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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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Jennifer Salfen-Tracy shared before and after picture of son Cody Bishop's addiction to heroin and the pain she feels. 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

A Missouri mother shared terrifying before and after photos of her son, which shows the evolution of his addiction . Jennifer Salfen-Tracy took to Facebook to show the true “ face of heroin and meth” alongside two shots highlighting the horrific and devastating transformation of her son Cody Bishop

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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“ 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. The post clearly resonated with people who shared their own stories in the comments about the impact of addiction on their lives.

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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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A MUM who battled against her heroin addiction for over two years shared an inspirational photo of what she This was what the mum looked like before giving up the addictive drugCredit Last year, a former heroin addict encouraged drug users to kick the habit after sharing some candid photos.

Heroin is a highly addictive opiate - User in the depths of addiction will need, intervention, medical detox, long -term therapy and family support. He managed to get a scholarship to college, but after his first year, he came back home to the same group and was introduced to a new drug: heroin .

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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