Everything in moderation is a pretty solid rule to live by, but some things are harder to moderate than others. Like hard drugs for example. Drugs like crack cocaine, heroin, and meth amphetamine are particularly habit-forming, and recreational use can soon become habitual, especially if you're in a place where you feel like you need to escape from life, or you don't have the right support network to look out for you. Getting off such drugs can be incredibly difficult once hooked, but as you can see from these incredible before and after pictures of recovered heroin addicts compiled by Bored Panda, it's far from impossible, and the rewards can be life-changing.

#1 4 Years Clean From Meth And Heroin

4 Years Clean From Meth And Heroin
Today (12/6/16) marks 4 years clean from heroin and meth. I was a terrible iv user and like most, progressively got worse. On the left is me the day I was arrested 12-6-12 and coincidentally the day I finally surrendered to God! 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... Read More
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Hope Floats 19 hours ago
Brilliant!!Well done you!!...Not only has she transformed herself into a stunning young lady,with the whole world in front of her 'now',there's an inner happiness that is shining through....So happy for you and everyone else that are overcoming these addictions...
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#2 8 Months Clean From Heroin

8 Months Clean From Heroin
8 miraculous months sober... Longest I've ever went... Without being forced. Because I want it this time.
phattiusmax 17 hours ago
That is the best reason out there...way to go you for being your own reason!
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#3 10 Years Clean From Crystal Meth

10 Years Clean From Crystal Meth
19 years old. I thought I was the most amazing person. I weighed about 100 pounds. I was a dick. I stole from my friends for drugs. I stole from my family for drugs. I lied. Cheated. Hurt very good people. I had no one left besides my step dad when I quit. No one believed me anymore. It was a very hard time. It's been ten years and I... Read More
Caitlyn McCracken 18 hours ago
Your step dad is awesome for standing by your side. Congratulations
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#4 Here Is What 826 Days Heroin Clean Looks Like

Here Is What 826 Days Heroin Clean Looks Like
On June 11th 2014 I went to jail for 36 days on a contempt charge. Without delving too deep I'll just say that I was in a really abusive relationship that led to my daughter going to live with my mother. She is my whole world, so when that happened I fell into a deep depression and leaned to my abusive boyfriend for emotional support. His answer to making me... Read More

#5 6 Years Meth Free

6 Years Meth Free
I keep that picture to remind myself where it took me, where I was. I felt defeated. I look at the other picture and I think, 'Wow, I did it.' Today I celebrate my life! 6yrs clean from the grips of meth addiction! If you are still in the midst of this ugly nightmare please know there is hope. You too can beat this and have a beautiful life. It is NEVER... Read More
Meredith 17 hours ago
HUGE transformation. Great job and keep improving!
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#6 6 Years Clean From Cocaine And Heroin. Photographed Himself During The Years He Was Addicted

6 Years Clean From  Cocaine And Heroin. Photographed Himself During The Years He Was Addicted
When I first really started doing drugs, I felt it was enhancing my life – it just made everything sort of great. But I knew I was an addict when I started having to do it in the morning when I woke up. And that's when I should've known to stop, but I didn't. When you're on drugs, you never think you're going to be able to get back... Read More
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Sheralyn 17 hours ago
This guy too, looks 10 years younger.
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#7 8 Months Clean

8 Months Clean
I was in such a dark and broken place that I never thought I could get out of. I was contemplating taking my life because I could not bare the pain anymore. My life was driven by fear and not wanting to look at myself. I decided that I am either going to end it all or pick myself up and start fighting for the peace and happiness that I... Read More
Sheralyn 17 hours ago
Beautiful :)
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#8 More Than 3 Years Clean And Sober

More Than 3 Years Clean And Sober
Recovery for me exemplifies the promises coming true. The gift of family, and honesty between all of us, is truly better than what my life was even before I picked up a drink or a drug.
Cathy Binder 19 hours ago
i keep wanting to say something about how awesome it is that you guys got sober, but i don't think there are words that adequately express that. these photos say pretty much everything.
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#10 Six Months Meth And Heroin Clean

Six Months Meth And Heroin Clean
Today, my life is different. And that's all I could really hope for towards the end. Not a better life, because I didn't feel like anything was ever going to get better... But just something different. This is what 6 months of hard work and commitment looks like for me. I can finally know what happiness and serenity feel like. I get to help others as well as tell my... Read More