Addiction is no laughing matter.

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Many of us struggle. Many of us know people who have struggled. Some, however, fight addiction harder than others. Some, such as, Virginia 'Ginny' Burton, who got started on drugs at just six years old, and fought her demons with everything, to rise from the brink.

The 48-year-old was first introduced to drugs when she was given cannabis as a six-year-old. By 15 she was a full blown drug addict and by 23 she was addicted to heroin.

Ginny battled it all. She spent a lot of time on the street and even some time in prison. But now, aged 48, her life is in a completely different place. And it's a much brighter place too.

Eventually, Ginny decided she had to change, and turned her life around.

And yesterday was a huge day for celebration - when Ginny graduated from the University of Washington, in Seattle, with a degree in Political Science.

Recently, Ginny shared two photographs of herself on Facebook.

One showed her at the height of her addiction, while the other showed her wearing a university cap and gown.

She accompanied the post with a caption which read:

How about that for motivation?
I honestly thought I'd die on a park bench with a needle in my arm or by gunshot to the head. I would've never in a million years thought my life would look the way it does today.
I would've never in a million years thought my life would look the way it does today.
Stop selling yourself short. You don't know what tomorrow might bring so you might consider starting today.

"There is hope."

In another post, Ginny wrote:

There is hope. No one is disposable. You don't have to die in addiction. You can stop using, lose the desire, and find a new way to live. There are so many of us out here willing to help.

An inspiration to us all. Congratulations Ginny.

You can help support Ginny's studies by donating here.