The team of contributors

Our contributors keeping the articles live and lovely. The team is always sharing the relevant articles and weaving a path to recovery.

Amelia Sharp
Amelia Sharp is a content specialist at American Addiction Centers (AAC). She has worked in the mental health field for over five years and focuses on creating helpful and informative content for large-scale companies. To expand her reach to companies across the nation, Amelia founded Optics Content Strategy, LLC. With an expansive background in ghost writing, journalism, medical writing and professional editing, she is passionate about helping those in the behavioral health field receive the help they need and equip themselves with accurate information about mental health conditions.
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Editorial Staff
The editorial staff of is comprised of addiction content experts from and affiliated with American Addiction Centers. Our editors and medical reviewers have over a decade of cumulative experience in medical content editing and have reviewed thousands of pages for accuracy and relevance. Our reviewers consistently monitor the latest research from SAMHSA, NIDA, and other reputable sources to provide our readers the most accurate content on the web.
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Gabriel Espinoza
Gabriel Espinoza, MD received his medical education at the University of California, Davis. During his training, he cared for patients suffering from addiction and withdrawal symptoms in emergency and critical care settings. He also has personal experience in various forms of rehabilitation and the utility of 12-step programs in recovery. Dr. Espinoza continues his training in pediatrics and is interested in the impact that drug and alcohol use and adverse childhood experiences have on the developing adolescent brain. Dr. Espinoza has written about topics including public health, wellness, recovery and rehabilitation, pediatrics, and K -12 education. The content written by Dr. Espinoza is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of substance abuse.
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Jacquelyn Buffo
Jacquelyn Buffo is a fully Licensed Professional Counselor through the State of Michigan and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She received her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. She has worked as a clinician in the substance abuse field for over 6 years and within the past year, she has received specialized training in addressing substance abuse disorders within a dialectical behavioral therapy framework. Her experience has been working with pregnant women and mothers who suffer from opioid and other addictions as well as individuals who have received the Naltrexone implant. She has worked on an inpatient and outpatient basis. She has extensive experience working with patients with dual diagnosis disorders. She also works with families of loved ones who suffer from addiction. She has nearly 7 years of post-graduate experience and started a mental health and wellness blog in 2018. She prides herself on writing research-supported posts on mental health and substance abuse issues that are approachable to the reader. You can find her personal posts on her blog at
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James Regan
James Regan is an addiction content expert for American Addiction Centers and He earned a bachelor’s degree in Literature and Writing from California State University San Marcos and has years of experience working in digital media.
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Jessica Hames
Jessica Hames has five years of experience working in the non-profit sector and more than ten years of experience working in the mental health and substance abuse fields. Ms. Hames is well-versed in compliance, risk management, health and safety, training, Medicaid billing, contractual billing, and grant writing. Ms. Hames holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a special concentration in forensic psychology, a Master of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology, and is a Ph.D. Candidate (expected to be conferred in July 2021) in Forensic Psychology. Ms. Hames holds certification as an Addictions Professional from the Florida Certification Board (FCB), is currently seeking the Certified Recovery Peer Specialist credential via the FCB, and is certified as a Crime Scene Investigator via Kaplan University. She is currently the Executive Director of Gainesville Peer Respite. 
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