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Episode 143: Luke

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Luke
Age: 23
Location: San Francisco, California
Addiction: Crack
What’s memorable: Living on the streets with his mother who is willingly homeless just so she can keep an eye on her son. That’s some crazy co-dependency there. The craziness that he spouts when he’s high is disturbing.  The intervention and followup is a tear jerker, very affecting. I hope this family is well now.

Official Synopsis: Luke, 23, dreams of a career in photojournalism, but his daily cocktail of drugs has derailed his college plans and left both him and his mother struggling to survive on the streets of San Francisco.

Original Air Date: August 2011

Categories: Addicted Parent, Childhood Physical Abuse, Childhood Violence, Crack, Most Mentally Compromised Addicts, Season 10

Discussion

57 Responses to “Episode 143: Luke”

  1. 3 years in April baby!

    Posted by Luke | January 24, 2014, 12:42 pm
    • Nice! That’s awesome, well done.

      Posted by Dizzy | January 24, 2014, 12:59 pm
      • I used to watch intervention before being on the show and never imagined to be on it. Then it happened, my life has gotten better, but I couldn’t watch the show anymore. Now they pulled the plug and I’m really upset. It saved my life and I wish it went on to help others. Thank you for what your doing dizzy.

        Posted by Luke | January 25, 2014, 5:28 pm
    • ♡♡♡ God bless, Luke, God bless!

      Posted by lupieliciouslaura | September 2, 2014, 10:11 pm
    • Very Proud Of Luke! That takes lots of strength and very very true believer of intervention.

      Posted by JAXN | September 10, 2014, 8:44 am
      • I want to let everyone know that I have fallen off the path. About a month after celebrating 3 years I relapsed off of marijuana. That elevated into every day use then to social drinking and then to experimenting with designer drugs. Thru this whole time I was in a relationshi, we were engaged, but down some point of time she became different distant and short. Not as affectionate. Then she finally left and I went out hard and went on a two week binge. I started right where I left off and the outcome at end the were heavy. I lost basically everything. Most importantly myself. I hate my life. I don’t want to live like this. I want everything to go back the way it was like last October. I hope lmn can help me like a&e did but this time instead of being forced I’m willing

        Posted by Luke | September 27, 2014, 11:24 pm
      • Please remnember “this too shall pass” relationships come and go, and you will only have yourself in the end. I know it’s painful, but you WILL heal. You have to find a different way to deal with your pain instead of using drugs. I know it’s easier said then done. Have you considered therapy?

        Posted by Alana | January 30, 2015, 9:10 pm
      • Luke, please get help any way you can. I lost my 28 year old son to addiction in May and wish I would have done more to save him. Please know that you are loved and there are many in the world who hope for your recovery and well being. Huge hugs to you.

        Posted by Kny | October 29, 2014, 7:45 pm
    • We recently viewed your intervention episode , an we were so over whelmed with emotion. It was a tear jerker episode an so heart felt I must add. We ( my sister an I) would love to hear about your progress. Yours as well as your mothers , she in our hearts is a great mother .. For what she overcame to stand always by your side. Please reply as we would love to continue to know about your recovery an life changes.

      Posted by Petty | January 30, 2015, 9:31 pm
  2. Absolutely love that Luke cleaned up . Formerly homeless with two toddlers due to abuse from ex . When we got a home I got addicted to painkillers after cancer . 2 years of hell then sober . If I can do it , Luke you WILL do it . I got sober when my kids were 6 and 7 . They are 17 and 18 now and I have held it together with a good support system and turning hobbies I love into a living .
    Its hard but keep on the right path Luke ! Proud of You .

    Posted by marcy lily | April 29, 2014, 7:39 pm
    • Thank you Marcy for the kind words! I just celebrated 3 years at a conference on the 5th. It was moving to see so many people, especially young people, there for the same cause. If we can do it anyone can!! Just gotta be willing and take it one step and the next will get you there.

      Posted by Luke | April 30, 2014, 8:44 am
      • Dear Luke, I went looking for an update about your current life after watching a rerun of your intervention episode. Something about you, your youth, innocence, and love for your father, really touched me. I am sober myself (got sober at age 23, 10 years ago) and I just wanted to reach through the screen and hug you. I am so, so happy to hear of your recent milestone. We can do it together, one day at a time. Your episode and the show are still helping others. God bless you and your family.

        Posted by Anna | July 5, 2014, 9:06 pm
      • Hey Luke ! Just wanted to say hello , let you know I am still and always will be cheering you on and wish you well . Hoping all is going great for you .

        Posted by marcy lily | September 17, 2014, 11:51 pm
      • Are you still out there?

        Posted by Mikke | November 13, 2017, 1:05 am
  3. That’s fantastic news…good for you, brother! I was very moved by your story and am so happy for you, that you have found a new way. Stay with it, friend…clean/sober living vs. drugs/booze? No comparison, right? CONGRATULATIONS!

    Posted by Gregory Moore | September 17, 2014, 1:10 pm
  4. Hey Luke. I just read that you relapsed. I hope you find the way again. I’m not sure if you go to NA, but it has truly saved my life. It has allowed me to save my own life. If you need someone to talk to, I know Im a complete stranger, but we are all in this together. And there are beautiful, good-hearted recovered addicts that have lots of insight and support to give you. Just remember, first you must surrender! It’s the first step. The fact that you have willingness already is key. All my love and support. You’re stronger than you know!

    Posted by crissi | October 1, 2014, 9:20 am
    • [Dizzy’s note: Luke has posted his phone number but I don’t feel good about publishing it because reasons. If anyone would like to call him to provide relapse and recovery support, please leave a comment here telling me so]

      Posted by Luke | October 1, 2014, 1:30 pm
      • Hi Luke. I truly don’t know how I ended up on this random site, clicking on your post and reading these comments, but here I am. Stay strong and remember there is so much life to live. Remember how amazing it feels when you make that climb instead of letting go. You already know you can overcome anything. Wishing you the best.
        “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.”

        Posted by Megan | October 14, 2014, 9:37 pm
      • First off, I read this blog religiously but this is my first comment on it. I enjoy it so much… Keep up the good work!!!

        Luke,

        You are a sweet, beautiful, and lovely person, and you are truly an inspiration. I read your update about your relapse, and my heart is aching for you. In a lot of ways I can really, really relate to you. At the age of 23, I’ve been sober for 3 years, and know that deep, aching pain of starting from scratch. But as someone stated, the only way for you to go is up!! And that you’ve done it before and will certainly do it again… I’m not sure if this will reach you, or if there is a way that I may contact you, but if there is absolutely anything that I can do for you, please do not hesitate to reach out.
        Either way, best of luck to you, and I absolutely know that you have it in you to make the positive changes again. You are wonderful.
        Sincerely,
        Samantha

        Posted by Samantha | November 29, 2014, 7:51 pm
      • Samantha and Court,

        Thank you for the support and encouragement, very much needed. I’m still in limbo with my struggle. When they say Addiction escalates and, after doing unneeded research, it really does. started right where I left off as they say. I have my good days as well as my bad. lately with the holidays and constant past memories flooding , has been extra difficult. I want to stop but I’m so used to living this cold lifestyle. No one should go through it.

        Best wishes to all.

        Merry Christmas

        Joao

        Posted by Luke | November 30, 2014, 4:19 pm
      • Take it one day at a time, really build your support system, and most importantly- do not be ashamed. It takes time to heal!! When I first got sober, I met an older man who had gone back out after 20 years. He told me, “If I call it a relapse, I don’t want to come back, I feel I’ve left the road I was on. I prefer to call it a setback, because I’m still on my path.”
        Pick up the pieces and get back on your path- it’s just a setback in your journey. More importantly, it’s a learning experience! The more that you make of it, and the more you beat yourself up, the harder that it is to overcome.
        Keep your head up:)

        Posted by Samantha | December 2, 2014, 8:05 pm
      • Thanks Samantha. That really resonated well

        Posted by Luke | December 2, 2014, 9:07 pm
      • Hi Luke. I am sitting here at 2:30am watching Intervention, searched google for more info, and found this blog. I’m not sure how late I am, but I struggled with addiction for about 3 years. Fortunately I had an opportunity to move away from my home town, and had no access to the drugs I wanted. I know how it is. I am a sponser and I would love to be able to talk to you. Not sure how to go about it. Maybe they’ll email me your number? Please let me know. I am here for you. <3 ~Kayleigh

        Posted by Kayleigh McKeon | December 12, 2014, 11:40 pm
  5. I’m thinking of you today and sending you love & light. How are you today?

    Posted by Sandra | October 30, 2014, 2:13 pm
  6. Hi Luke!
    I literally just finished watching your episode on tv and it brought me to happy tears! I believe it was how much love you had in your heart for your family. I loved seeing the update on a&e and how well you are doing! Life is tough for me right now and your episode reminded me to never give up. Thank you and remember to keep smiling, it looks good on you!

    Posted by Court | November 29, 2014, 8:28 pm
  7. Luke ,
    First of all I am begging and hoping with all my heart that you are ok and seeking help. If not we can help you . So please do not ever give up on yourself . Please .
    Remember many recovering addicts do have relapses . It is rare when one does not . The key is recognizing the trigger , getting away from it and seeking help . No shame . What happened to you was very human and it happens very often . For many it is just once and some it is several times before they get it right.
    I have the most sincere faith in the fact that you can and will beat this . You are young , talented and a beautiful person . I am pulling for you and wish I could be there to help you in any way you needed . Again don’t give up . You have a ton of people rooting and cheering for you and they are sincere . Bless you and good luck . Please don’t let any addiction cheat you out of the amazing life you deserve .

    Posted by marcy lily | December 9, 2014, 3:51 am
  8. Luke,

    I happened to see your episode today and felt compelled to search for an update on your progress. Seeing your comments, I see that you’re struggling at the moment. Please don’t be disheartened. You have so many people who genuinely care about you and want you to be happy and healthy and to fulfil your wildest hopes and dreams. Please don’t give up on yourself. I have faith that this relapse is a temporary setback for you and that you will find your way once again. You are stronger than you realise. I will be praying for you, please stay safe and seek help. Sending love from Australia xo

    Posted by Stephanie | December 16, 2014, 2:37 am
  9. I just watched your episode and read your comments Luke… I sincerely hope you make it back again from your addiction. I know you can do it. But I also feel that people only get so many chances, before their mind will no longer have the insight required to return to a world without drugs… Don’t let your demons win. I wish you all the best.
    Angela

    Posted by Angela | January 5, 2015, 11:52 am
  10. Hey Luke

    Sweet that you are picking yourself up. I have been through the same exact issues you have and you give me hope. I wish we could get in contact and talk about eachother’s journeys sometime. Remember hunny, its n0t that you fall down, its what you do with it!! Ur a talented smart young man, unbelievably smart as a matter of fact and I hope nothing but the best for you!!

    Sarah

    Posted by Sarah Thomas | January 12, 2015, 5:41 pm
  11. I seen the comment about the phone number if possible I’d love to call you or text you and if you ever need someone to talk to if you ever feel like relapsing you can always talk to me

    Posted by Caresa | January 30, 2015, 9:14 pm
  12. Luke,
    I saw your episode tonight. How are you doing? I hope that you are doing well. I see that you have relapsed. I hope you have found the strength you once did to over come that- as we have all fallen down and have had to pick ourselves back up. I am really cheering for you. Your family truly loves you and you have potential that I hope to see you use. Please post again so we can hear how you are doing. And please, please remember the true feeling of happiness that sobriety once brought you.

    Posted by Rachel | January 31, 2015, 1:07 am
  13. Luke, it’s been a long while since you’ve updated. …how are you? So many are thinking of you and wish you the best.

    Posted by lolly | April 4, 2015, 4:54 pm
  14. Luke, you crossed my mind today and I hope you are doing better. I’m going to leave my email in case you may need someone to reach out to. sraymond1113@gmail.com
    Hope you’re well and I hope to hear from you soon!

    Posted by Samantha R. | May 20, 2015, 2:09 pm
  15. I came across this site late last night after watching Jeanna’s episode & couldn’t pull myself away. Here I am back on it again this morning, crying already. I too am an opiate addict, however for the past 4 years under the care of a physician, first on Methadone, and the past year on Subutex. Methadone is the devil as far as I’m concerned, but Subutex made me feel like myself again, for the first time in 15 years. Luke, do you know how many setbacks I had? I lost track. The thing to remember is one of those times it’s going to take, I promise you it will. You just can’t beat yourself up over it. Allow yourself to make mistakes & then try to shake it off. Every time you do this it will get easier to move forward.
    I’d like to add that it moves me beyond words how many people like myself are rooting for everyone from the show. I find myself cheering, crying, shouting for them & almost feel like I have a personal stake in their lives…I think it must be a bond that we addicts share. I wish I could post my phone or email because I am ALWAYS willing to lend an ear for someone who needs to talk-sometimes that’s all someone needs to get them through another day. And in a weird way, talking to a stranger can almost feel easier-I think maybe it’s because most of us are worried our loved ones will judge us.
    And lastly, I’d like to thank you Dizzy for creating this site. It’s obvious how much you care about the people from the show & how much time and energy you have invested in your site. The world truly needs more people like you!!

    Posted by Jennifer | May 24, 2015, 8:04 am
    • Interesting you say methadone didn’t work for you, because it has been a miracle for me. I tried suboxone first and it didn’t work for me. Everyone’s body is so different!

      Posted by Nicole | August 4, 2015, 3:20 pm
  16. Hey Luke,

    Saw your episode for the first time today, checked here and read all your responses in this thread. I, too, grew up as a skater, big reader (we share the same tastes in lit), addict, and now I’m a writer and university professor of creative writing. You’re fucking cool, man, and obviously incredibly intelligent.

    You know there’s no maintenance crack usage, man. It’s time to bite the bullet and get back on the wagon. Take out some student loans and get your ass in school. Academics are a great distraction when your mind would otherwise preoccupy itself with drugs and all of that insanity. Also, you gotta get to a meeting. NA is a great network. You can meet a lot of people. Who knows? You might meet a recovered addict who’s willing to give another addict a break when no one else will. Do 90 in 90, man. Just go.

    Good luck, brother. What do they say? A life beyond your wildest dreams is possible? Trust me. It is.

    Posted by Tony | June 16, 2015, 3:42 pm
  17. Hi Luke
    We went to school together in Castro valley. I just saw your episode on intervention. I hope you are doing better.
    I used to come to your moms house when we were kids you were always so vibrant and so much fun. Your mother was so inviting and a wonderful woman. God bless Luke

    Posted by Jeanine | August 18, 2015, 9:06 pm
  18. Hi Luke,
    I just watched your episode and read all of these comments. Glad to see you reached a milestone. After reading about your relapse, I am praying and hoping you are doing much better. All of us here may be strangers but we are all humans and here to support you. If you and the family ever need anything, I can try to help. God Bless.

    Posted by Nelly | August 18, 2015, 9:09 pm
  19. Luke, your episode was on again tonight and I found myself reading through this thread and wondering how you are doing. I really hope you’ve found your way to sobriety. You have so much potential – I know you can do this!

    Posted by Peggi | August 19, 2015, 12:02 am
  20. GET A SPONSOR, WORK THE STEPS, GO TO MEETINGS. IT WORKS IF YOU WORK IT.

    Posted by Mimi | October 12, 2015, 11:27 pm
  21. Hey luke i :-*hope ur doing better hun

    Posted by Nakia | March 22, 2016, 4:24 pm
  22. luke hello i’m valentina ….i’. from napoli italy…have you got a email ou facebook i want speak with you if possible? besos

    Posted by valentina | April 8, 2016, 12:25 pm
  23. I would love to hear an update on Luke, as well as his mother. I have watched so many episodes of Intervention and every now and then there are ones that really stick with you- this was one of them. What an unbelievably dedicated, loving mother Luke has and you can see Luke’s brilliance and potential shine through the addiction. Seeing him in the library and his love for literature was amazing. What an awesome thing it would be if he would pursue becoming a journalist. I’m rooting for you Luke, it’s never too late!

    Posted by Katie | May 8, 2016, 7:28 pm
  24. I would like to know the latest with Luke and his family. My family and i have watched Intervention for a while, but your story was especially impacful. You are a great guy, jut lots of hurt. But your strength and love is stronger so, though i know you relapsed a little, you still can make it out. Would love to know how you’re doing. Thx

    Posted by Chris | May 11, 2016, 9:22 pm
  25. You sober brah? Luke. You still skate? lotta is in the bay

    Posted by Danny | January 7, 2017, 10:58 pm
  26. Lot of us*

    hit me up. u look familiar

    Posted by Danny | January 7, 2017, 10:59 pm
  27. luke hi? tell me whats going on with you buddy? are u ok? we all wish the best for you please let me know

    Posted by yolanda | August 10, 2017, 11:33 pm
  28. Luke- thinking about you. Everyone is on your side and rooting for you. To beat this disease is one of the hardest things to do in life. That’s why there’s an army of collective strength and love rooting for you and ready to hold your hand and to guide you with their tools for recovery.

    You are not alone, my brother.

    Posted by Ariana | September 24, 2017, 1:09 pm

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