There’s a reason there are so many programs aimed at keeping kids away from drugs – drugs can ruin lives and steal so much from the person taking them as well as the other people in their lives.
Dejah Hall knows this firsthand.
“I was a monster. I was a monster in every sense of the word,” she said.
Dejah was addicted to meth, cocaine, and heroin, and the drugs were destroying her life. Even though she knew she was hurting herself, it was too hard to stop.
That all changed when she went to visit her grandfather on his birthday in December 2012.
“My grandfather was sitting in his wheelchair and he looked at me he said, ‘You’re hurting me Dejah,'” she recalled.
She knew she couldn’t keep living her life the way she had been.
“I went to the bathroom, and I looked at myself and I really looked at who I had become,” she said. “This disgusting person who needed to continue to stick these drugs in their veins because I couldn’t function.”
She came out of the bathroom and promised her grandfather that she would get clean and turn her life around.
Just hours later federal agents arrested Dejah on felony warrants and she went to prison. It was there that she met God and surrendered her life to him, beginning the painful road to sobriety.
Sadly, just two weeks after her arrest, Dejah’s grandfather passed away.
“More than anything, I wish I could tell him that I made it. That I’m doing it,” she said.
It’s her promise to him that keeps her going and motivates her to stay sober.
It’s been four years since Dejah’s arrest and her transformation has been incredible. She posted a picture collage on Facebook to mark her four years of sobriety showing her at the height of her addiction, on the day of her arrest, and what she looks like today.
“Today marks 4 years clean from heroin and meth,” she wrote. “The top left is me in full blown addiction , I was a terrible iv user and like most, progressively got worse. The bottom left is me the day I was arrested 12-6-12 and coincidentally the day I finally surrendered to God!”
Dejah went on to say that she is now working on completing her BA and hopes to one day work as a prison minister to help others struggling with addiction.
In January she will begin a new job as a drug and alcohol counselor with Community Bridges, a non-profit organization in Arizona that provides prevention, education and treatment services.
Since posting the pictures of her incredible transformation on Facebook Dejah’s story has gone viral, inspiring people from all over the world and providing hope that there is freedom from addiction and a chance for a new beginning and a better life.
“Everyday I thank God that I am not where I once was!” she wrote. “Sobriety is Possible.”
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