Sober, serving and giving support

Scott Crawford wants to eliminate the shame of alcoholism or drug abuse by providing a safe space for those struggling with addiction.

Crawford, of Crawford and Son restaurant in downtown Raleigh, started a Raleigh chapter of Ben’s Friends, a support group for people battling addiction in the hospitality industry.

“We have lots of people who want to change their lifestyle and feel like they have to leave the industry to do so,” Crawford said. “We want to shatter that notion. I want to speak as loudly and clearly as I can if you are working in this industry and struggling there is a place you can go and there are people that can help you.”

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Jaci Lund