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  • Watch the film, read the book.

    Having watched the documentary Ben: Diary of a Heroin Addict, I already knew the back story of the book, which is in 2 parts. The first part tells the story of Ben's early years, his family life and ultimately his battle with addictions to both heroin and alcohol. But addiction isn't just a solitary disease - it massively impacts on family and friends and it's this side of the story that often goes untold.... until now. The impact of Ben's addictions had a massive effect on his family and left me unable to put the book down and in places trying to read with tears streaming down my face. The pain and frustration of drug addictions is very real and often not talked about due to the shame and the social stigma. Anne's story didn't end with Ben's death, although she could easily have been forgiven for wanting to lead a quieter, less stressful life after dealing with Ben's addictions for so long. Instead, she campaigned tirelessly to get Ben's story into schools as part of the anti-drug education programme. She has toured the country to various screenings of the film and recently travelled to Beirut. Her strength of character, love for her family (including Ben) and determination to save just one more family from enduring the hell of heroin addiction is inspiring. In real life, Anne Rogers is a wonderful lady who I am privileged to know. I would definitely recommend anyone read this, particularly those who have a loved one dealing with addiction. You are not alone.

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