Mom Has Complete Transformation From Being a Heroin Addict

Mom Has Complete Transformation From Being a Heroin Addict

Addiction is one of the hardest things that a person can battle, but it’s a fight that must be taken on — drugs can ruin a person’s life. One mother was caught in the ravages of an addiction to heroin and the drug had taken its toll on her. But eventually she got clean and spoke out about her addiction in hopes of keeping other people from using drugs like she did.

Melissa Lee Matos is a mother from West Virginia and had battled heroin addiction for years. She eventually was able to kick the habit though and has been clean for over a year. But she hasn’t forgotten the dark days of drug addiction and is being open about what it was like when she was at her lowest, to encourage people to either not use drugs to begin with, or to help them find the strength to quit like she did.

Part of her plan was to release shocking photos of herself, covered in sores, with her eyes barely open.

“This is what I looked like, daily, for years,” Matos wrote. “This is what my husband dealt with. This is what my little girls walked in on. This is what my family and friends saw, on the rare occasions I left the house. I was SICK. I was DYING. I was so far gone I thought I could NEVER recover.”

The photos, posted on Facebook, have clearly resonated with people and have been shared over 46,000 times. It seems that Matos’ honesty has struck a chord — and she’s trying to help save other lives.

“I was so lost I couldn’t imagine a life without using,” she continued. “I just wanted to die. I didn’t realize I was hardly alive. If you are currently in active addiction, this is my plea to you. Look at these pictures. Images of a dead girl. A needle junkie with a habit so fierce she spent days and nights in a self induced coma on her bathroom floor. A girl who would spend every cent on dope and forget she had kids to feed and take care of. A girl who lost every single thing she ever had. A girl who was so sick she thought she would never ever find a way out, until she did.”

But Matos was able to get clean and stay clean, and she’s promised to be there for other recovering addicts like herself, even including her own e-mail address for people who needed help. “If you are reading this and are going through the same pain I did, I am begging you to reach out,” she said. “I died more than once. I have now found life. I promise you, there is HOPE. There is recovery. There is freedom and serenity and you are worthy of it. Please, please reach out. You do not have to suffer any longer. You are not alone. Just reach out your hand, I’m right here.”

Not everyone applauded her — some criticized her for her story, but she brushed it off, saying she was too busy helping people who needed it to bother with their negative remarks.

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