Ben Ferrie started using drugs at age 9.
“I went in full throttle,” he said.
The twists and turns of the years that followed took him on a roller coaster ride… he did well in school, exceled in baseball, landed good jobs, and even got married. But, despite many stay in rehab centers, his addiction to drugs and alcohol remained unchecked.
“I didn’t have a purpose in life. I was spiritually bankrupt,” he said. “I had a good job. I was married. I had a place to live. But I bombed all that. I had nothing left. There was no peace.”
But today, Ben - now 30 at living at Good Samaritan Mission’s Discipleship House - says he is a man at peace. A man with a purpose. Sober for about six months, Ben credits his stay at Jericho’s ministry with helping him turn a corner. “There’s a good network of people here,” he said.
“My prayer had always been ‘to whom it may concern,’” he said. “Now I’m working through spiritual things at my own pace, with my own understanding, but this time it’s a peaceful approach rather than a struggle. I’m more aware of my emotions, my anger and resentfulness. And I’m learning acceptance. I’m learning to be present in the moment. I’m determined to do it right this time.”
Ben says his recovery is now propelled by the notion that he’s found his purpose: working with those who are walking the same path.
“I want to get into public speaking, and working with addicts and the homeless,” he said. “I’ve learned that one act of kindness can affect a lot of people.” With his sights on taking online classes (he’s four classes short of his Associates degree), he’s taking the first steps toward living out ‘kindness’ by working part-time at Savers – a company that currently employs a handful of Discipleship House residents.
“Savers does a lot of good in the community, a lot of outreach and I wanted to be a part of that,” he said. “I’ve had offers to go into other jobs, but I like what I have going on right now. I’m making it work for me. Before, my biggest fear in life was being sober for the rest of my life. Now, I’m simply enjoying each moment, and not projecting into the future or dwelling on the past. I’m in the moment.”