Ben’s Friends is the food and beverage industry support group offering hope, fellowship, and a path forward to professionals who struggle with substance abuse and addiction.
Founded in honor of Ben Murray, a lifelong chef who took his own life after struggling with alcoholism for years, Ben’s Friends exists to provide a safe haven and an anonymous, judgment-free forum for workers in an industry that has one of the highest rates of substance abuse in the country.
Ben’s Friends models acceptance and gratitude, and though unaffiliated with either AA or NA, shares an important commonality: the only thing you need to bring through the door is a desire to stop drinking or using.
By providing open ears, hearts, and minds — along with many decades of experience with living sober in the food and beverage industry — Ben’s Friends offers a safe and constructive haven for those grappling with and maintaining sobriety. By coming together, by starting a dialogue, and by acknowledging that substance abuse cannot be overcome in isolation or by willpower alone, Ben’s Friends hopes to write a new chapter in the lives of our country’s talented and dedicated food and beverage professionals and prevent tragedies like that of Ben Murray from becoming all too common.
Group Meetings every Sunday at 11am at The Cedar Room
701 E Bay St | Suite 200 | Charleston, SC 29403
Group meetings every Monday at 11am at O-Ku Charlotte
2000 South Boulevard | Suite 510 | Charlotte, NC 28203
Group Meetings every Sunday at 11am and Monday at 4pm at Crawford & Son
618 N Person St | Raleigh, NC 27604
Group Meetings every Monday and Thursday at Noon at O-Ku Atlanta
1085 Howell Mill Rd | Atlanta, GA 30318
Group Meetings every Mondays at 10am at Heritage
1627 W Main Street | Richmond, VA 23220
Group Meetings every Tuesdays at 10am at Jacobsen Salt Co.
602 SE Salmon St | Portland, OR 97214
Group Meetings every Sunday at 11 a.m. at Cameron’s American Bistro
2185 W Dublin Granville Rd. Worthington, OH 43085
Group meetings every Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Posana
1 Biltmore Avenue | Asheville, NC 28801
Group meetings every Monday at 11 a.m. at Comedor Austin
501 Colorado Street | Austin, TX 78701
Beginning Nov. 4, group meetings every Monday at 10 a.m. at Eight Row
7102 Woodlawn Avenue NE | Seattle, WA 98115