Ten years ago, if someone had told Ben Armstrong he would become the executive director of Three Dimensional Life—a Christian residential recovery center for young men struggling with addiction—he wouldn’t have believed you. That’s because he was seven years into addiction himself.
Armstrong says his parents’ divorce was a defining moment in his childhood. When he was 17 years old, he turned to drugs as a place to find acceptance and friendship.
“From that day on, I used drugs every day for the next seven years,” Armstrong says. He finished high school through an alternative program, left home and spent the next several years living with his dealer or couch surfing with friends.
“I was a student at Kennesaw State for three years but only received one credit, if that tells you anything about my life at that time,” he says.
His life took a drastic turn on July 29, 2007 when he overdosed on what he calls a cocktail of drugs that led to initiating a fistfight with police officers and left him in a three-day coma. The moment he woke up with his arms and feet handcuffed to a hospital bed was the moment he knew he had to turn his life around.
Armstrong entered the rehabilitation center No Longer Bound in August 2007. He says he found healing as he addressed the issues that led him to drugs in the first place. He completed the nine-month program, then stayed at the facility another nine months as in intern, where he learned job and life skills to help him transition into life outside of rehab.