Many of us have been touched in some way by addiction. It can take a toll on us and those around us. Benyi Johnson knows this all too well. He wears his sobriety proudly, having battled addiction in NYC before making the brave decision to stay sober....
Many of us have been touched in some way by addiction. It can take a toll on us and those around us. Benyi Johnson knows this all too well. He wears his sobriety proudly, having battled addiction in NYC before making the brave decision to stay sober. But Benyi's story starts way before then. He was born in Dakar, Senegal, to parents of Togolese and Senegalese descent. His mom and dad worked for companies and organizations that are no longer around today. Now, Benyi is the host of the Stairways to Redemption podcast and is seven months sober. We know that sobriety is a journey that requires courage and support. So if you're looking to hear stories of redemption, please check out and support Benyi's work.
As a survivor of the civil war in Ivory Coast, Benyi has an inspiring appreciation for life that many of us can relate to. His story of immigrating to the United States has opened my eyes to the reality that the Green card experience is not limited to one option. Although expensive, there are other paths available for those who are already recipients of Green cards. Whether you are a teenager or an adult, Benyi's story is an important reminder that there are always other options.
I had a blast of nostalgia when Benyi took me down memory lane to my Catholic days. We shared some hilarious stories about his college days, and I can definitely agree with him that the English Language can be confusing. Benyi shed some light on the Akan names, and I was surprised to find out we share the same name, but with different spellings.
I am so proud of Benyi for his candor when discussing his journey with addiction and his battle to obtain sobriety. The only yellow card I can give him is his lack of love for music artists from Togo and Senegal, but I'm sure he'll change. I'm also thankful that we both share a love for ginger juice.
I'm proud of Benyi for the progress he has made and will continue to encourage our friends and loved ones, particularly our fellow immigrants, to take advantage of the resources available for rehab.
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Intro 0:00 -02:00, Meet The Guest 02:15 - 04:51, Benjamin Instead of Benyi 05:24 - 06:38, Meaning of Name 06:40 - 15:52, Place of Birth 16:05 - 17:44, Childhood 17:48 - 20:00, Favorite Childhood Memory 20:25 - 22:03, Arrival in US 24:08 - 33:02, Coming Back to NY 34:40 - 37:39, Addiction Beginning 40:08 - 46:25, We Think We Are Invisible 47:00 - 1:05:25, 2nd Time in Rehab 1:05:30 - 1:08:16, Me 1:11:54 - 1:20:06, Cuisine 1:25:15 - 1:29:47, Music 1:31:02 - 1:35:39, Final Q + Plugin 1:36:16 - 1:40:49. Wrap up 1:40:49 - 1:42:26
Hi I'm Benyi Johnson. For 7 long years, I struggled with addiction. But in the summer of 2022, I decided to take control of my life and went into rehab. Now, 90 days later, I'm ready to share my story and inspire others who are also battling addiction.
Stairway to Redemption is my podcast about my search for answers. I'm not sure if I will ever drink again, but I'm determined to find out what works for me, and to help others find what works for them too.
It's an uphill battle, but my mission is to keep going, one step at a time. And if I can do it, so can you. Join me on my journey and let's find our way toward redemption together.