A Prosecutor's Journey Through Addiction

December 19, 2016
Hosted by Tim Ryan

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Episode Description

Tim Ryan, founder of A Man In Recovery Foundation and Chief Marketing Officer of Banyan Treatment Center will be featuring guest Chad Sabora. Chad was raised in Chicago by his father who spent most of his life as an executive at Gateway rehabilitation paving the future of treatment for people that suffer from the disease of addiction and his mother a housewife and a prosecuting attorney. Chad received his undergraduate education at The University of Illinois and his law degree at The John Marshall Law school and began his legal career as prosecutor for Cook County Illinois. Despite his upbringing and education Chad also suffers from the disease of addiction which took hold of him in 2006. He became addicted to prescription pain killers which led to heroin addiction that controlled his life until June 9th 2011. After getting clean he began working with heroin addicts to ensure they received all the help they could no matter what their financial circumstances were.

A Man In Recovery Radio “From Dope to Hope”

A Man In Recovery Radio “From Dope to Hope”

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Tim Ryan has dedicated his life to helping others find recovery. Tim’s moving motivational speech, From Dope to Hope (tm), chronicles his harrowing experience as a troubled addict who did drugs with his own son and his son’s friends, his incarceration and his life today that includes his own journey in recovery and his work in serving others. As Tim so convincingly says, “We’re taking one addict at a time from dope to hope!”

Tim also provides the community-at-large with valuable information about opiates and their devastating effects. Tim’s speech informs on the current landscape of heroin addiction nationwide, the surprising effects of heroin on the brain and body, and how to recognize and handle those who struggle with addiction to opiates and other substances.

Tim Ryan has shared his story and knowledge countless times before a variety of audiences, including students, educators, parents, treatment centers, 12-step programs, halfway houses and prisons.

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Tim Ryan

Tim Ryan

Tim Ryan had a successful life, then lost it all because of an addiction to heroin, cocaine, other drugs and alcohol.

For years, Tim had great success in business and in life, despite a habit that was forming around “drinking and drugging.” But when he added heroin to the mix, Tim’s balancing act spiraled out of control. Often spending nearly $500 a day to support his opiate habit, his career and relationships suffered setback after setback.

Sentenced to seven years in the Sheridan Correctional Center for a number of drug-related convictions, Tim got clean and sober behind bars. However, “life on the outside” wasn’t working in his favor.

His wife divorced him. His son Nick, who he had introduced to heroin along with his teenage friends, continued to abuse the drug, caught in a seemingly hopeless trap. Six months after Tim was released from prison his son Nick died tragically from a heroin overdose.

Tim used Nick’s death as the inspiration to spread a message of hope and recovery to others, believing that if even one family could be spared the horrors of the disease of addiction, he would be making a difference. Today, in addition to running addicton recovery groups for addicts and families, Tim is the Chief Marketing Officer for Banyan Treatment Centers. He frequently speaks to school groups, corporations and others who care to hear his message. Most importantly, he is the founder of A Man in Recovery Foundation.

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Episode Directory

January 2017

December 2016

  • 12/19/2016: A Prosecutor's Journey Through Addiction Listen Now
  • 12/12/2016: Matt 'The Poet' Ganem Listen Now
  • 12/5/2016: A Mother's Story of Her Son's Addiction Listen Now

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