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Health & Fit 'The face of heroin': Mom shares haunting before and after pics of addiction

01:20  12 october  2019
01:20  12 october  2019 Source:   today.com

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Like many before and after pictures , the images Jennifer Salfen-Tracy shared on social media show a stark difference. But the mother's photos are especially tragic: They show the heartbreaking devastation of addiction on her oldest son, Cody Bishop. “ The face of heroin and meth … is reality for so many

' Face of meth'. A MUM has shared shocking before and after photos showing her son's downward spiral after he became addicted to heroin and meth. “My oldest son is suffering from his addiction . I am hesitant on sharing but many people ask how things are going so I feel I should share .

Like many before and after pictures, the images Jennifer Salfen-Tracy shared on social media show a stark difference. But the mother's photos are especially tragic: They show the heartbreaking devastation of addiction on her oldest son, Cody Bishop.

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"The face of heroin and meth … is reality for so many people and families in the world today," Salfen-Tracy wrote on Facebook. "I have learned along this path that so many people and families deal with the same heartache but just do not talk about it."

Taken only seven months apart, the first picture of Bishop shows a healthy young man with broad shoulders, a muscular build and blond hair. The later photo reveals what looks like the ghost of the first man. Bishop still has the telltale blond hair but he is emaciated, his collarbones poke out of a tank top and sores cover his skin.

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The ' face of heroin and meth': Mother shares heartbreaking photos of her drug- addicted son Mom Jennifer Salfen-Tracy posted harrowing before and after image of her son. Salfen-Tracy revealed she had not seen her son in weeks and believes he is deep in a spiral of addiction , probably living on

“ Heroin keeps you in a fog where you don’t care,” says recovering heroin addict Maggie, whose recent Reddit post has grabbed a lot of attention.

While Salfen-Tracy is not only concerned by her son's sickly appearance, she's consumed by worry because she has lost touch with him.

"Cody is still homeless in Las Vegas and I have not heard from him in weeks now. Hearing how bad he is doing is hard but not hearing at all is worse. The unknown is what makes a person not sleep at night. It is hard to understand how someone who has families and children who love and need them live the life they do," she wrote on Facebook.

Salfen-Tracy is sharing her pain and frustration as a way to raise awareness about addiction.

"This is a true issue in our world today that we need to pull together and focus on to fix," she wrote.

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Before and After of Cody Bishop Facebook. “ The face of heroin and meth,” Jennifer Salfen-Tracy wrote on Facebook alongside two shots highlighting the horrifying transformation of “This is not just a problem that my family faces but almost everyone knows someone who has a drug/ heroin addiction .”

Dejah Hall’s post about before and after drug addiction has gone viral. One mom ’s shocking before - and - after photos — showing how her “disgusting” life had been ravaged by meth, cocaine, and heroin addiction — are going viral for their combo of shock and hope this week.

The post has gone viral with 41,000 reactions to it, 18,000 comments and 46,000 shares. While many people offered prayers and encouragement, others shared stories about their own loved ones grappling with addiction. One woman explained that she lost her husband to heroin.

"I still don't know what I could have done to change the outcome," the woman wrote. "I pray your son sees the light and love you are offering and goes to rehab."

Another woman noted she and Salfen-Tracy have something in common: Both have sons struggling with addiction that they can't find.

"I have a son that's out there on heroin. And he's been missing for a month now. I'm tired of worrying but I can't help myself not knowing if he is dead or alive," she said.

America is caught in a terrible epidemic of addiction and drug overdose deaths. Almost 1 million Americans had a methamphetamine use disorder in 2016 and heroin use has been on the rise in the U.S. since 2007, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Salfen-Tracy thanks the people she's met that knew Bishop and have tried to help him and urges the nation to address addiction before ending with a personal plea.

"Let's get a hold of this issue America and help each other. Thanks again for everyone's love and support. And, Cody if you see this please call us," she wrote. "We love you!"

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