Ben: Diary Of A Heroin Addict

51 minutes 8.2/10 based on 15 votes

As a bright schoolboy from a loving, middle-class family Ben Rogers was expected to make a success of his life. Raised in a quiet, picturesque village Ben was a Boy Scout, loved cricket, played in the school orchestra and looked forward to the annual family holiday. But despite his privileged start in life Ben found himself on the road to ruin, injecting heroin up to four times a day.

During his last months, Ben kept a video diary of his drug use and desperate attempts to come off heroin. Ravaged by the drug, Ben’s body began to break down: he developed DVT and his veins were rendered so useless he had to inject into his groin. Despite his family’s best efforts, Ben couldn’t stop. He was haunted by, and hooked on, heroin.

Ben: Diary of A Heroin Addict charts his lies and manipulation as he mixes his next hit whilst telling his mother Anne he is clean and making a new start. It reveals Annes anger and tears as Ben loses his fight against the drugs and shows how father Mikes unconditional love continues undiminished as they are forced to deal with their sons addiction.

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  • Monika Magdalena

    Unbelievably heartbreaking story/film. I feel Ben’s sadness and struggle…I think he was a beautiful person both inside and out. It’s such a shame life ended for him this way, he was young…way too young to die. I also feel for his family and what they had to go through. Very loving family, who all cared for him and tried to help him. Rest In Peace, Ben…and Rest In Peace, Michael. You were both very good people.

  • poppins

    Fantastic docu. This should be shown at schools honest and thought provoking.
    RIP Ben and Michael so sad.

  • poppins

    My thoughts are with the mother and siblings left with just memories

  • Michael

    I have to say seeing the dad driving him to the dealers pissed me off, if Ben didn’t understand how f***ed up this is, I mean… there’s just no excuse for letting your own father do this kind of crap at his age. I’m sorry, no excuse for it.

  • Dina

    That is a slow death in hell. Sad for all involved. Thank god it’s over for him and his family! What a relief it must of been for all involved, to learn he had died.

  • Kelly

    …absolutely heartbreaking…If people don’t recognize alcoholism and drug addiction is an illness… and treat it as such…they only need to listen to stories like Ben’s. In my humble opinion, until society understands that…there will always be people dying from the disease. The shame and guilt Ben displayed was heart wrenching…believing if only he tried harder and was’t the worthless person he thought he was…he could beat it…and much of society would concur with his belief. And that’s the problem…until people understand addiction’s physiological, mental, and genetic components there can be no worthy change in how they are treated…

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