A recovering meth and heroin addict is making waves online after she shared incredible before and after photos showing her dramatic transformation.
25-year-old Jamee Valet from Sweet Home, Oregon, was featured in a Facebook post on ‘The Addict’s Diary’ page where she explained how she turned her life around and her recent achievement of receiving her GED diploma.
“My name is Jamee and I am a recovering heroin and meth addict. These pictures are 2 years apart. The better looking version of me being just a few months ago when I got my GED! Recovery is possible!” The post reads.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Jamee revealed her childhood was ‘really rough’ and as a result she turned to drugs, sex and alcohol in a bid to escape reality.
She started smoking pot at just 13. By the time she turned 15 she was introduced to pills like Vicodin, Morphine, Oxycodone, Dilaudid and Percocets.
After dropping out of high school at 17, Jamee was raped by two men in one night when she was helplessly drunk. Soon she moved on to heroin and meth.
“I was traumatized and depressed from the rapes, and the first thing I did the day I walked out of the door was met up with some guy,” she said. The said guy was a drug dealer and he got her hooked on meth and heroin.
Jamee, who was using daily, started stealing to be able to get drugs. When she was just 19, she was arrested for the first time trying to rob someone’s house.
Afterwards, she was arrested a further five times. While in jail, she tried to commit suicide by hanging herself.
“Suicide was my escape plane my whole life,” she said. “When I was in jail for the first time, I didn’t have drugs to numb myself and my actions kept catching up to me.”
A long and challenging road to recovery saw Jamee relapse several times, but she’s now been clean for a year and celebrated her GED graduation in July
Jamee who is currently a construction worker says college is in her future, as she has hopes to become an esthetician.
During a year-long inpatient programme, Jamee met boyfriend, Jake, who she has now moved in with and together they share two adorable dogs.
For other people struggling with addiction, Jamee encourages them to simply start with taking baby steps. “My heart breaks for people who are hopeless. I don’t want them to feel that way because there is always hope.
“No matter how low how you’re feeling or how your life is, it does get better. It is up to you to make it better, you can’t be like ‘my life sucks’ and not do anything to change it.” She said.
Well done, Jamee! You’re proof that people can overcome anything they are battling with the right mind set and determination and support.
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