An Arizona woman has shown her before and after photos on social media from being hooked on meth and heroin, then becoming four years clean. The difference is unbelievable.
26-year-old Dejah Hall shared the photos of herself as a way to celebrate four years of being clean from the two addicting illicit drugs.
She says her addiction started with pain meds at just 17 years old.
“I was partying with a friend and I took a pill for the first time and due to stress and issues at home it just went downhill from there,” she said. “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.”
She’d made the strong and difficult decision to started attending a methadone clinic to help her, but missed three days because the death of a friend’s mother.
“I was very close to her and was struggling with that so I missed three days in a row – something you can’t do. I was kicked out of the clinic, so I ended up deciding to quit cold turkey and thought it would be okay,” she explained. “The withdrawals were horrendous, and after eight days, it became physically debilitating – I couldn’t move my hands and it was crippling. I was constantly throwing up.”
It all got much worse when a “friend of friend” talked her into trying heroin for the first time.
“I was throwing up and I remember he was smoking heroin. I told him it was disgusting and to stop, but he was telling me to take just one hit to stop the withdrawals,” she revealed.
“The addict side of me came out and I said I would just take one but one wasn’t enough. By the second hit, I fell in love with the high. It was numbing. I couldn’t stop. All I wanted to do was numb myself. I wanted it so desperately that nothing else mattered. Every minute of the day I just wanted to get high.”
From heroin, she progressed to meth.
From April to December of 2012, she injected both meth and heroin.
“I was killing myself. I was very skinny, at around 95 pounds, but I still felt like I looked beautiful. That is the deception of the drug; you aren’t beautiful on that stuff,” she said.
But in December of 2012, she visited her grandfather and everything changed.
“It was my grandpa’s birthday, and when I saw him, I immediately went to give him a hug and tell him I loved him and that I was okay,” she recalled.
“He sat there in his wheelchair and he told me that I was hurting him. I had been there for him very much before my addiction, and after all the drugs, I was more separated from him. This was one of my biggest mistakes.”
That’s when, she says, she went to a bathroom mirror and started looking at herself in the mirror and “seeing the monster I had become.”
She then went back out to her grandfather and took some pictures. She then told him, “Don’t worry. I’m going to be okay.”
She was arrested just hours later for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Two weeks later, her grandfather passed away.
She quit cold turkey in jail.
Ms Hall, who is now a mother, shared her transformation pictures to celebrate four years of sobriety and her brand new life.
Sharing her transformation photos was her way of saying “I did it.”
Then she says accepted Jesus into her life and and has “an amazing little girl who is everything” to her.
She’s becoming a minister and hopes to someday have her own church.