Shocking Before & After Transformations Of People Who Quit Drugs

In early December, 26-year-old Dejah Hall, from Arizona, highlighted the harrowing effects of drug addiction by sharing her before-and-after photos on social media.

The brave mother-of-one shared the eye-opening photos of herself to celebrate four years of being clean from heroin and meth and spoke to Daily Mail Australia about her challenging journey to recovery.

The pictures were a refreshing sight to many, who are used to being bombarded with snaps of people who have spiralled into drug addiction, rather than those who have recovered.

Here, we look at some of the most inspiring snaps posted by people who have opened up about their own struggles with addiction and their own recoveries.

In early December, 26-year-old Dejah Hall, from Arizona, highlighted the harrowing effects of drug addiction by sharing her before-and-after photos on social mediaIn early December, 26-year-old Dejah Hall, from Arizona, highlighted the harrowing effects of drug addiction by sharing her before-and-after photos on social media

In early December, 26-year-old Dejah Hall, from Arizona, highlighted the harrowing effects of drug addiction by sharing her before-and-after photos on social media

The pictures were a refreshing sight to many, who were used to being bombarded with snaps of people who had spiralled into drug addiction, rather than those who had recoveredThe pictures were a refreshing sight to many, who were used to being bombarded with snaps of people who had spiralled into drug addiction, rather than those who had recovered

 The pictures were a refreshing sight to many, who were used to being bombarded with snaps of people who had spiralled into drug addiction, rather than those who had recovered

In 2015, one recovered ice addict told Daily Mail Australia that she had started taking the drug when it was casually offered to her by friends at ‘just a regular backyard barbecue’.

‘I was under the assumption it was smokeable gas at first. It was the first time in my life I had ever heard about or seen a glass ice pipe,’ she said.

‘I was just so young and naive about it. Pipes, light bulbs, foil and syringes soon became a part of my life.

In 2015, one recovered ice addict told Daily Mail Australia that she had started taking the drug when it was casually offered to her by friends at 'just a regular backyard barbecue'In 2015, one recovered ice addict told Daily Mail Australia that she had started taking the drug when it was casually offered to her by friends at 'just a regular backyard barbecue'

In 2015, one recovered ice addict told Daily Mail Australia that she had started taking the drug when it was casually offered to her by friends at ‘just a regular backyard barbecue’

‘For two years, which felt like at least three to four years to me, if I wanted it I got it. Within minutes or the same day even if it meant traveling to another city or town to get it.’

The woman, who ‘wanted to die’ and would often ‘lose her mind’ later mustered up the courage to call her sister and started a healing process.

‘I slept for weeks – only waking to eat. My kids are what I live for, they are my reason for getting clean.’

The most important part of recovering was ‘owning up to the fact that it was me who started it so I needed to finish it,’ she said.

'I believe the night the photo was taken I was dying for the last time. I weighed 41kgs, my skin was yellow & bruised all over,' recovered ice addict Sarah (pictured right 10 months later) said 

‘I believe the night the photo was taken I was dying for the last time. I weighed 41kgs, my skin was yellow & bruised all over,’ recovered ice addict Sarah (pictured right 10 months later) said

Recovered addict Sarah opened up in 2015 about her 16 year addiction to ice and GHB and thanked her faith in God for her recovery.

‘I believe the night the photo was taken I was dying for the last time. I weighed 41kgs, my skin was yellow & bruised all over. I was frail and my body was failing me,’ she said of her before-and-after photo.

‘I remember falling to the floor and curling my body into the fetal position. I recall screaming and howling from the darkest deepest pit of my soul “If there is a God then why are you doing this to me?”‘

A photograph taken ten months later shows a fit woman with glowing skin.

Another amazing recovery transformation was by a woman named Brooke, who is pictured right after being clean from heroin and meth for eight months 

Another amazing recovery transformation was by a woman named Brooke, who is pictured right after being clean from heroin and meth for eight months

At the time of her post, Sarah had been free from drugs for 15 months and said ‘if I can fight back from ice addiction, so can you.’

Another amazing recovery transformation was by a woman named Brooke, who shared her before-and-after snap on Instagram.

At eight months sober from heroin and meth, Brooke wrote hashtags explaining that her first dealer was a doctor and that she had tried to quit 12 times.

‘Longest I’ve ever went without being forced because I want it this time,’ she wrote.

One of the most eye-opening transformations was posted by an American woman who is pictured at just 19 and addicted to crystal methShe is pictured at 32, 10 years clean

One of the most eye-opening transformations was posted by an American woman who is pictured left at just 19 and addicted to crystal meth and right at 32, 10 years clean

She is also now best friends with her mother again after 'losing her' when she was on drugs

She is also now best friends with her mother again after ‘losing her’ when she was on drugs

One of the most eye-opening transformations was posted by an American woman who goes by ‘LostWingNut’ on Imgur.

The first photo she posted was a snap from when she was just 19, two years before she quit crystal meth. 

‘I thought I was the most amazing person. I weighed about 100 pounds (45 kilos). I was a d**k. I stole from my friends for drugs. I stole from my family for drugs. I lied. Cheated. Hurt very good people. I had no one left besides my step dad when I quit,’ she wrote.

A photo of her 10 years on from quitting is of a very radiant and happy 32-year-old.

A 24-year-old woman also shared her story online, alongside an incredible photo of herself in September at 826 days sober (right) next to a photo of herself in June, 2014 (left)

A 24-year-old woman also shared her story online, alongside an incredible photo of herself in September at 826 days sober (right) next to a photo of herself in June, 2014 (left)

‘Rockdog [her dog] saved my life. He turned 10 on July 4th… I was only a few days sober when I got him. I looked into his little eyes and said I would live my life for him,’ she wrote.

‘There has been nothing better than the love and acceptance I received from him for the first few months when I was completely alone. We hitchhiked around the United States trying to find out what life was actually about.’

The woman is now a mother to a four-year-old little girl and said ‘she looks up to me and I give her the best of me.’

She is also now best friends with her mother again after ‘losing her’ when she was on drugs.

 Alyssa Gaudinier, from Washington, also shared a photo of her amazing recovery from heroin after turning to it at just 14

 Alyssa Gaudinier, from Washington, also shared a photo of her amazing recovery from heroin after turning to it at just 14

‘Today is the last time I will celebrate my anniversary. It’s been ten years and I am ready to leave the past, in the past. I am not an ex-addict. I am not in recovery. This fall I will walk up on stage and collect my BS in accountancy,’ she wrote.

‘I have accomplished so much from that person I was ten years ago. I am overwhelmed with emotion writing this post. I am a whole, strong, and amazing person and I am damn proud of myself.’

A 24-year-old woman also shared her story online, alongside an incredible photo of herself in September at 826 days sober next to a photo of herself in June, 2014.

Taking to Reddit, she said she went to jail for 36 days on a contempt charge in June 2014 and detailed her abusive relationship with a man whose ‘answer to making me feel better was heroin.’

Jeanette Fidler , 44, from Manchester, is now unrecognisable after smoking heroin for yearsJeanette Fidler , 44, from Manchester, is now unrecognisable after smoking heroin for years

Jeanette Fidler , 44, from Manchester, is now unrecognisable after smoking heroin for years

‘Recovery has been an uphill battle, but now I am at a point where it all just feels like a bad dream. There are people in my life who don’t know about this side of me and will probably see this. I knew that when I posted it,’ she wrote.

‘I felt the need to share it so openly because when I found my mugshot I felt so bad for that girl. I wanted to hug her and tell her it will get better. I then realized that girl is still out there somewhere.

‘She isn’t me anymore though. There are other addicts out there who are in the same circle of hell that I was in in that mug shot. So even if one of those people see this and get their s**t together, then it was worth it.’

Alyssa Gaudinier, from Washington, also shared a photo of her amazing recovery from heroin after turning to it at just 14, and Jeanette Fidler, 44, from Manchester, is now unrecognisable after smoking heroin for years.

'Just know there IS a light at the end of the tunnel': A man also shared an incredible photo of his sister who was 90 days meth free

‘Just know there IS a light at the end of the tunnel’: A man also shared an incredible photo of his sister who was 90 days meth free

A man also shared an incredible photo of his sister who was 90 days meth free.

‘I wanted to show people the effects of what meth can do to you and hope to inspire some people who are in addiction or in the process of recovery like I am,’ she wrote in response to the post.

‘No, I’m not proud of the fact I used to do meth. But from the positive comments we’ve seen, it seems like we got the message across. I didn’t even realize how disgusting I looked while I was using until after I got clean and realized how awful I looked.

‘I’m 5’4 tall and was 110 lbs [49 kilos] in the first picture and now I’m at a healthy weight of 130 [58 kilos] and proud of it. I truly wish the best for anyone trying to beat this nasty addiction… and just know there IS a light at the end of the tunnel.’

Author: Editor

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