It is with a heavy heart that TCA announces the passing of our dear friend, board member and past president, Charlie Devlin. With more than 50 years in recovery, Charlie worked tirelessly on behalf of the millions of individuals and family members whose lives had been impacted by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. His passing marks a tremendous loss to all of us in the recovery community; and he will be missed more than words can express. Charlie is survived by his wife, Whitney, of 48 years and leaves behind two sons, Eric and Jason. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.
For those who may not have had the good fortune to know Charlie personally, what follows is a summary of his many professional achievements and distinctions at both the domestic and international level.
An early pioneer in the recovery movement and former Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of Daytop Village, Charlie Devlin amassed more than 45 years of experience in substance abuse treatment, most recently serving as Vice President, Substance Abuse and Development with Brightpoint Health, a multifaceted healthcare organization that delivers comprehensive and integrated health care and support services across New York City. Prior to his tenure at Brightpoint, Mr. Devlin served as President of Therapeutic Communities of America from 1994-1998, President of the Therapeutic Communities Association of New York from 1999-2003, and President of the New York State Association of Substance Abuse Programs from 1984-1988.
At the international level, Mr. Devlin served as Deputy President of the World Federation of Therapeutic Communities. Furthermore, Charles chaired the International Organizing Committee and was responsible for organizing twenty-three worldwide conferences to promote networking between substance abuse professionals representing both governmental and non-governmental agencies.
Mr. Devlin was the recipient of many citations from the World Federation of Therapeutic Communities, the Kiwanis Club of New York City, UNICEF, the Governor’s Lifetime Service Award in the field of alcohol and substance abuse, Drug Fighter of the Year (1988) by the New York State Association of Substance Abuse Providers, and Humanitarian of the Year (2006) from the Learning for Life division of the Boy Scouts of America. In 2014 he received the Ira J. Marion “Champion” Award from the New York State Association of Substance Abuse Providers.
Charlie was always there to support, guide and assist any of us. He was a mediator, a persuader, and a constant voice of reason and hope….RIP Dear Friend, you will be truly missed.