About the ARC


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We lose hundreds of Americans everyday to a disease that is preventable and treatable.


The ARC is a project of the Addiction Policy Forum, a non-profit committed to eliminating addiction as a public health issue. We are the families impacted by substance use, we have lost loved ones to addiction, we have searched for help online only to find for-profit treatment centers marketing substandard care.


We decided to create what we and countless others so desperately needed so that other families don’t have to struggle alone and fewer lives are lost. The ARC fills a critical gap in how addiction is addressed in this country and moves us closer to treating substance use disorders like other chronic diseases.  


The ARC supports patients, families, and providers with critical information about addiction and connects them to quality treatment and recovery resources through our vetted database.




We Built What We Needed

The Addiction Resource Center, an Addiction Policy Forum project, was born from the frustration we felt as family members looking to help our loved ones find treatment for use disorder.

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Meet the Staff

Kelly King, PhD, MPH

Kelly King, PhD, MPH

VP, Data and Health IT

Kelly’s work has been published in Substance Use & Misuse, Journal of Public Health Policy, Journal of Urban Health, Journal of Child and Family Studies, BMC Public Health, and the Journal of Social Service Review.

Terrilynn Parker, Research Partner

Terrilynn Parker

Research Partner

Terrilynn Parker is deeply committed to the mission of the Addiction Policy Forum, having experienced the impact of addiction in her own family and the loss of several loved ones. She is a wife and mother of two amazing boys, ages 21 and 6.

Christian Conte, PhD, MS

Christian Conte, PhD, MS

Mental Health Specialist

Dr. Christian Conte is one of the country’s most accomplished mental health specialists in the field of anger and emotional management. A familiar figure on TV and radio, he is a powerful communicator.

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Razan Ahmed, Health IT Associate

Razan Ahmed

Health IT Associate

As a Health IT Associate, Razan is helping to build the Addiction Resource Center (ARC).Razan attended Pomona College where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. She is also an adjunct ESL instructor at Northern Virginia Community College.

Lisbet Portman, Vice President of Digital Content & Strategy

Lisbet Portman

VP, Digital Content & Strategy

Lisbet Hope Portman has advocated for substance use disorder treatment and criminal justice reform as a writer, researcher, and teacher for the past decade. Her writing appears in Pioneer Magazine, Scapegoat Journal, and Spatial Violence.

Matthew Fazendin, Clinician

Matthew Fazendin


A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Matthew's prior work focused on the veteran population, providing therapy in the mental health outpatient clinic at a VA hospital and working to end veteran homelessness.

Morgan Gliedman, VP of Education & Engagement

Morgan Gliedman

VP, Education & Engagement

Prior to joining Addiction Policy Forum Morgan served as Baltimore City's Overdose Fatality Review Coordinator. Morgan received her Bachelor of Arts from New York University. Her essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Vox, and The Fix.

Kayla Zawislak, Peer Recovery Support Advocate & Clinician

Kayla Zawislak


Kayla Zawislak is a Peer Recovery Support Advocate for Addiction Policy Forum on the Patient and Family Services team. She is a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor (CADC) and has her Associate's Degree in Addictions Counseling.


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