Our Team

Our team at Addiction Now brings together a variety of individuals with diverse backgrounds and singular experiences to provide a full spectrum of perspectives on the complex subject of addiction. By assembling a wide range of informed viewpoints, we can tackle addiction together.


Cesar Gamboa

Cesar Gamboa is a staff reporter and editor for Addiction Now covering topics ranging from legislation to scientific studies. He was previously a general assignment reporter for the Orange County Register. SoCal native and avid mountain biker. Cesar can be reached at cesarg@addictionnow.com

Livia Areas-Holmblad

Livia Holmblad is a reporter and editor at Addiction Now and covers breaking news, features and everything in between. She recently moved to SoCal after living in NYC for about 10 years, where she worked for VICE and SinoVision as a writer, editor, host, producer and director. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro. Contact Livia at liviah@addictionnow.com

Topher Avery

Topher Avery is a contributor to Addiction Now. A natural wordslinger, Topher studied English at the University of Colorado at Boulder and received his JD from Chapman University. Currently, Topher resides in Southern California beneath a pile of cats and books. Contact Topher at christophera@addictionnow.com

Ryan Beitler

Ryan Beitler is a contributor to Addiction Now as well as a blogger, journalist, musician, and travel writer. He lives in Southern California but travels as often as he can. Ryan has written for OC Weekly, numerous addiction recovery blogs, and his travel blog Our Little Blue Rock. Contact Ryan at ryanb@addictionnow.com

Danielle Woodward

Danielle Woodward is a contributor to Addiction Now. She worked for the Arizona Republic as a copy editor and producer, and currently covers business news in Michigan’s northern region for the Traverse City Record-Eagle. Much of her coverage of the region explores its own issues with drug abuse and addiction. Contact Danielle at daniellew@addictionnow.com

Jacob Harper is a contributor for Addiction Now. He has written for VICE, Reductress, Fox Digital, Equities, and the Travel Channel. Most recently, he was a writer and producer on the science/comedy TV show The Quick and The Curious. He was born and raised in Missouri and currently lives in Los Angeles. Contact Jacob at jacobh@addictionnow.com

Mario Boucher

Mario Boucher is a contributor to Addiction Now. He is an experienced journalist who has covered beats including city council, education, sports and entertainment for newspapers, magazines, and websites. He is an avid hockey fan. Contact Mario at mario@addictionnow.com