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Drunk Driving Awareness Month with Tim Ryan

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Drunk driving and drugged driving prevention month

Every president of the United States since 1981 has shown a commitment to preventing impaired driving by proclaiming December as National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month or, more recently, National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.

What has prompted presidents from both sides of the aisle to make such a strong response?  The time of year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is what the National Association of Drug Court Professionals describes as “one of the deadliest and most dangerous times on America’s roadways due to an increase in impaired driving.”

For those in recovery, being around the influence of family and friends during the holidays can provide the false impression that drinking is OK.  Even worse, some of these people proceed to drive home.  

Tim Ryan

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Tim Ryan hopes to remind us of potential dangers by sharing a bit of his own personal story.  He was a successful businessman until his downfall.

We asked Tim to explain the incident that acted as his wake-up call:

“I was drinking and on heroin.  I obviously overdosed, hitting two cars and almost killing four people.  It took me being sentenced to prison and for 13 1/2 months to lose everything to truly realize that recovery was the only option I had.  It forced me to sit down and look at myself.  I hope others don’t need to wait for that kind of rock bottom.”

Tim urges us to use this time of year to reflect upon our recovery.  Today, he uses his difficult experiences to help others.  “I just want to help people.  I’m sick and tired of burying people.”

Tim appeared on The Doctors to promote a documentary of his experiences.