Mother shows before and after pictures as she overcomes heroin addiction

A mother has taken the brave decision to show the recovery she has made as she overcomes heroin addiction.
Melissa Lee Matos says she never really intended to share the images of her when she was at her lowest, but she believes too many people are dying and she wants it to stop.

#. Her husband took the pictures so she could see what she looks like (Picture: Melissa Lee Matos)

She has now been clean for a year and five months.

The picture of her slumped in her bathroom at her home in West Virginia was taken by her husband after her daughters walked in on her.

This is what she said: ‘I have NEVER shared these before. I’m not sure I ever intended to. This is extremely hard for me in so many ways. However, too many people are dying.

#. She has now been clean for a year and five months (Picture: Melissa Lee Matos)

‘I have friends who need to see this. It goes beyond what my words can accomplish. This is by far, the most raw thing I have shared with the world. Please read. Please share.

#. She has shared the pictures to try and help save her friends’ lives (Picture: Melissa Lee Matos)

‘My name is Melissa, and I’m an addict. I have been clean and in recovery for just about a year and five months.’

She added: ‘This was what I looked like, daily, for years. This is what my husband dealt with. This is what my little girls walked in on. This is what my family and friends saw, on the rare occasions I left the house.

#. This is what Melissa looks like now (Picture: Melissa Lee Matos)

‘I was SICK. I was DYING. I was so far gone I thought I could NEVER recover. I was so lost I couldn’t imagine a life without using. I just wanted to die. I didn’t realize I was hardly alive.

#. She said she was sick and dying and thought she could never recover (Picture: Melissa Lee Matos)

‘If you are currently in active addiction, this is my plea to you. 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.

‘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.

#. It has been a long road and now she wants to help other people (Picture: Melissa Lee Matos)

‘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.

‘Please, please reach out. You do not have to suffer any longer. You are not alone. Just reach out your hand, I’m right here.

‘My name is Melissa. I am a RECOVERED addict. Share with me your darkness, and I’ll lead you towards the light. I love you all