Former cop opens salon for female drug addicts
Updated: 2005-11-21 08:40
A former police officer has set up a drug salon for female addicts in Zhabei
District to help them kick their habits.
Ge Ziming, 56, left the police force to become a social worker in 2003, and
set up the salon in early 2004.
Ge said he ran into many difficulties when he started his new job in Zhabei's
There were more than 80 registered drug addicts in the town, but only one
"It occurred to me that gathering the addicts together may save my energy as
well as help more addicts. The number of female addicts in my district is about
three to four times more than average, so I decided to build up a female
anti-drug salon," Ge said.
Women gather in the office of the local neighborhood committee on a regular
basis, to discuss their problems and support each other in the battle against
"Anti-drug salons are rarely used in helping drug addicts, as regular
meetings may cause them to be attracted to shoot up again. So I started with
only 5 addicts who had got well. The effect was unexpectedly good. Women are all
born to love beauty, even drug addicts," Ge said.
Ge and the neighborhood committee have organized several outings for the
women over the past two years, including trips to museums, memorials and
"I hope taking part in more social activities can help them recover their
normal social lives and abandon feelings of inferiority," Ge said.
The salon's group leader, Li Xia, was a beautiful, promising model at the age
of 16. She lost control of her life, however, when her boyfriend introduced her
to heroin. Li says she couldn't kick her habit even after three failed suicide
She said she finally stop using after joining the salon. Now she has set up
her own company, and spends a lot of time warning others about the evils of
drugs. The salon has also helped several former addicts to get career training
and find new jobs.
"Now my wish is to enlarge my salon and help more drug addicts, but it must
be a long-term process as we first have to identify potential members," Ge said.
Despite his success, Ge says he still worries about his salon's future.