Addiction is a family disease that affects generations. Often, everyone in the family suffers, and that was certainly the case in Alec's family. Alec’s journey to sobriety spanned over 15 years with periods of being sober followed by relapses and serious legal issues. Here's the story of how his finally found lasting hope.
Alec's Struggle Was Real
Like many new to recovery, Alec initially struggled to stay sober. He had a strong will and thought he could run his own recovery program rather than what is outlined in Alcoholics Anonymous through the Big Book, the 12 Steps and Narcotics Anonymous.
He finally found hope in the Sarasota County Jail Men’s Recovery POD and became willing to listen to others with long term sobriety. Alec got a sponsor and began working the 12 Steps of recovery. Upon his release, he moved into Purpose House in Sarasota, Florida. He took advantage of an array of support services and resources, including coaching and faith-based services with Celebrate Recovery.
In March of 2017 Alec earned a 1-year coin in the rooms of AA and was proud of his accomplishment.
Alec Faced A Final Hardship
Unfortunately, in June 2017 Alec was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and passed away in January of 2018. He is survived by his parents and a 9-year-old daughter all of whom loved him dearly.
Alec's parents, Bob and Lynn Benson, have generously created a scholarship fund to help others find sobriety. They explain,
"In establishing this scholarship in his memory, it is our wish to provide assistance to individuals who demonstrate a willingness to become sober. This scholarship will be funded during our life time to help those in need at Purpose House."
With Your Help, We Can Help Many Others
Too often, young people like Alec struggle to get a fresh start because they can't afford even one or two week's rent. The Alec Benson Scholarship Program helps men and women, who have completed their time served in both Sarasota and Manatee County Jails, move into Purpose House. A small tax-deductible gift from you could literally mean the difference between life and death.