We all know hard drugs like meth and heroin are both scary and awful on the body. Teachers drill it to us in school and sometimes TV ads will pop up as a reminder. But knowing it is very different than feeling it, which is how many people end up addicted.
Take Dejah Hall, for instance. The 26 year-old from Arizona just celebrated four years of sobriety on December 6th. She decided to post before and after photos on her Facebook page with an emotional description describing her tumultuous but successful journey. And the results of that journey are as clear as day:
“Today marks 4 years clean from heroin and meth,” Hall wrote in the caption. “The top left is me in full blown addiction, I was a terrible iv user and like most, progressively got worse.” According to the recovered addict, the bottom left photo marked a low point, where she was arrested and unintentionally starting her road to recovery. Since then, Hall has made a significant improvement, hoping to get her BA and become a prison minister.
It all began when she started using painkillers as a teenager. It didn’t take long before Hall discovered heroin after a friend offered her a hit. “The addict side of me came out and I said I would just take one but one wasn’t enough,” Hall recalled to MailOnline. “By the second hit I fell in love with the high. It was numbing.” Shortly after, she began using meth regularly, describing herself as “a monster in every way.”
In 2012, Hall visited her grandfather; at that time, she was injecting meth and heroin regularly. Apparently, her grandfather said to her that “she was hurting him.” A few hours later, Hall had been arrested for possession of dangerous drugs and paraphernalia. After going to jail two weeks later, her grandfather passed away, and Hall chose to immediately quit drugs.
Hall has since reached to God for help in her recovery from addiction, as well as reuniting with her family again and cutting ties with other drug users. Upon opening herself up on Facebook, Hall has been commended for her honesty from friends, family, and strangers alike.
“I don’t crave those drugs anymore,” Hall proudly stated. “I don’t hang with those people anymore – people on those drugs don’t care. You don’t care who you hurt.”
Hall hopes that her pictures going viral help other drug addicts feel that recovery and a new life are totally possible. It’s clear that she truly found both happiness and health.
[H/T: Elite Daily]