From her teens to early-20s, Dejah Hall spent years battling an addiction to heroin and meth. The 26-year-old had almost lost all purpose until she got arrested and realized she needed to change her ways. To celebrate her anniversary of getting clean, the young mom recently shared a few transformation pictures of herself that have taken the internet by storm-and it’s easy to see why.
“Today marks 4 years clean from heroin and meth,” she wrote in the caption. She continued to explain that the photo on the top left was taken during the height of her addiction and the picture on the bottom-left was her mug shot from when she was arrested in 2012. The photo on the right is recent and shows just how much sobriety has changed her life.
In an interview with Us Weekly, Hall shared when she first began experimenting with drugs at 17. It started with prescription pain meds at parties, but by 2011, she was deep into a $240-a-day heroin habit. Eventually, even that didn’t cut it for her, and she moved on to smoking and injecting crystal meth.
“I’m 5-foot-3 and I weighed 95 pounds,” she said. “I was sleeping in sheds. My arms were covered in lumps. I was just so broken.”
Her moment of reckoning came in the most surprising way when she visited her grandfather for his 91st birthday. “I gave him a hug and told him I loved him and then I started crying and locked myself in a bathroom,” she said “I looked at myself in the mirror and was like, ‘What are you doing to yourself? Look at who you’ve become.’ I said, ‘God, I don’t know if you’re real, but if you are. I really need you to save me.”
Two hours later she was arrested for felony charges and sent to prison for two years, where she finally got sober and turned her life around.
Hall’s incredible story has touched the hearts of thousands of people around the country. Her Facebook post already has over 16,000 shares and 108,000 likes. While that is all well and good, her biggest goal is to make people believe that sobriety is possible and that life goes on.
Hall is now going to college to study Christian Studies and is set to start her new job as a peer support specialist at a detox and rehabilitation center in January.
Thanks, Dejah, for being such an incredible inspiration, and we wish you all the best!