FLINT (WJRT) - (12/5/2018) - A recovering drug addict is traveling the world to tell his story of how he overcame his drug addiction. He has written a book and released a documentary last summer.
Tim Ryan travels to high schools, treatment centers and prisons, encouraging people to say "NO" to drugs.
"If I can turn my life around anybody can, you just have to put up your hand and ask for help," Tim Ryan said.
He was addicted to heroin for 35 years. He said he had the perfect life, but his addiction was his downfall.
"It doesn't discriminate and what we need to do is drop the stigma, it's here, it's not going anywhere, let's get rid of the elephant in the room and start providing more solutions."
Ryan was inspired to change his life after the death of his own son. He now carries his ashes around his neck in a cross.
"I'll be the first to say I helped kill my own son, my son followed in my footsteps, my son and I ultimately used drugs together,"Ryan said.
On Wednesday, Ryan visited the Flint Odyssey House to speak with men and women about his journey. He chose mid-Michigan, because the opioid crisis is very much a reality for many people.
"If I can just give them a little bit of hope, we can guide and direct them and give them the tools so they can have a successful life clean and sober."
Ryan said he believes this was his calling.
"I'm blessed that I get to go out a carry a message of hope nationwide, international, on a daily basis."
Ryan's book is called from "Dope to Hope, A man in recovery". It can be purchased on Amazon.