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'sÂ before and after photosÂ show just howÂ badlyÂ drugs canÂ impactÂ 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 ministerâ¦
The post has been shared close to 35,000 times and has received more than 81,000 reactionsânot 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 addictionÂ began when she was 17 and took prescription pills at a party.
"It just went downhill from there," HallÂ said in an interview withÂ 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.â
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."
âI went to the bathroom and I looked at myself and I really looked at who I had becomeâthis disgusting person who needed to continue to stick these drugs in their veins because I couldn't function,â 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.
âMore than anything, I wish I could tell him that I made it,â HallÂ said. âThat I'm doing it.â
If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, please visitÂ drugabuse.govÂ or call 301-443-1124.