CORIANO, ITALY - 28 October 2013: Sara Floriddia (34), a former heroin addict, is part of a running team that will represent the San Patrignano rehabilitation center next Sunday in the New York City marathon, in Coriano, Italy, on October 28th 2013.
“We are broken vases that have been glued together again,” Ms. Floriddia said with a hint of melancholy. “But if we can work and live in a healthy environment, we won’t break again.”
San Patrignano is a drug rehabilitation center (the largest in Europe) with 1,300 residents that doubles as a small farming community. The addicts submit to a four-year rehabilitation program in which they must cultivate their own food, clean their rooms and undertake tasks such as making cheese, raising pigs and cows and producing wine.