"Brother, have a taste, it's a good thing." At the end of 2019, Xiaotian (pseudonym), a 15-year-old boy from Yunnan, had a party at a KTV bar with several friends he made in the society.

After three rounds of drinking, a friend introduced him to a "sober artifact", claiming to be exciting.

At the encouragement of his friends, Xiaotian took a few breaths.

Unexpectedly, Xiaotian's life has been turned upside down since then.

  In compulsory drug rehab centers across the country, there are not a few young people like Xiaotian. They are lost in the deep sea and lose their way.

The police in the drug rehab center are the "ferrymen" who "go home". They help groups of young drug addicts regain their confidence with sincerity and care, and get through the "last mile" of reintegration into society.

  On the eve of the 35th International Anti-Drug Day on June 26, reporters from China Youth Daily and China Youth Daily interviewed a number of young people who were recovering from drugs, and talked to the police on the front line.

  "Yunnan Province is not only the main battlefield of the anti-drug fight, but also the hardest hit area of ​​drug harm." Yang Hua, member of the Party Committee of the Yunnan Provincial Department of Justice, Secretary of the Party Committee and Director of the Yunnan Provincial Drug Rehabilitation Administration, told reporters that since June 2014, Yunnan Province has not Adult drug addicts are managed in a centralized manner, and the Provincial No. 1 Compulsory Isolation Drug Rehabilitation Center and the Provincial Women's Compulsory Isolation Drug Rehabilitation Center have established brigades and squadrons for the treatment of minor drug addicts.

"Detoxification is very painful. I haven't closed my eyes for 7 days, and my body is like a plate of loose sand"

  Xiaotian recalled that the first time he took drugs, he hadn't closed his eyes for three days and two nights. "I didn't want to eat or drink water.

When he found out that he had inhaled drugs, Xiaotian was filled with remorse.

  The relevant person in charge of the Guangdong Drug Rehabilitation Administration said that drug dealers often take advantage of young people’s work and life pressure, their lack of awareness of the rule of law, their poor ability to distinguish right from wrong, and their preference for fashion and excitement to lure them into taking drugs, so as to obtain long-term fixation.” Clients”, obtain monetary benefits from them, and even engage in illegal and criminal activities by controlling young people’s drug use.

  From September to December 2021, the Guangdong Provincial Drug Rehabilitation Administration organized a special survey on "the first sip" with the drug addicts in the facility as samples. The "ten characteristics" of younger age, low education, and low income are obvious.

  In April 2020, Xiaotian, who had been poisoned for half a year, was seized by the public security organs and placed in administrative detention for 14 days.

Under the strict control of his parents, Xiaotian temporarily cut off communication with "drug friends".

  Half a year later, at a friend's birthday party, Xiaotian relapsed under the instigation of a "drug friend" and was seized by the public security organs again.

  Xiaotian thought that the public security organs would release him again after 14 days of detention.

This time, he was sent to the first compulsory isolation drug rehabilitation center in Yunnan Province for two years.

  From unrestrained to entering the drug rehab center, Xiaotian did not realize that his behavior had touched the "red line" of the law.

He couldn't adjust to life in a drug rehab center. In the first week, he barely slept, and images of drug addiction flashed through his mind frequently.

"The process of detoxification is very painful. The whole person has no spirit. The body is like a plate of loose sand. I just want to lie down or squat." Xiaotian said.

  Xu Shoulu, deputy head of the 13th Brigade of the Third Compulsory Isolation Drug Rehabilitation Center in Yunnan Province, introduced that according to the national unified judicial and administrative drug treatment work basic model requirements, after drug addicts are transferred to the drug rehabilitation center, they have to go through four stages: physiological detoxification period, education Adaptation period, rehabilitation consolidation period, return guidance period.

  Xu Shoulu said that the entire detoxification period is up to two years, and those who have performed well can reduce the period, but the shortest period of detoxification is no less than 18 months.

At present, Xiaotian has entered a period of rehabilitation and consolidation, and in September this year, he will restart his new life.

The real detox starts from stepping out of the door of the drug rehab center

  "Drug rehabilitation personnel are lawbreakers, victims of drugs, and patients." Xiong Yuzhu, member of the party committee and deputy director of the Sichuan Women's Compulsory Isolation Drug Rehabilitation Center, told reporters that new drugs are more damaging to the body than traditional drugs such as methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana. Furthermore, it is easy to cause lung infection, urinary tract infection, acute heart failure, serious skin infection and other diseases, threatening life and health.

  Zhang Hong, a political instructor at the Fuzhou Women's Drug Rehabilitation Center in Fujian Province, reminded young people that the harm of new drugs should not be underestimated. At present, 90% of drug addicts in the center are taking new drugs.

New drugs, also known as synthetic drugs, mainly refer to psychoactive drugs synthesized by artificial chemistry, which directly act on the central nervous system of human beings to excite or inhibit people.

  "It damages human tissues and organs, especially the central nervous system of the brain, is irreversible. Damage to the central nervous system can lead to mental abnormalities, acute and chronic mental disorders, and even pathological mental symptoms such as persecutory delusions, tracking delusions, and auditory hallucinations. ." Zhang Hong said.

  "Real drug rehabilitation does not start from the day you step into the drug rehabilitation center, but from the step you walk out of the door of the drug rehabilitation center." Wang Zhihao, the first-level police chief of the Fourth Brigade of the First Compulsory Isolation Drug Rehabilitation Center in Yunnan Province, said that the high-wall compound in the drug rehabilitation center , drug addicts cannot obtain drugs, and will subjectively reduce their cravings for drugs.

Once the drug addicts return to the society, back to their former social circle, and drugs are put on the table again, it is the moment when the will of the drug addicts is really tested. "Drug addiction is more 'heart addiction', and psychological dependence is drug addiction. The root cause of difficulty quitting.”

  "One-time drug addiction, life-long drug rehabilitation." Zheng Fang, director of the Education and Correction Department of the Sichuan Provincial Drug Rehabilitation Administration, said that the difficulty of returning to employment is the main reason why many drug addicts relapse again.

  According to Yang Hua, at present, the Yunnan Provincial Drug Rehabilitation Administration and the education department have established a linkage mechanism to help more than 30 minor drug addicts receive cultural education in the center or return to school after leaving the center, and successfully complete the learning tasks in the compulsory education stage.

At the same time, the Yunnan Drug Rehabilitation Administration has cooperated with local government departments to build 48 follow-up care workstations for extricators to carry out vocational training, employment assistance and other work for extricators. So far, more than 11,000 people have been cared for, and the integrity of the care objects has been maintained. The rate of maintenance is 78%, and the maintenance rate of personnel integrity for 3 years is 54.15%.

College students who walked out of drug rehab

  "I still want to go to school." At the end of 2016, Wu Ting (pseudonym), who was only 15 years old, entered the Sichuan Women's Compulsory Isolation Drug Rehabilitation Center for a year, and gradually adapted to a regular and healthy life of drug rehabilitation.

Once, during a heart-to-heart talk with Officer Xiong, Wu Ting revealed her wish to continue her studies.

  It turned out that Wu Ting's parents divorced, her mother ran away from home, and her father worked outside all year round.

At the beginning of 2013, Wu Ting, who lacked the company of her parents since childhood, dropped out of school. She was attracted by a bunch of bottles and jars while interacting with several "sisters" in the society.

"They put the white powder on a variety of containers and heat it up and suck on it with a straw. It's like smoking, puffing, and it's trendy."

  "Can you give me a breath of this?" Driven by curiosity, 13-year-old Wu Ting embarked on the road of drug addiction.

  Wang Zhihao pointed out that due to family factors such as lack of family education and deformity of the original family, the proportion of minors who started to be exposed to drugs was as high as 85%.

  In September 2015, Wu Ting was seized twice by the public security organs for drug use. At the request of her family, she was sent to the Sichuan Women's Compulsory Isolated Drug Rehabilitation Center for two years.

Here, Xiong Yuzhu saw the thin and small Wu Ting for the first time, and was full of distress.

  Knowing Wu Ting's wish to continue school, Xiong Yuzhu agreed, "Okay, I will try my best to help you find the accepted school before you go out. You can study in peace now."

  Xiong Yuzhu formulated an individual correction plan for Wu Ting, and arranged for her to participate in the nine-year compulsory education compensation class for Shaojie Yulei to continue to complete the nine-year compulsory education.

Wu Ting never thought that her inadvertent words would be so taken seriously, "Officer Xiong is like a beam of light, re-illuminating my life."

  "We cannot accept drug addicts into school." In the past few months, Xiong Yuzhu and his colleagues had a lot of closed doors.

The school is worried that Wu Ting will affect other students after she enrolls, or that she will be dissatisfied by the parents of the students after her identity is exposed.

  On August 20, 2017, Xiong Yuzhu and others contacted the Narcotics Control Commission of Wu Ting's jurisdiction again to seek support.

After a week of hard work, the Education Bureau of the jurisdiction contacted a vocational high school in Sichuan Province, and finally determined the matters related to Wu Ting's admission.

  On September 14, Wu Ting re-entered the school and started a new study life.

The district government listed her as an object of poverty alleviation and provided her with necessary living expenses and full tuition support.

In 2020, Wu Ting was successfully admitted to the university and studied broadcasting and hosting. Her life was reversed again. She hopes to become a radio host after graduation and use her voice to transmit power.

  "This child is the only college student I have seen who has gone out of a drug rehabilitation center in the 14 years I have worked. It is very rare." Xiong Yuzhu said with emotion.

  China Youth Daily, China Youth Daily reporter Han Yangxian Oujie Source: China Youth Daily