A mother-of-two has shared pictured of her staggering makeover as she recovers from her addiction to heroin and crack cocaine.
Demi-Nicole Dunlop, 27, was on the Class A drugs for two years and was left looking gaunt, with scabs all over her face.
But now the student from Fochabers, near Elgin, Scotland, has been clean for four months after receiving specialist treatment.
Now she has shared pictures of her glamorous new look to show how far she has come in a bid to give other addicts hope.
She said: ‘I’ve now been entirely clean of both crack cocaine and heroin for four months.
‘That’s entirely clean. After being an addict for two years, every single day.
‘It took me a very long time to feel I’m worthy, I’ve done well and feel proud of how far I’ve come.’
In the emotional Facebook post to her 3,500 friends and followers, she said: ‘But that’s only because of the incredible support of you all, I’ll forever be grateful for that.
‘The reasoning behind me sharing these graphic photos again of the before, during and after addiction is to now be shared, far and wide.
‘If you’re reading this and you’re in mid-addiction and you’re feeling you will never get out of that dark, scary, black, horrible daily cycle of addiction, that black hole, then you can. Please please believe me.
‘I had a large scale habit and I thought there was never gonna be a light at the end of the tunnel and I found it.
‘It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t a walk in the park and it most certainly has been far from pleasant.
‘But please be reassured by me, that you can and you will become free of that dark black hole of addiction.
‘I know that feeling of thinking it’s impossible, I’m an example of it being possible.
‘I was absolutely terrified initially of making my story public as most of you are aware, but I’m very lucky in the aspect of having such great support and positive feedback, and so will you.’
Demi-Nicole, who is now engaged, is currently receiving hospital treatment as part of her continuing recovery.
Encouraging people to share her story, she said: ‘If this is able to help somebody else and give them the drive and reassurance things can change then I’d be thrilled.’
Commenting on her silky hair and stunning complexion, followers said she looks ‘gorgeous’ and ‘amazing’.
Shirley-Anne Heggie said: ‘I’ve watched your journey your an inspirational woman and beautiful.’
Pal Ami Stephen added: ‘You look so happy today Demi, full of positivity. Keep a smile on that beautiful face.’
Old school friend Lori Allan said: ‘You’re doing amazing and I can see it in you your ready for this Demi.
‘You’ll be back to yourself and the same girl I was best mates with in school.’
Whitney George said: ‘You’re doing amazing, keep up all the effort your putting in.’
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