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 Leadersmagazine. 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 the National Director of Professional Relations for Transformations Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center.
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.
A former professional football player whose career spanned 10 years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Randy Grimes had spent 20+ years battling an addiction to painkillers that he had developed while trying to treat career-related injuries. He now uses his inspiring story of recovery to help victims of drug and alcohol abuse through his work as a Board Certified Interventionist at InterventionNow.com and as a Business Development Director at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches Bhpalmbeach.com (BHOPB). In 2012, out of a desire to help other struggling athletes that he played with and against, Randy launched “Athletes in Recovery” a program which is designed to help athletes of all levels find treatment for addiction, while offering continued support for those already in recovery.
Due to the success of Athletes in Recovery, Randy and BHOPB have partnered with the NFL’s “Player Care Foundation” as well as the MLB, to bring further awareness and treatment services to professional athletes and their families. As a result of this partnership, 100's of former professional athletes have since been treated. Randy’s passion for helping others does not end with athletes and he is committed to helping numerous families find balance and peace of mind by getting their addicted loved ones the help they need for their drug and alcohol addiction. Randy is has performed countless interventions all over the country and has brought hope and healing back to families when it seemed all hope was lost. His Never Give Up attitude translates from the gridiron to his recovery.
Randy has been an exemplary ambassador for InterventionNow, BHOPB and is a quality example of the power of professional treatment. Married for 36 years to his college sweetheart Lydia, who is also a Certified Family Addiction Coach, they have 2 children and 3 grandchildren. Randy can regularly be seen as a commentator on numerous national TV networks including NFL Network, Anderson Cooper, Father Albert, CNN and Fox News, SiriusXM Sports and he is often called on to provide professional insight and opinion for countless radio interviews and print media pieces.