Fighting addiction at a Thai monastery

By Reuters/Jorge Silva.   May 11, 2017 | 10:56 am GMT+7
A cocaine addiction had pushed Cengiz, a 38-year-old Turkish German, to the brink of suicide, until he found salvation half a world away at a Buddhist monastery in Thailand.

Cengiz seemed to have it all.
A high-paying job in Germany's tech sector gave him money and prestige, but his life was spiralling out of control. A cocaine addiction had pushed him to the brink of suicide.
Desperate for escape after waking up one morning in a pool of his own blood, he found salvation half a world away at a Buddhist monastery in Thailand known for its drug rehabilitation programme.

Photos by Reuters/Jorge Silva.