It is not surprising anymore to see women getting addicted to drugs. This is a very saddening scenario because this problem only leads to another problem. When a mother, for example, becomes addicted to drugs, her family, especially the kids will be very much affected. Just like this situation which led President Halimah to call for more to be done to deter drug abuse among females.

Vanessa (not her real name) is a recovering drug addict. After she was arrested for consuming Ice, the 26-year-old spent close to a year in prison. She has spent the last two months at a halfway home for rehabilitation and has another four months more here before release. But Vanessa is already anxious to go home to her six-year-old son.

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“I have not seen him for more than a year. My world came crashing down when I was sent to prison and separated from my son. He is my biggest motivation to turn my life around and change,” she said. “Once I am out, I will work so that he will be proud of me.”

Vanessa stays at The Turning Point, Singapore’s only all-women residential halfway house which provides rehabilitation services to substance abusers and ex-offenders recovering from drug abuse.

The age of residents range from those in their 20s to 60s.

On Friday (Oct 11), President Halimah Yacob met 13 of the former drug abusers, including Vanessa, at The Turning Point and talked to them about their hopes and dreams. The President also toured the premises, located in Jamaica Road in Sembawang.