04 Oct Ben’s Story
My name is Ben. I am 37 years old and from Pembroke, VA. I have 3 beautiful daughters: Jaiden (12), Jasmine (10) and Serenity (15 months). I grew up in a Christian home and was raised in Church. My grandfather was a pastor and also my role model. He passed away when I was nine years old and that really affected me a lot. I became angry at God for taking my “Paw Paw” from me and became very rebellious and at the age of 15 I started smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana.
When I was 16, My senior year in High School, I was in a bad car accident and suffered a broken and dislocated hip. This is when I had my first encounter with pain killers. I go into pain management and started doctor shopping, seeing multiple doctors to feed my addiction. This continued through my twenties and into my early thirties; and then I tried heroin!
My addiction continued to spiral out of control and about 2 ½ years ago, I overdosed and was basically dead; but God had other plans for me. I went back to jail for 18 months but was also ordered to come to Teen Challenge.
Since being in the program, I have given my heart back to the Lord and have happiness and peace that I haven’t had in a long time. God has not only continued to bless me, but has also bless my family tremendously. I’m so thankful for the work that He’s done in my life and the work that he’s doing to continue to do, not only in my life, but the lives of my brothers and sisters and those around me.
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