Easy to relapse during periods of emotional lows, say former heroin addicts

Recovering drug addicts (from left) Sunny, Mi and Sibak are residents of Pertapis Halfway House in Geylang. Former addicts say they turned to heroin as an attempt to numb themselves to emotional pain.
Recovering drug addicts (from left) Sunny, Mi and Sibak are residents of Pertapis Halfway House in Geylang. Former addicts say they turned to heroin as an attempt to numb themselves to emotional pain.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

When he found out that his long-time girlfriend was cheating on him, recovering addict Sibak went back to heroin, undoing all the hard work he had put in for 14 months to stay clean.

"I wanted to numb myself to the pain," said the 29-year-old, who is serving his second sentence for drug offences. His name has been changed to protect his identity.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 09, 2018, with the headline 'Easy to relapse during periods of emotional lows, say former addicts'. Print Edition | Subscribe