A former British heroin addict shows what it looks like to be 826 days sober with powerful before and after pictures.
The woman, 24, has taken a bold step to show other drug addicts that recovery is possible – and her transformation is incredible.
One photo, from June 2014, shows the woman in a police mugshot with scabs all over her face, greasy hair and a blank expression.
But 836 days on, the woman looks healthier with radiant skin, glossy hair and beaming with happiness.
Metro newspaper quoted her as saying : “Without delving too deep I’ll just say that I was in a really abusive relationship that led to my daughter going to live with my mother.
“She is my whole world, so when that happened I fell into a deep depression and leaned to my abusive boyfriend for emotional support….
“His answer to making me feel better was heroin. After eight months of daily use and a few half attempts at getting clean, I told the judge proceeding over the guardianship case of my daughter that I had been using and that I needed help.”
Metro said the unnamed woman was found in contempt of court and sent to jail, before going to rehab.
She described her struggle as an ‘uphill battle’ and said it now ‘feels like a bad dream’.
But looking at her mugshot recently, she realized there are other addicts out there who may not see a light at the end of the tunnel.
‘There are other addicts out there who are in the same circle of hell that I was in that mug shot. So even if one of those people see this and get their guts together, then it was worth it,’ she added.