Priče o zavisnosti od narkotika obično ne završavaju dobro. Ipak - ima izuzetaka, a "prije i poslije" fotke bivših narkomana jedinstvena su posveta životu.  

Projekat The Addicts Diary (Dnevnik zavisnika) zamišljen je kao prostor gdje ljudi koji su osjetili užase narkomanije mogu da podijele svoju priču i možda pomognu nekom drugom ko se suočava sa sličnim problemima ili iskušenjima.

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My name is Meghan and I’m an addict. I always used to say it took me about 4 years to lose everything to heroin, but that isn’t true. It took me exactly 30 seconds to lose it all. That’s how long it takes to pour a bag into a spoon, mix it into a shot, and jab it into your arm. It was all over from there. All I ever wanted was another hit. My lowest point was when they took my daughter away. I couldn’t settle for that so I fought back. Getting clean was the most difficult thing I ever did. It takes a long time to undo all that damage, but I’ll get there. Clean and sober since 3-12-19. #TheAddictsDiary#stigma #addictionrecovery #addiction #drugaddicts #dope #heroin #fentanyl #odaat #drug #epidemic #blog #viral #miracle #female #junkie #wedorecover

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My name is Corey and I’m an addict. I’m 28 years old and I’m from Louisville, Kentucky. I have struggled with my addiction from a pretty early age. I seemed to enjoy the effects produced by adderall at the age of 8 years olds, which would only progress to a very dark meth and heroin addiction in my later years. I’ve been hospitalized countless times, been to jail, and lived in hell — literally. I COULD NOT STOP chasing dope for one hour, let alone entertain the thought of going to a detox program. I dragged my family and everyone I loved down with me. Today, I have 61 days free from all mood and mind altering substances. I can finally see a light at the end of my madness with the help of a sponsor and meetings. My record is in the process of being expunged and I’ve started Hep C treatment as a result of that way of life. I’m so grateful and hope this will help anyone still struggling! #TheAddictsDiary #recovery #heroin #meth #aa #na #miracle #60 #hope #hopeless #depression #anxiety

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The first photo to the left was me in my active addiction, using meth, fentanyl, and just about anything I could get my hands on. Homeless, sleeping in cars, on sidewalks, behind dumpsters, or just about anywhere I could find. A complete prey to misery and depression—I was on the verge of suicide. The picture to the right is me with 72 days clean. I have never felt so much better about myself than I do right now. I currently have 75 days clean and sober from all mind-altering substances. I am so very grateful for this program, the 12 steps, and my higher power, for they have brought light back into my life. I’m pregnant with my son as well, and he’s a huge motivation for my sobriety, but I’m staying clean for myself. #TheAddictsDiary #drugaddiction #sobermemes #beforeandafter #recoveringaddict #soberlife #suicideprevention #sober #sobriety #sobrietyrocks #drug #hope #faith #god #godfirst #godisgood #spirituality #spiritualawakening #spirit #spiritualjourney #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillness #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealth

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I have been struggling with my heroin addiction for many years. Along the way, I have lost many friends. This stuff steals your soul. On the left, I was homeless on the streets of Chicago. On the right, I am 24 days clean after an overdose that, in a way, saved my life. The other guy in the photo lost his life to the disease. I am one of the lucky ones. #TheAddictsDiary #heroin #fentanyl #wedorecover #recovery #treatment #detox #narcan #sober #soberlife #sobriety #soberliving #soberaf #miracle #odaat #aa #na #fuckheroin #addiction #addictedheroin #drugaddiction #drugaddict #god #godfirst #spirit #spiritualawakening #chicago #spirituality

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I’m Hadassah and this is my son Braxton. I was a teenage mother. I was not with the baby’s father when I went through my pregnancy. I didn’t have many people there by my side. After I had my son, I learned that I still wanted to be a teenager. Unfortunately I didn’t get the memo that it is not how it works. I had many close friends and family that tried showing me that. I did not listen. Instead I started with a little bit of alcohol and then the alcohol turned to marijuana and eventually after many drugs it turned into meth. Before my meth addiction I was sexually trafficked in 3 different states. I was only 19 years old. My son was left without his mommy. I went to get help in Missouri but it didn’t work for me. I went home so completely broken. I fell into a cycle of sexual abuse, trauma, partying, and only being a mom 2 days out of the week. Meth was introduced to me. Meth took away the pain my abusers inflicted on me. And the pain I had of knowing what I had done to my son. The meth took me to places I will never go back to. It led me into night after night of not being a mother, a daughter, a sister, or a friend. Instead it took me to starvation, homelessness, a “deadbeat mother,” “meth head,” a wh***, a sl**, hiding from the law, and I completely lost who I was! After a night of being drugged, taken advantage of, and being on the verge of overdosing, my mother Jennifer Lane and Rebecca Adkins Goulart convinced me that I wasn’t a piece of crud. They said that they knew deep down I had a heart and soul. I was a product of my toxicity and sexual abuse. Now I can say I’m a product of God. So when you see an addict I am she. I am he. I am them. #TheAddictsDiary

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My name is Emerald. The last year of my heroin and meth addiction had me living in motel rooms and shelters. Both of my sons were taken from me. I was a shell of a human being. Today, I am 21 months drug free! I have custody of both of my boys and I have found peace for the first time in my life. With all the division on Facebook lately, share this to let everyone know that recovery is possible! #TheAddictsDiary #stigma #addictionrecovery #junkie #heroin #meth #wedorecover #theaddictsdiary #blog #hope #miracle #mom #mother #society #spirituality #mental #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #odaat #drugaddicts #addiction #addictionrecovery #drug #drugaddict #drugaddictionrecovery #soberlife #sober #soberaf #sobermovement #godisgood

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From dying in the streets from a heart infection, to sleeping in my car starving for days at a time. To being turned away from the hospital and left to die because they wouldn't treat me, to abandoned by everyone and everything, I found the strength to get clean, get treatment at a different hospital, get the heart surgery I needed, and from there I stayed clean even though I was still homeless. It's been a rough ride but it's now been six months since then! I've come so far. Yesterday I finally moved in to a shared house and my own little space and bought myself some nice things for it! I'm so happy. I thought I would be dead by the end of the year last year. But I'm thriving more than ever. It's cool to be back to living. #TheAddictsDiary #nurse #nursing #homeless #narcan #mentalhealth #spirit #spiritualawakening #spirituality #drugaddiction #drug #drugaddict #god #guardianangel #nursing #nursingstudent #addiction #narcan #addict #wedorecover #wedothework #faith #hope #courage #miracle #teachersfollowteachers #teacherlife

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