THESE pictures show the incredible transformation of a meth and heroin addict who turned her life around.
One shows Jamee Velet’s pocked marked and bruised face from two years ago, when she stole and sold her body to feed her addiction, and the other the 25-year-old smiling after graduating from college.
The before and after pictures were shared on the ‘Addict’s Diary’ Facebook page after Jamee, from Oregon, picked up her General Educational Development diploma.
“My name is Jamee and I am a recovering heroin and meth addict,” she wrote.
“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 picture of a smiling Jamee is in contrast to the one taken when she had been sitting in her car all night waiting for a drug dealer.
Jamee began smoking pot when she was 13 to escape a troubled childhood and by the time she turned 15, was dating a boy who got her hooked on pill, including Morphine and Oxycodone.
“He was the person who taught me how to crush them up and snort them,” she told the DailyMail.com.
“That very quickly took over and opiates became my best friend.”
She dropped out of high school when she was 17 and said she was raped by two men one night when she was drunk.
No matter how low how you're feeling or how your life is, it does get better
Soon after, she met up with a man who told her that he was a drug dealer and showed her some heroin in tinfoil.
They went back to his house, where he kept feeding her “many drugs” after which she became addicted.
At the age 19, she was arrested after she had been caught trying to rob a home and had also stolen a grandmother's purse from a supermarket to feed her habit.
When behind bars she tried to hang herself but was saved when her cellmate returned earlier than usual.
She was in a coma for two days and after being released she continued to struggle with addiction, spending months clean before relapsing.
In the meantime she met her current boyfriend Jake on a rehab programme and admits she put him “through hell”, stealing from him as well as her family, including her own grandmother.
A chance to finally clean herself up came when she went to visit his family.
“That's when we told them we had a problem,” she said.
“I wound up going cold turkey for 16 days and his mom nursed me back to health before sending me to a 90 day inpatient program.”
After being off drugs for a year, Jamee now has a job as a construction worker and plans to go back to college.
She shares her life with Jake and their dogs Prince and Belle has a message of hope for others struggling with addiction.
“No matter how low how you're feeling or how your life is, it does get better,” she said.
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