A woman has shared a before-and-after photo of herself after being 1,000 days heroin free.
She posted the picture to Reddit and received thousands of comments to congratulate her on her progress, while also shared their stories about getting drug-free and offering support.
“You might not be able to see the difference but I can. In the pic with me with blonde hair I was miserable.
“I had just left my fellow junkie boyfriend and was withdrawing. My mom encouraged me to get pizza with her, and she was so excited to see me she snapped that photo.
“I remember being so shitty to her, even though she was just happy to see her daughter.
“My drug addiction at this point had fully taken over any thought that came through my brain.
“I had cut off all my hair and bleached it to a crisp. I had picked and plucked until my eyebrows were about gone and I had sores the size of dimes.
“I isolated myself and hardly ate (hint at how thin I was). I remember not being able to even look at the pizza and ordering a rather expensive shitty alcoholic beverage because I needed to not feel like shit and what did it matter if my mom was paying.
“The picture on the right is a whole different person completely. That’s a person who loves herself.
“I’ve grown out my hair, stopped picking myself until I draw blood, and while I’m not as thin as I’d like, I’m healthy!
“Also, that is a girl celebrating her anniversary with her significant other who saw her when she was at her worst and trying to better herself.”
This is her website DisregardThisOrDont and eight months ago, she shared this shocking before and after:
And this is the real and hard hitting difference than everyone can see and appreciate:
Congrats to her!
Heroin is one of the hardest drug to quit and also very easily addictive, according to the Dream Centre for Recovery.
Users are at risk of contracting, HIV, Hep c and gangrene from infecting their veins which will then end up in an amputation of a limb.
And most definitely their body will quickly deteriorate and the user is assured death faster than they can fathom.
And if users try to stop heroin suddenly they will experience a set of withdrawal symptoms, including extreme pain, sweating and nausea.
Doctors have a number of ways to help get people clean. One of these methods includes taking an opiate substitute, such as methadone, as well as ‘blockers’ which stop heroin from giving the user any high.
If you need help with drug addiction, you can talk to Frank online, or call 0300 123 6600.