Women at Rehab Center Struggle to Move Past Addiction

The brightly painted walls and sky-blue uniforms at Sichuan province’s only Compulsory Isolated Drug Rehabilitation Center for women belie the troubled personal histories of many who live there.

A resident surnamed He, who is receiving treatment for her methamphetamine addiction, said she began abusing drugs after her abusive marriage fell apart. Her ex-husband, whom she had married against her parents’ wishes, was a gambling addict who neglected their daughter and violently assaulted He at the slightest provocation, He said.

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