Recognising the rhythm in addiction offers new ways to escape it

Barut was a heavy user of heroin substitutes and crack when we met in Paris in 2014. He’d grown up in what he called a ‘broken home’ in Bulgaria, and started with hard drugs early. Heroin then caught him during construction jobs in Spain and later in Paris. Having gone through another unsuccessful rehab programme just before we met, Barut spent most of his days at the Gare du Nord, Europe’s busiest train station. His life revolved around drugs. His mornings often started just outside the city centre, in an underground parking lot or abandoned train. ….[READ]