Bennie represents the millions of people who work hard trying to carve out a piece of the American dream in a system that sometimes backfires on people. Growing up in North Minneapolis, Bennie’s family was not the normal family.
In a formally notorious series of African American neighborhoods that for years were always poor, crime ridden, the culture in the neighborhood was that everyone smoked weed and drank, that was the norm and not looked at as a problem, however when some one started using harder drugs, then then community would look at you as someone with a problem.
Bennie’s experiences followed the same trajectory as many of us in recovery have experienced, but his was unique in that there were cultural and social considerations to consider. Bennie has been sober for 10 years, growing stronger in his resolve each year.
In this episode we talk about…
- Bennie reveals his story and offers his advice and hopes for those who still struggle.
- Growing up in tough part of Minneapolis, the culture
- Overcoming the odds and making his life great in recovery