These “Before“ and ”After Photos Are the World’s Best Anti-Drugs Social Ads
We’ve all heard about the devastating influence of drugs, alcohol, and smoking on our bodies. However, no one knows about the consequences of addiction as well as those who have gone through it themselves.
LikeAble invites you to get acquainted with the stories of people who managed to overcome their addiction. Their examples are the best proof of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
4 years without heroin and amphetamine
26-year-old Dejah Hall shared her story on her Facebook page: “Today marks 4 years clean from heroin and meth. The left photo is me the day I was arrested. It, by a happy coincidence, became the day I finally surrendered to God! With the help of God, I am completing my BA and hope to one day be a prison minister. I have a beautiful 18-month-old, and every day I thank God that I am not where I once was!”
10 years without methamphetamine
The woman in these pictures thinks of her period of addiction as the roughest period of her life: “19 years old. I thought I was the most amazing person. I weighed about 100 pounds. I was a dick. I stole from my friends for drugs. I stole from my family for drugs. I lied. Cheated. Hurt very good people.“ Thanks to the withdrawal, the young woman’s life has completely changed: ”I am not an ex-addict. I am not in recovery. I have accomplished so much from that person I was ten years ago. I am a whole, strong, and amazing person, and I am damn proud of myself.”
8 months without heroin
This young woman posted on her Instagram page: “8 miraculous months sober… Longest I’ve ever went…without being forced. Because I want it this time.”
2 years 3 months without heroin
This girl was hooked on heroin by her ex-boyfriend, who decided to help her cope with family problems in such a way. She was sent to a rehabilitation center by a judge who administered the custody case of her daughter. “He found me in contempt of court and put me in the county jail until he could find me a bed in a rehab. From there I went to the best rehab in my state. Recovery has been an uphill battle, but now I am at a point where it all just feels like a bad dream,” she shared.
6 years without amphetamine
Shannah Echols-White from Texas admits, “I keep that picture to remind myself where it took me, where I was. I felt defeated. I look at the other picture and I think ’Wow, I did it.’ Today I celebrate my life! 6yrs clean from the grips of meth addiction! If you are still in the midst of this ugly nightmare please know there is hope. You too can beat this and have a beautiful life. It is NEVER too late.”
6 years without cocaine and heroin
These are pictures of photographer Graham MacIndoe. Here’s how he recalls his addiction and the way he was fighting it: “When you’re on drugs, you never think you’re going to be able to get back to where you were or anywhere close to living a normal life. And you can — not real easy, but you can. Things are never going to be the same, but it can be fulfilling and it can be enlightening and life-changing. It has been for me. I mean, my priorities are different now. Not that I was a bad or selfish person, but I think more of other people and I see humanity in a different way. I’m much more passionate about life.”
3.5 months without drugs
This girl’s name is Vanessa. She confesses that her addiction made her think about committing suicide because she was unable to bear the constant pain. Fortunately, she found the strength to fight the addiction and asked for help. “I surround myself with strong women, work with a sponsor, and take suggestions! There are so many amazing gifts that sobriety has to offer! Do not give up before the miracle happens!”
6 years without opiates
Rehabilitation wasn’t easy for this guy. “Getting through withdrawal was hell… I went cold turkey from everything, including a daily 130mg dose of methadone. The first week, I spent in jail. The rest I spent at my mom’s house curled up in a fetal position,“ he shared. Nevertheless, as he said himself, the result was worth it. ”If you’re currently struggling with recovery, stay in the fight. Believe me, you probably don’t remember how awesome it is to wake up and NOT worry about finding drugs to not be sick for the day.”
1 year without heroin
Alyssa Gaudinier started using heroin when she was 14. Now she’s a 20-year-old young woman, and she works as a kindergarten teacher. This is what she thinks of the times she suffered from drug addiction: “They tell you all the scary stuff, but the scariest thing they don’t tell you is that you are gonna love it.“ Rehabilitation helped her to come back to normal life. ”I don’t feel this constant pressure to have to go out and do something or be somebody that I’m not. I can just focus on being me.”
5 months without cocaine, heroin, and ecstasy
Like many other drug addicts, this guy went to jail because of his addiction: “I had 3 felonies and 3 misdemeanors. Thank God 2 of the felonies were dropped and 1 was downfiled to a misdemeanor.“ Now he’s going through rehabilitation in Baltimore. ”I’ve been here since I got out of jail. And life is really good. I know 5 months of clean time isn’t a lot… But it’s great for me. I’ve never ever had real time before. So this is awesome. Still have a lot of shit I need to work on. But I’m down for it,” he confessed.
5 years without heroin
Jeanette Fidler from Manchester repeatedly went to prison for theft in fitness centers, spas, and leisure clubs. As a result, she was prohibited entry to all gyms in the UK. However, in spite of 174 previous charges, Jeanette managed to avoid prison because she went through a rehabilitation program and got rid of her addiction. She has been sober for 5 years.
13 years without drugs
His name is Khali Rafati. We have already told you his story. In the past, he went through all the levels of hell: he had been living on the street, in poverty, trying to fight his addiction. Now he owns a profitable company producing natural juices, among the clients of which are well-known musicians and Hollywood actors. His story is more proof that a right decision can turn your life into a totally different thing.