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CHS Guest Speaker: Tim Ryan
Amy Carr
Friday, March 15, 2019

From Dope to Hope: Tim Ryan Visits Local Schools and Community, Dealing Hope

Tim Ryan, nationally acclaimed drug addiction speaker, A&E’s “Dope Man,” and thought leader on the opioid epidemic, will visit our community April 15th. He will share his message of drug prevention and the dangers of addiction at Cumberland High School during the day at 1:30 pm as well as at a community forum in the evening starting at 6:30 pm this event is free and open to the public.  All are welcome to come and be inspired as well as  gather important information for you or a loved one.

Known as “The Hope Dealer,” Ryan strives to address the opioid crisis with solutions. Once a successful businessman, he lost nearly everything to his heroin addiction. It was in prison that he found recovery. Shortly after exiting prison, he lost his own son to an overdose. His goal is to connect those in addiction with resources—as well as support families, communities, and law makers who are trying to help. “We don’t have an epidemic; we have a pandemic,” he says. “We need to get busy finding solutions, because people are dying. My aim is to offer hope...”

Ryan founded 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 and is the National Outreach Director for Transformations Drug & Alcohol Treatment Center.

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.

Ryan is lauded as one of the nation’s leading speakers on the drug epidemic. He regularly engages audiences and changes the course of their lives. “I wanted to thank Mr. Ryan so much for coming to our school today and talking to us. My family struggles with drug addiction, and it’s an important topic to me. His presentation really meant a lot!” remarked a student at Towns County High School in Hiawassee, Georgia, where Ryan spoke in October.