Former Drug Addict Shares Photos of His Incredible Transformation Since Getting Clean | 22 Words

A former drug addict has shared incredible transformation photos of himself since getting clean and it is truly inspiring...

Drug addiction is no joke.

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Drugs are chemicals that affect the body and brain. The effects that they leave on the body and mind can be long-lasting and completely life-destroying.

There are more drug addicts out there than one would expect...

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According to the Gateway Foundation, more than 7 million people in the US suffer from an illicit drug disorder, and one in 4 deaths result from illicit drug use.

Drug-related illnesses are one of the most common health issues...

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In fact, more deaths, illnesses, and disabilities are associated with drug abuse than any other preventable health condition.

Drug use also has a massive effect on behavior...

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It is no secret that drug addicts have a noticeable change in personality and behavior. Substance use disorders have effects such as paranoia, aggressiveness, violence, impulsiveness, and a lack of self-control.

These behaviors can lead to severe consequences...

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People who suffer from drug addictions can begin to slack in both their personal and professional lives, losing friendships, relationships, family members, and even jobs along the way.

This will often result in homelessness...

There are approximately 600,000 homeless people here in the United States, and The National Coalition for the Homeless found that twenty-six-percent are dependent on harmful substances.

Many people living on the streets turn to drink and drugs to blot out their harsh reality...

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Mark Johnson, a British author who used to be homeless and a drug addict, wrote in his column for The Guardian that giving homeless people food over money is no help at all.

He spoke of a personal experience...

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"One woman, who feared that by giving money to a homeless man she was banging another nail in his coffin, recently told me that she had instead given him an apple," he said. "I replied that he didn't need an apple; he almost certainly needed drink or drugs to blot out the reality of living on the streets – which is unhealthy, dangerous, and frightening – as well as to help him forget the reasons he's there. No one is homeless by choice."

This has a devastating impact on families...

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Many families are unfortunate enough to watch their loved ones decline at the hands of drug abuse and addiction, and despite many efforts, it is sadly found by family and friends that there isn't much that they can do for severe addicts.

It takes a lot of courage to ask for help...

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But individuals who have reached out can easily say they have no regrets in making this huge lifestyle change.

One of these individuals is Travis Robinson.

Travis, who is from here in America, has recently opened up on social media about his former drug addiction.

The young man was in a bad place...

And in several photos, Travis is seen looking tired, gaunt, and most importantly - miserable.

But a few years ago, Travis decided to make a change.

He checked himself into rehab, and even though he admitted it was one of the hardest experiences of his life, he has never looked back since.

Replying to Redditors, Travis explained that getting sober was the "hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life."

"I stayed in rehab for over a year and a half because I couldn’t trust myself," he said.

Once out, he started to use the "I Am Sober" mobile app to track his sobriety, and his health improved in other ways, too.

Travis explained how he stopped drinking soda and fast food...

And he replaced this with fresh foods and just "tones of water."

Travis has recently hit an incredible milestone...

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He shared on his Twitter page that he has been sober for an amazing 745 days - which is more than 2 years.

And along with this post...

Travis decided to post 2 before and after photos to demonstrate his mindblowing transformation.

Travis' followers sent in thousands of kind words...

And he clearly has a very strong support group online.

The young man has inspired others...

And he uses social media to coach others who are experiencing addictions and to encourage them to seek help as he did.

Travis believes in breaking down stigmas surrounding addiction...

And he constantly stresses the fact that it's okay to feel bad and cry, especially if you're a man.

Former addicts have been coming together and encouraging one another to make a change...

And it truly goes to show that no matter your circumstances, addictions can be beaten.

Here is Travis' remarkable transformation...

He is "finally alive." Congratulations, Travis!