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Mom’s Inspiring Before And After Photos Show Reality Of Drug Addiction—And Recovery

It’s no secret that drug addiction ravages your body in frightening ways. From losing teeth to skin sores to many other unsightly issues, life in the throes of drug addiction takes its toll on your body and your appearance. One Arizona mom’s before and after photos show just how badly drugs can impact your health.

Dejah Hall, 26, recently celebrated four years of sobriety and shared these pictures side by side to show how far she’s come in her journey of addiction and recovery.

Here’s what Hall wrote on the public Facebook group Sobriety Birthdays:

Today marks 4 years clean from heroin and meth. The top left is me in full blown addiction, I was a terrible IV user and like most, progressively got worse. The bottom left is me the day I was arrested 12-6-12 and coincidentally 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…

Today marks 4 years clean from heroin and meth. The top left is me in full blown addiction , I was a terrible iv user…

Posted by Dejah Hall on Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The post has been shared close to 35,000 times and has received more than 81,000 reactions—not to mention hundreds of supportive comments.

Today, Hall works as a bartender and is majoring in Christian Studies at Grand Canyon University. She is also now a mother to an 18-month old baby girl, and says her forays into addiction began when she was 17 and took prescription pills at a party.

“It just went downhill from there,” Hall said in an interview with the Daily Mail. “I was taking up to six prescription pills at a time every single day before I reached a point at 20 years old where I wanted to get off them.”

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Hall went from methadone treatments to cold turkey to heroin, and swiftly began injecting both heroin and meth. She continued to use both drugs actively until her grandfather finally begged her to stop in December of 2012.

In an interview with ABC 15, Hall remembers how her grandfather was sitting in his wheelchair and told her, “You’re hurting me, Dejah.”

“I went to the bathroom and I looked at myself and I really looked at who I had become—this disgusting person who needed to continue to stick these drugs in their veins because I couldn’t function,” Hall said in the ABC 15 interview.

Hours after promising her grandfather she would get clean, Hall was arrested on felony warrants and went to prison. Though she says she could have continued using in prison, Hall credits finding religion with her ability to stay sober. Sadly, her grandfather died two weeks into her prison sentence.

“More than anything, I wish I could tell him that I made it,” Hall said. “That I’m doing it.”

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, please visit drugabuse.gov or call 301-443-1124.