Addiction is a disease that does not discriminate. It affects people from all walks of life. It strips people of their happiness, their health, and their potential. When someone successfully beats addiction, it is an amazing sight to see.
People quit drinking and drugs for a variety of reasons. It might be that they were becoming dependent on these substances to an unhealthy degree. Maybe they didn’t like who they became when they partook. Whatever the reason, it takes a huge amount of discipline and work and faith in oneself to be able to take the leap and live a sober lifestyle. The pictures in the gallery below show people when their lives centered around a substance that controlled their every move and their every thought.
But they also show what these same people looked like after they decided to take back their lives, to regain control of their stories. And it is an amazing thing to see. The way a person physically changes when they stop drinking is shocking to witness, but you can also see in these people’s eyes that they are finally free to be themselves– and that’s the best part of this whole thing.