The INSIDER Summary:
- Melissa Lee Matos posted on Facebook about her recovery from drug addiction.
- She shared photos of herself during addiction and after recovery, hoping to inspire other addicts to seek treatment.
- The dramatic photos have been shared more than 50,000 times.
A mother from West Virginia shared dramatic before-and-after photos documenting her recovery from drug addiction. Within days, her story had resonated with tens of thousands on Facebook.
On July 14, Melissa Lee Matos published an intensely personal post on her Facebook page. In it, she explained that she used to be addicted to a drug — though she does not specify which drug exactly — and has now been clean and in recovery for nearly a year and a half.
The post also included a series of harrowing photos that show how addiction affected her body.
“I have NEVER shared these before. I’m not sure I ever intended to,” she wrote of the photos. “This is extremely hard for me in so many ways. However, too many people are dying. I have friends who need to see this.”