Thirty-plus years of slavery to addiction, homelessness, and unspeakable abuse would be a soul-crushing defeat for most, but for Charles Knuckles, there was only one way out: through Jesus Christ. As a rescued, recovered addict, Charles tells his story of the unembellished and brutal truth behind some of the evilest parts of society. Orphaned at two years old and raised on the hard streets of the "Badlands" of Philadelphia, he grappled with physical and sexual abuse, racism, and the loss of his parents. Shuttled from foster home to foster home, navigating the racial and civil unrest of the sixties, he soon found solace in alcohol. As a young man, desperate to escape his constant loneliness, Charles joined the Navy and Heroin became his new medicine of choice. After years of homelessness, addiction, and no true human connection, Charles found himself in a hospital with a bullet wound in the back of his head and cocaine in his pocket. After refusing treatment, he went home to get high and end it all...but God intervened. Charles' personal journey and tools for conquering addiction and trauma will provide you with the hope, clarity, and guidance to have your own true awakening.
Charles Lee Knuckles is a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and formerly the Director of the CityTeam San Jose Rescue Mission and Recovery Center. He has spent the last 22 years serving men from "Yale to Jail" who walk through his door seeking help, and he does not turn away a soul. He's happily married and lives in Surfside, South Carolina.