‘Look at these pictures – images of a dead girl’: Former drug addict opens up about her harrowing journey to recovery

By Kim Abrahams
20 July 2017

"This is what my husband dealt with. This is what my little girls walked in on."

A former drug addict has shared shocking pictures of herself before her recovery, in a bid to help others battling an addiction.

Melissa Lee Matos, from West Virginia in the US, took to Facebook to post pictures of the woman she was during her heroin addiction days. She has been clean for a year and five months now.

“I have never shared these before. I’m not sure I ever intended to,” she writes in a soul-baring post.

“This is extremely hard for me in so many ways. However, too many are dying. I have friends who need to see this.”

Read more: The story of a South African drug addict

In one of the graphic images, Melissa is seen slumped against a bathroom wall.

She wears a thin-strapped black tank top and her hair is noticeably messy.

Her mouth hangs open but it’s her eyes that are the most frightening sight: it’s rolled over with nothing but the whites of them visible.

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“This is what I looked like daily, for years. This is what my husband dealt with. This is what my little girls walked in on.

Read more: ‘My husband was a drug addict – and I had no idea’

“This is what my family and friends saw – on the rare occasions I left the house.

“I was sick. I was dying.”

Melissa admits that she was so addicted to the deadly drug, she didn’t think she’d ever recover.

“I was so lost, I couldn’t imagine a life without using. I just wanted to die. I didn’t realise I was hardly alive.

“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.

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“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.”

The candid post by the wife and mother features an image of what she looks like today – and the images differ like night and day.

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“If you are reading this and are going through the same pain I did, I am begging you to reach out.

“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.”

Sources: metro.co.uk, news.com.au, facebook.com

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