Jess Commons | Deputy Editor | Wednesday, 14 September 2016

24-Year-Old Girl Shares Amazing Picture Of The Difference 826 Days Of Sobriety Has Made

24-Year-Old Girl Shares Amazing Picture Of The Difference 826 Days Of Sobriety Has Made

The Debrief: After getting clean and sober, one girl shares her story.

Yesterday, Reddit user Disregardthisordon't shared this incredible picture of her before getting sober and then after.

The picture has shot to the top of Reddit and made news the world over.

The girl, who's name isn't known, shared her story.

'On June 11th 2014 I went to jail for 36 days on a contempt charge. Without delving too deep I'll just say that I was in a really abusive relationship that led to my daughter going to live with my mother. She is my whole world, so when that happened I fell into a deep depression and leaned to my abusive boyfriend for emotional support. His answer to making me feel better was heroin. 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. From there I went to the best rehab in my state. 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.

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.'

As mentioned, the picture on the left is her mugshot. She later says that she stumbled on it by accident and could't believe it was her. 'It made me sad for that girl and I wanted to show her where she will be in two years.'

She continued, 'But then I realise that girl is out there, she's not me anymore. But there is another addict out there who is at their rock bottom and needs to see that they can make it out alive.'

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