Best-selling Author Tim Ryan to Keynote June 13 Oakton Opioid Conference
(May 21, 2018) Tim Ryan, author of the best-selling book, “From Dope to Hope: A Man in Recovery,” details his traumatic personal heroin addiction as part of the Oakton Community College Continuing Education for Health Professionals’ presentation, “Heroin: It’s Not an Epidemic, it’s a Pandemic,” for medical and health care providers, as well as other professionals. The conference on the opioid epidemic and potential solutions is scheduled 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, in Rooms 1604-1610, at the college’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 E. Golf Road.
Ryan is the national director for Transformations Treatments Center in Florida, as well as the executive director of A Man in Recovery Foundation and an adviser at rehab.com. As the keynote speaker, Ryan will explore who today’s addicts are and how they get their hands on heroin, opiates and other substances. Additionally, he will reveal the startling death rates amongst addicts and provide solutions to how the “pandemic of addiction” can be stopped across cities, towns and communities.
Ryan speaks nationally to share his inspiring journey of addiction and recovery and will weave in personal details of his own heroin addiction-he overdosed eight times, was pronounced clinically dead on three occasions and suffered two minor heart attacks), incarceration and how he lost his son to a heroin overdose. Contrasting his own harrowing story, Ryan will offer real-life examples of families and kids he has helped find an addiction-free life through his foundation.
Upon successful completion, attendees will be eligible for continuing education credits.
Space is limited. Cost for registration is $35 and continental breakfast will be included. For more information or to register, call 847.635.1438 or visit www.oakton.edu/conted.