In 1997 Charlie was homeless, addicted to alcohol and heroin, and living on the streets of Key West. Then Charlie found St. Luke’s.
At the time of his admission, Charlie was confined to a wheelchair. His chronic substance abuse had caused neuropathy in his legs and physicians said he might never walk again. Medical and psychiatric treatment paved the way for his journey to recovery. His recovery inspired a new respect for himself and fellow addicts.
Charlie entered recovery, walking without ambulatory aids, and thriving. The frail, hollow man who once lived on the streets, became a robust, healthy, advocate who blessed everyone he met. Charlie worked full time as Site Manager at St. Luke’s until he was born to eternal life on January 11, 2013. He brought balance to the professional approach of therapists by exposing the real struggle, and ensuring that the real person in each consumer is served. He was an inspiration to all who seek the road of recovery.
Charlie loved St. Luke’s. “… It’s a day-to-day struggle, but I am blessed and grateful to have made it to St. Luke’s.”