Addiction is a struggle. Getting clean isn’t always easy, but when managed, can have some very positive changes, like seeing the before and after. A couple who battled with a meth addiction has shown their before and after pictures and the results are incredible.
Brent Walker, 30, and wife Ashley, 32, from Tennessee, USA, have been married for three years. The pair managed to get clean and completely give up their drug habit back in December 2016.
The couple posted pictures of themselves while in the midst of terrible meth addiction, alongside recent photos of the couple, and the difference is astonishing. The photo comparison has gone viral on social media, with many people congratulating the couple for their ability to overcome their addiction.
And it’s clear in the first shot from November 2016, that the couple were not in a good place. They were gaunt, had dazed expressions, and overall were unrecognizable from the happy, healthy pair seen smiling in their July 2019 pictures.
Since they first posted their pictures, people have shared them more than 140,000 times. There have also been many self-proclaimed addicts reaching out, saying that the pictures have inspired them to get help for their own addictions.
Brent said, “I have had a lot of people message me saying that our story inspired them to check into an inpatient rehab to get help. I am overwhelmed, it’s just a huge blessing knowing that our story has helped someone get sober and hopefully share their testimony one day and help another also.”
Brent and Ashely were around 20 when they began to inject themselves with methamphetamine. The pair didn’t meet until a few years later in 2012 when Brent began to sell Ashley drugs.
While they got together, their relationship was far from a fairytale. Brent spent two years in prison. The couple then made the decision to get clean in 2016. Then roughly a year later they married on the 31st of January 2017.
“While we were hooked on meth it was impossible for us to have a stable relationship,” Brent added.
He went on to say, “We saw each other from time to time but I felt like I wanted to be independent, to hang out and sleep with whoever I wanted to. After I got out of prison, we decided that we would quit together, and it worked.”
“I had tried many times to quit on my own and always failed. But with Ashley, we help each other, if I have a bad moment she helps me calm down and get the thought of the drug out of my mind. We still experience cravings, but after the first year of being clean everything gets easier.I have even managed to quit smoking which I had been doing since I was nine,” Brent continued.
He said, “We also have a lot less paranoia and a lot fewer arguments, we are closer to our friends and we are just enjoying life a lot more.”
What an inspiration for others who might be struggling with addiction. Congrats, guys!