29 Jan '11, 10pm

Too many choices, too little help: FOR Mr Johnny Chin, 36, growing up in a loving family did not stop him from s...

Too many choices, too little help: FOR Mr Johnny Chin, 36, growing up in a loving family did not stop him from s...

Saved from a life of drugs that was spiralling out of control. -- PHOTO: NP FOR Mr Johnny Chin, 36, growing up in a loving family did not stop him from spiralling into a life of drugs. He was first introduced to cigarettes and drugs at 13, when he joined a secret society. He did not even complete his Secondary 1 education. The next 19 years saw him in and out of halfway houses and rehabilitation centres. Even his mother's death in 1997 failed to spur him to change his ways. But he took a good look at himself in the mirror four years ago. 'I couldn't recognise myself any more. I just kept asking myself why I chose to destroy my life in that way.' Since then, he has freed himself from drugs, snagged a diploma in counselling and psychology, and is getting married in three weeks. Read the full story in The Sunday Times.

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/...

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