Charles Mitchell — please call him Chuck — is the Executive Director for Ranch House Recovery and sits on the board for Simple Promise Farms. He’s also lived on the streets and been incarcerated because of his addiction. Chuck understands addiction and long-term sobriety first hand.

As a young man Chuck was a functional user.

He was employed, having fun, traveling, and partying. His only problem? Boredom. Looking to drugs for fulfillment, he used more and more. As he moved deeper into drug use, he became more and more removed from personal relationships and community.

He racked up debt — payday loans and hospital bills — to get drugs. His parents tried sending him to treatment, but Chuck wasn’t ready. He wouldn’t listen to advice or take responsibility. Treatment just didn’t work.

He became a dysfunctional addict headed towards incarceration.

Chuck lost all connection with friends and family. He began a continuous cycle of moving from sober living facilities to the streets to jail. He was in and out of jail numerous times, until he was finally incarcerated for a year.

While incarcerated, Chuck got sober. He felt good physically. Once released, he found himself getting drunk in less than an hour of being free. Chuck couldn’t understand. He realized that there were no consequences severe enough to keep him sober. He felt completely hopeless.

Why, if he was physically clean and well, couldn’t he stay sober?

Chuck had been told in the past that his addiction was a spiritual problem that required a spiritual solution. It finally made sense. He went to his parents with a plan to work on himself mentally, physically, and spiritually. They agreed to support him with a few months rent and gift cards for groceries while he began his road to sobriety. This time, Chuck didn’t let them down.

Once Chuck surrendered to the process, he found connection.

Chuck found his spiritual solution in the 12 steps. He also sought direction by Men in Recovery who had what he wanted — to be truly happy and free.

He owned his problem, did the work, and his relationships came back. He learned not only how to live life, but how to enjoy it and have fun. He also began to live with honesty and integrity. Eventually Chuck was at a place with his recovery where he was seen as a reliable role model. That’s when he was offered a job in recovery.

He felt a connection to something greater than himself.

He was never bored. He excelled working in recovery, and gained a positive reputation in the local recovery community. Through promotions, Chuck moved up through management positions. Although he works in recovery, he knows he needs to continue his sobriety work outside of the office.

Chuck’s firm belief that connection is the key to sobriety makes him the right Executive Director for RHR.

He knows what works, and he really cares about helping people live a good, clean, fulfilling life.

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