After 826 days sober, this mum, who was addicted to heroin for 8 months, posted a photo to Reddit to show her transformation.
The 24-year-old woman, who goes by DisregardThisOrDont, told the story of her fall into addiction and her recovery, the Mirror reports.
She explains that due to her abusive relationship, her beloved daughter was taken out of her care. In a her time of spiralling depression, she turned to her abusive partner for help. His solution: heroin.
In the post, she wrote:
After 8 months of daily use and a few half assed attempts at getting clean, I told the judge preceding over the guardianship case of my daughter that I had been using and that I needed help. He found me in contempt of court and put me in the county jail until he could find me a bed in a rehab.
Recovery has been an uphill battle, but now I am at a point where it all just feels like a bad dream.
There are people in my life who don’t know about this side of me and will probably see this. I knew that when I posted it.
Heroin is a highly addictive drug and she wanted to reach out to anyone else who was battling the addiction and give them hope.
I felt the need to share it so openly because when I found my mugshot I felt so bad for that girl. I wanted to hug her and tell her it will get better. I then realized that girl is still out there somewhere. She isn’t me anymore though.
There are other addicts out there who are in the same circle of hell that I was in in that mug shot. So even if one of those people see this and get their shit together, then it was worth it.
The post was inundated with positive comments of people who related to her story, and was the top post on the front page of Reddit.
The woman excitedly posted that her daughter was living with her again and that she is very loved. Continuing her openness, she said that when her daughter was old enough to understand, she would tell her the whole truth “to avoid going down the same path her father and I chose”.