A tireless advocate for long-term recovery, Tim Ryan is no stranger to addiction – including heroin, cocaine, and alcohol. Despite a successful business career, Tim found himself in the grips of heroin and, ultimately, was sentenced to seven years in prison for a number of drug-related convictions. Tim got clean and sober behind bars and was released in just 14 months.
Six months after his release, tragedy struck. His 20-year-old son, Nick – for whom Tim had paved the way to use deadly drugs – died tragically from an overdose. Attempting to get beyond the devastation and heartbreak, Tim used Nick’s death as the inspiration to spread a message of hope and recovery to others, believing that if even one addict or one family could be spared the horrors of the disease of addiction, he would be making a difference.
As a result, he founded A Man in Recovery Foundation, a phenomenally successful 501c3 nonprofit that’s sole purpose is to facilitate free or reduced-cost recovery services to addicts and their families.
Today, in addition to running addiction recovery groups for addicts and families, Tim Ryan was the subject of the A&E documentary, Dope Man, reaching millions. He has been a featured thought leader in numerous national media, including USA Today, Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, and “The Steve Harvey Show with Dr. Drew,” and dozens of nationally syndicated radio shows. He was an invited guest by the U.S. President to the 2016 State of the Union Address. He is the author of the bestselling book, From Dope to Hope. Tim frequently speaks to schools, healthcare providers, municipalities, community groups, corporations, and others who care to hear his message.
Tim Ryan’s message is powerful, because he has walked the journey of addiction and recovery. He spreads hope and tools to those who need them most. He is blessed with the gift of continued sobriety, and his personal mission is to guide others into recovery–while initiating change on a broader scale to prevent and address the opioid epidemic. He educates all who will listen about the hard truths of addiction and the potential for a full and joyful life in recovery.