Cox enjoyed a rewarding career as a registered nurse, until a rising drug addiction began to cost him his job, his family and his self-respect. His path toward rebuilding his life is explored with startling detail in this series of stories, essays and poems. He describes his narrative as “…real and brutally-honest.”
An excerpt from “My name is Ben, and I’m a Nurse / Addict”:
“I try and remember when I was last happy, really happy. When I was married perhaps, to the woman I have been with for over eight years. No. Maybe when my child was born, which should be the happiest moment in every father’s life? No. Why can’t I remember feeling happy?
I have a great job that I am good at and pays well, a beautiful home, a beautiful wife, a gorgeous little girl, supportive parents, I am educated, in good physical health, good looking, caring, friendly, funny…….why can I not remember for the life of me when I was last happy?”
“Getting caught was the best thing that could have happened,” Cox writes. “It has caused me to get to know who I am, and finally find some self-worth.”
About the Author
Benjamin D. Cox grew up in St. Anthony, Newfoundland, and lived in Dundas, Ontario and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. A former registered nurse and now a full-time writer, he has an 8-year-old daughter. He lives in Nova Scotia, and is open and honest about his addiction.
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