Faces of Addiction: Woman’s Graphic Photos Of Heroin High Goes Viral
Melissa Lee Matos of West Virginia is a mother who sought to help others with addiction by sharing her before-and-after photos on Facebook and encouraging them to seek help. She stated in a post that she never planned to share the images, but did so because she had friends she thought should see them.
“It goes beyond what my words can accomplish. This is by far, the most raw thing I have shared with the world. Please read. Please share.”
At the time of this writing, her post had been shared more than 50,000 times with more than 14,500 comments.
She noted that she had been in recovery for almost a year-and-a-half and that for years prior, she had experienced overdoses and spend all her money on drugs.
“This is what I looked like, daily, for years. This is what my husband dealt with. This is what my little girls walked in on. This is what my family and friends saw, on the rare occasions I left the house. I was SICK. I was DYING.”
Melissa’s Facebook page states that she’s a freelance writer and social advocate. At the end of her post, she provides her contact information for those who would like to reach out for help
“I did this in the hopes of even getting one person to reach out….Thank you for letting me share my story. I love you all. We can do this together! Never lose hope!!”
West Virginia has the highest drug overdose rate in the United States, and in 2016, there were more than 800 fatalities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state’s overdose rate is 41.5 per 100,000.
Nationwide, opioids including heroin, fentanyl, and prescription painkillers were the responsible for more than 33,000 deaths in 2015.
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology Faces of Addiction