyone else." With a background in politics and time spent as a presidential staffer, Hampton has a political take on parts of FA's advocacy. He urges, for instance, that voters be sure that their elected representatives understand how addiction and recovery work, that they're not wholly implicated in what he calls the system of "medically sanctioned mass murder" promoted by drug manufacturers, and that they uphold Eighth Amendment rights so that prisons cannot withhold treatment from jailed addicts: "No more cages, solitary confinement, and zero recovery." Moreover, Hampton calls for a rethinking of recovery programs generally to step away from the 28-day model and instead focus on the long term, with a five-year plan of inpatient treatment, outpatient support, and adequate social and legal protections for addicted people.A solid contribution to the debate surrounding not just the facts of drug addiction, but also the larger implications, societal, political, and economic.

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        The backbone of this book is Hampton's account of his ten-year addiction (he is now in his third year of recovery), from the initial prescription for pain medication for a sore ankle to panhandling for money for heroin to his experiences at treatment centers. Examples from other individuals, interlaced with facts and figures, round out this work to create a powerful treatise. Hampton advocates for changing the model of treating addiction as a result of an individual's weakness to offering supportive therapy for a disease. He especially targets rehab centers for a complete overhaul and is able to take a step back and analyze the thought processes around his actions at any given time. He is now working hard to help others, including policymakers, see the current system's pitfalls before it's too late. VERDICT Using both a dispassionate and passionate voice, Hampton's book is recommended as a powerful advocacy tool for anyone seeking change, health, and equality of service for all.--Elizabeth J. Eastwood, Los Alamos Cty. Lib. Syst., NM

        Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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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.

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