In addition to the health side effects that go along with drug use, addicts often look disheveled as the chemicals alter their appearance.
There are common stereotypes of drug users being very skinny, having a lot of acne, and otherwise looking unlike their sober selves. When these people return to sobriety, they often transform right before their loved ones' eyes. A woman named Dejah Hall posted her amazing transformation to a Facebook group called Sobriety Birthdays, and many have been moved by her story.
Hall was addicted to meth and heroin for years, and she shared pictures from the height of her addiction alongside what she looks like after four years of being completely clean.
"I was a monster in every way. I didn't care who I hurt. I didn't care about anything anymore. I didn't have anyone else or family to look to at that point," Hall said.
Hall's rock bottom came when her grandfather told her in December 2012 that she was hurting him. They had been close before her addiction.
Her grandfather passed away on the day Hall found out she was going to jail for possession of dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia. Now Hall takes her daughter to visit his grave to thank him for a much-needed wake-up call.
Hall posted the picture to the Facebook group as a celebration of her happy, drug-free life.
"It was a way for me to say 'I did it.' In the top photo I was a bad heroin addict but I thought I was sexy and gorgeous and looking at them, especially the bottom one, I can only see a broken person who has given up," she said.
Hall has an incredible 18-month-old daughter and hopes to one day become a minister.
She wants to help others escape the cycle of addiction. "Don't give up if you are fighting for sobriety. There are avenues and outlets and it's so important to ask for help. People are not mind readers," she said.
After posting the picture, Hall has received a lot of messages and attention online, but she doesn't mind.
"I am honoured that my story is reaching people and I am open for people to contact if they need help."