A recovering addict has inspired others in recovery to share pictures of how they looked while in active addiction and how they look now in sobriety. His #CleanChallenge post has gone viral, challenging folks to visually confront what addiction can look like and also inspiring people to celebrate their successes in recovery.
Jason Wickline was spiraling. Four years ago, he was arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine. His son Krystian was taken away by Child Protective Services. As his son was led away, he turned to his father and said, “Daddy, I love you and I’ll never forget you,” thinking he would never see his father again.
At this low point in his life, Jason finally took recovery seriously.
“I struggled with drugs most of my adult life (17 years) and started using regularly around age 20,” Wickline said. “My addiction really kicked in after a back injury when I was prescribed opiate pain killers.”
“My addiction took over my life,” he said. “I lost absolutely everything. When I walked into rehab, I literally had the clothes on my back.”
After Wickline completed rehab, he regained custody of Krystian and now works to share that there is hope after addiction. He goes to regular meetings and encourages others that they can find recovery.
“I drew strength from the others I met in treatment who had been where I had been and hurt the way I had hurt and had come out of it. The treatment center I went to was a peer-driven recovery model where all employees were former clients.”
Jason posted photos documenting how far he’s come in his recovery journey, and encouraged others to do the same:
Jason’s post struck a chord with others in recovery, who also shared their before and after photos and messages of hope and strength.
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#CleanChallenge— ReecoveringAri (@Czariree) December 5, 2019
I really didn’t care if I lived or died.
My soul was corrupt and I didn’t think it could be recovered. But alas, here I am 5 years sober. The life I never knew existed, I’m living. #blessed #soberissexy #progressnotpeefection #sobriety pic.twitter.com/FuhtY0lJyJ
Our #tuesdaymotivation comes from Gabi D. who will be celebrating 30 months #clean and #sober in December! 🖤 We encourage you to share your #CleanChallenge with us! #sobriety #recovery pic.twitter.com/9ofUYptZW8— Recovery Unplugged (@RecoveryUnplugd) December 3, 2019
Addiction is a disease, and recovery is possible! If you or someone you love is struggling, there is help.