Tim Ryan
Author ■ Father ■ Former Heroin Addict
Recovery Professional ■ Philanthropist

Nationally Acclaimed Public Speaker

Tim Ryan: Riveting Drug Speaker, A&E's "Dope Man," and National Thought Leader on Opioid Epidemic

Tim Ryan, The Hope Dealer, Highly Sought After for His Passion & Expertise

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 is the subject of the new 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. He is the National Outreach Director for Transformations Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center. Tim frequently speaks to schools, healthcare providers, municipalities, community groups, corporations, and others who care to hear his message.

Tim’s message is inspiring because he has walked the journey of addiction and recovery. He spreads hope and tools to those who need them most. He believes he is blessed with the gift of continued sobriety, and his personal mission is to promote awareness of the life-threatening effects of opiate addiction, most especially heroin. He has committed himself to educating all who will listen about the hard truths of addiction and the potential for a full and happy life in recovery.

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 From Dope to Hope: A Man in Recovery

Heroin didn’t make Tim a better person. It stole more than half of his life. But he’s dedicated every waking minute since walking out of prison to dealing hope to addicts and their families. Known as “The Hope Dealer,” Tim’s story chronicles his grueling journey into addiction, loss, and recovery.  Sit with Tim in his prison cell.  Walk with him as loved ones are torn from his reach. Rejoice with him as lives are miraculously recovered.

  • As a business leader in a high-tech industry, Tim made and lost millions.
  • As a father and husband, Tim introduced his own son to deadly drugs.
  • As a heroin addict, Tim overdosed eight times, was pronounced clinically dead three, and suffered two minor heart attacks.
  • He’s was arrested more than 10 times and served prison time alongside known gang leaders – many of whom have become his closest confidants in recovery.

By his own account, Tim Ryan shouldn’t be here. But as he states, “Where there is life, there is hope.”

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What’s the Buzz about Tim?
“Tim is not afraid to share his journey…”
Tim has lived a life that most can’t imagine, and it has molded him into the person he is today. Tim spoke to two of our community schools, and he first asked some of our faculty, then our students, about drug use. Tim has that unique ability to communicate with people in a way that I have not seen before. I was blown away because I have coached in the community for 17 years and, I know the students and their families…I had zero idea about the [drug] epidemic we are facing in our small community. Tim is confident in himself and not afraid to share his journey to help others.
Gene Allen
Practice Manager
Lawrence County Memorial Hospital
Lawrenceville, Illinois
“I would highly recommend Tim…”
We had Tim Ryan and staff in for our local Opiate Addiction Community Awareness campaign. Tim did two high school assemblies and one community forum. We were very pleased with the presentations and the community support that went into it. I would highly recommend Tim to any local drug awareness group wanting to bring change to their community. A Man in Recovery Foundation is indeed all about helping people [break] free from addiction.
Sheriff Steve E. Bareis
Perry County Sheriff's Office
Pinckneyville, Illinois

“Tim stands behind his word and promise…”
After hearing Tim speak at the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Association’s seminar on Opiate Abuse in Rural Communities, my CEO and I left with a great feeling of hope and determination. As a healthcare organization, we are experiencing the effects of opiate abuse in our small rural community on a daily basis. Tim not only offers hope, he stands behind his word and promise to [help] everyone [in need]. I highly recommend Tim to any community or organization seeking help with addiction in their communities.
Carol J. Mulholland
Marketing & Foundation Director
The Health & Wellness Foundation
Sparta, Illinois
“You provided a message of hope…”
Tim Ryan, you brought a face and a voice to this disease. You explained how much as you despised your choices, drugs always came first…over family, over job, over life. You helped [our] foster parents, many whom are caring for other people’s children who are still choosing drugs over all else, understand the depth of the despair. You also provided a message of hope, of compassion, and of generosity. Thank you for sharing in such a candid way. Keep motivating and encouraging
Sandra Kutkuhn, MSW
Family Education and Resource Supervisor
HOPE Family Resource Center of Craven County
New Bern, NC 28561
“He has touched the lives of so many…”
Tim has had the opportunity to come back to the place where he was incarcerated and give back to those currently in the same situation he was previously in. The inmates talked about Tim for months, as it gave them hope that, one day, they could be as successful in their recovery as he is. Several reached out asking for help upon their release. In the short amount of time that Tim has been released from prison, he has touched the lives of so many by giving back what was so freely given to him.
Lauren Holt, LCPC
Assistant Program Director
WestCare Foundation/Sheridan Correctional Center
Sheridan, Illinois
Tim’s Keynote Topics
“Let’s Deal HOPE, not DOPE!”

In the wake of his son’s death and his own crippling heroin addiction, Tim has dedicated his life to helping others find recovery. Tim’s inspirational story has compelled countless addicts to get the help they need, as well as educate audiences of all types on what causes heroin and other addictions, and how to find and engage in recovery and long-term sobriety. Tim’s moving motivational speech, From Dope to Hope™, chronicles his harrowing experience as a troubled addict who sold drugs to his own son and his son’s friends, his incarceration, and his life today--which includes his own journey in recovery and work in serving others. As Tim so convincingly says, “We’re helping one addict at a time move from dope to hope!”

• The signs and spiraling dangers of addiction
• Avenues for immediate treatment and recovery
• Sustainable hope and sobriety

“Heroin: It’s not an Epidemic, It’s a Pandemic!”

A truly educational keynote, Tim explains who today’s addicts truly are; how they get their hands on heroin, opiates, and other substances; the startling death rates amongst addicts – young and old alike – and how the “Pandemic of Addiction” can be stopped in our cities, towns, and communities. Woven into Tim’s facts and figures is both his own harrowing story of heroin addiction, incarceration, and losing his own son to an overdose. Contrasting the loss are real-life examples of families and kids he’s helped through his foundation to find a life free of addiction. You’ll be on the edge of your seat!

Through this presentation, audience members will:

*Recognize how the heroin pandemic affects--and requires the help of--an entire community
*Discover avenues for immediate and sustainable treatment and recovery
*Learn what is being done to address the pandemic and how to get involved

“The Cop, the Convict & the Kid”

This keynote is one of a kind and it offers real solutions for parents and community leaders to prevent our nation’s youth from succumbing to the allure of drugs, alcohol and addiction. “The Cop” (Rich Wistocki) teaches how to understand the technology available to young addicts, how they can hide behind technology right under their parents’ noses, how to conduct in-home drug testing, and other preventative measures. “The Convict” (Tim Ryan) and “The Kid” explain how the plague of addiction can tear families apart, tear communities apart, and tear the life out of our youth if we don’t address it head on.

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