A couple who used to be meth addicts posted before-and-after pics to show that those in the throes of addiction can still get clean and be happy again.
Recovery Can Happen
The couple is Brent and Ashley Walker from Tennessee, and their story has a sweet ending.
The two, who met through a marijuana deal, were both going through meth addiction at the same time, and decided to get clean together. They've been clean for more than two years and got married in January 2017.
Brent Walker wrote about their road to wellness on July 26.
“This December 31st will be 3 years we have been clean and sober and living for God. I hope that my transformation can encourage an addict somewhere! It is possible to recover!!”
Everyone Has Their Own Demons
Brent Walker says the now-happy couple posted the pics to encourage others who might not see an end in sight.
“It was to show them that it gets better,” he says.
Take the Clean Challenge
People have been posting their own before-and-after pictures on Facebook's "Clean Challenge" page to show that anyone can do this and reach recovery.
Men and women contributing to the site sometimes include the date they became sober.
Carla Frame Smith wrote about her two children who are in recovery, saying that her kids are no different from anyone else's.
"There has been many who try to bring shame to my family for these challenges. I will not let anyone say or indicate my children are not important, valued by others, smart etc. my children are no different than anyone else in society, their addiction is just a different source than yours."
She closes with the message "No matter what is holding you down, stand up and shine."
Recovery Is Possible
Dani Woodard wrote about her own story, saying she and her husband also got clean together.
"We have gone through jail, homelessness, overdose, rehab and so much more together. They all said we couldn't get clean together and our first attempt they were right but then I found out I was pregnant with our son and it all changed. We were in deep in our addiction and we made it out...alive! If we can anyone can!"
She closes her message with an inspiring note.
"One day at a time! This too shall pass!"