CHICAGO (CBS) — Tim Ryan started drinking at 13, and was dabbling in drugs soon after.
“I loved to party but I never wanted that party to end,” Ryan said.
He checked himself into rehab at 21.
“You name it, I did it, cocaine, ecstasy, hallucinogens,” he said.
In his early 30’s he tried heroin for the first time.
“That one bag of heroin unleashed a monster,” he said.
A six figure job, a nice house, wife and kids, he was even a Cub Scout leader; but by then, he’d became a full blown heroin addict.
“I was head of my son’s pack, and I was doing heroin every day. No one knew. I was drinking a gallon of Vodka and shooting up $500 of heroin every day,” Ryan recalled.
In December 2010, Ryan had just shot up, when he passed out at the wheel of his minivan, and crashed into two vehicles. Paramedics revived him and he was charged with aggravated DUI, but said that didn’t stop him.
It was then he learned his son, Nick, had become an addict. Soon his son became addicted and they were shooting up together.
“We were using together. Unfortunately, that’s what bonded us,” Ryan said.