Heroin Addict Mom Is Put In Jail. 4 Years Later, Confesses Grandpa's 4 Words Saved Her Life
Dejah Hall has a dark past involving a struggle shared by millions of Americans. This young woman became addicted to heroin and crystal meth - and as with many, the hold of these dangerous and deadly drugs sent her into a downward spiral. Dejah's addiction not only affected her own life, but also caused great pain, suffering, and worry for those who love her.
Deja admitted to ABC 15 News,
"I was a monster. I was a monster in every sense of the word."
As with both heroin and crystal meth, users become addicted very quickly, and the effects of these drugs are devastating.
According to WebMD, those addicted to heroin may experience: miscarriage, lung disease, skin infections, collapsed veins, and infections of the heart lining. Heroin users are also at a higher risk of developing hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and AIDS. WebMD also explains the possible effects of crystal meth usage: anxiety, confusion, inability to sleep, mood swings, violent behavior, skin sores, dry mouth, sensation of "crawling" skin, rotting teeth - and a greater risk of contracting AIDS as well.
After watching Dejah struggle with a severe addiction to these deadly drugs, her grandfather chose to open up about his feelings. From his wheelchair, he spoke four words to Dejah that would ultimately change the direction of her entire life,
"Dejah, you're hurting me."
Her grandfather's words were concise and simple - yet very powerful.
Dejah assured her grandfather that she would stop using. And then, just hours after she made that promise, she was arrested by federal agents for a previous warrant. Dejah went to prison for her felony, and it was there that she began working on her sobriety.
Sadly, her grandfather passed away just two weeks after their conversation. But, it was the concerned words spoken by him that awakened something in Dejah - a strong desire to change her life.
After four years of living life drug-free, Dejah shared on her Facebook page:
"Today marks 4 years clean from heroin and meth. I was a terrible iv user and like most, progressively got worse. I was arrested 12-6-12 and coincidentally the day I finally surrendered to God!"
This brave young woman went on to share,
"With the help of God I am completing my BA and hope to one day be a prison minister. I have a beautiful 18 month old and everyday I thank God that I am not where I once was!"
Dejah's miraculous and moving story is an inspiration to others - her journey gives hope to those struggling with addiction, and to family members of addicts as well.
It's important to remember that most people struggling with drugs are incapable of beating the addiction on their own. If you or a loved one is suffering from the dangerous effects of drug addiction, seek assistance immediately - there are professionals waiting to provide support. Share this powerful story with your friends and family, and help to spread drug awareness.
Sources: ABC 15 News, WebMD/Heroin, WebMD/Crystal Meth, Facebook/Dejah Hall