THE downward spiral continues for Ben Mitchell next week and his life could be in danger.
Ben's drug addiction gets out of hand and he's set for a shock overdose next week in EastEnders.
Failing to cope with the trauma lingering from his rape, Ben (played by Max Bowden) has turned to drugs to have a modicum of a normal life.
However, people around him are noticing his behaviour is worse than ever and the troublemaker isn't willing to get any help.
Coming up, Kathy Beale (portrayed by Gillian Taylforth) is unimpressed to see Ben has spent the night with his old school friend James.
The pair make plans for later but Kathy reminds Ben his daughter Lexi will be going undergoing her dance exam and the family have organised a family meal.
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Meanwhile, Suki tries to make amends with her son Kheerat but things get heated when they Ben is listening.
Ben tries to offer some advice but Kheerat makes his feelings clear and their friendship is clearly broken beyond repair.
Things go from bad to worse when Ben shows up late for Lexi's exam and is forced to explain the delay while noticing how hurt his daughter is.
Lexi tells Ben she misses her old dad, the one who had no issues with addiction, but he only snaps at her and makes her cry.
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Ben is gutted and, awash with guilt, he turns to Tez for drugs – and his aunt Sam is worried she may be exposed due to this exchange.
Sam tells Ben to pull himself together but, instead, he heads to a party to find James and takes more and more drugs.
With his behaviour spiralling more out of control than ever, Ben is asked by James to go home.
Realising he's late for Lexi's dinner, he leaves her an emotional voicemail and says he's on his way – but he collapses.
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In later scenes, Lexi is upset Ben has let her down again and her family try to comfort her as Callum Highway and Jay Brown arrive.
Lexi plays the voicemail she received from Ben and all of them realise something is wrong.
Ben is eventually found with no pulse and the paramedics soon rush him to hospital.
Can they save him?
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EastEnders airs from Monday to Thursday on BBC One.
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