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Congress, first lady inviting special guests to State of the Union speech

Congress, first lady inviting special guests to State of the Union speech

Heroin, cocaine and alcohol abuse were Tim Ryan's tickets to hell — with periodic detours to prison.

On Tuesday, the 47-year-old Naperville man will attend President Barack Obama's final State of the Union speech. Ryan will be House Democrat Bill Foster's guest.

Ryan said he hit bottom when his 20-year-old son, Nick, from Aurora, died of a heroin overdose in August 2014. Ryan and his son had used the drug together.

Sober for three years, Tim Ryan is now Midwest outreach director for the Banyan Treatment Center, which has a facility in Naperville.

He also founded A Man in Recovery, a nonprofit from which he said he will...

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