A tireless activist in today’s drug crisis, Tim Ryan is no stranger to addiction–or to the stigma that comes with being an addict. Tim helps break down barriers so that communities, corporations, families, and individuals can implement lasting change in the addiction crisis.
Despite a successful business career as a high-tech recruiter, Tim found himself in the grips of heroin use and ultimately was sentenced to prison for drug-related convictions. Tim was released in just 14 months, using his time behind bars to grasp sobriety through long-term recovery.
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 of an overdose. Nick’s death further catalyzed Tim’s mission to spread long-term recovery and real solutions to anyone who would listen.
Today, in addition to consulting organizations, communities, and lawmakers on how to combat the drug crisis facing our nation, 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 named “100 Most Influential leaders” by Real Leaders magazine. He is a Goodwill Ambassador, and 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. He is a Business Development Executive for Wavelengths Recovery. Tim frequently speaks to and advises corporations, healthcare providers, municipalities, community groups, schools, state and federal policy makers, and others who care to hear his message. He also runs A Man in Recovery Foundation, a phenomenally successful nonprofit that’s sole purpose is to facilitate free or reduced-cost recovery services to addicts and their families–believing that if even one addict or one family could be spared the horrors of the disease of addiction, he is making a difference.
Tim Ryan’s message is unlike that of other “drug speakers.” His gift of storytelling–combined with his heart-wrenching testimony of destruction and recovery–grips audience members of all backgrounds. In addition, as a consultant and advisor, he knows what works and doesn’t for addiction treatment, recovery, and prevention. Tim’s personal mission is to initiate change on a broader scale to dismantle the opioid epidemic–while guiding addicts into recovery.