Former drug addict shares inspiring 'before and after' photos to show toll addiction takes on the body

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"Wild I used to look so dead all the f**king time. I'm finally alive." Photo credit: Twitter/Instagram.

A former drug addict celebrating over 700 days sober says he feels "finally alive" and is sharing a series of 'before and after' pictures to inspire others. 

US man Travis Robinson posted the stark comparison on Twitter last month to show the toll addiction to opiates and benzodiazepines took on his body. 

"Let's go! Wild I used to look so dead all the f**king time. I'm finally alive," he wrote, revealing his sober streak was 745 days. 

While in the 'before' photo Robinson is gaunt, pale and covered in acne, in his recent 'after' shot he is unrecognisable. With a healthy flush to his skin, clear, bright eyes and a fuller face - he looks like a new man. 

But the real difference is how miserable he looks in the first photo, compared to the second.

His tweet has racked up over 800,000 likes, with the incredible comparison inspiring other former addicts to reply with their own recovery photos. 

"Love this. I'm celebrating 500 days clean from cocaine and heroin tomorrow!" wrote one woman, sharing her own photos. 

"963 days sober. Let's give thanks to God. I’m finally alive," agreed another former user. 

Robinson told LadBible he decided that he needed to kick his addiction when he realised he was falling behind his friends in life. 

"I wanted to get sober because I wasn't doing anything with my life, just sitting in my bedroom at my grandma's house not having to pay rent or really have any responsibilities," he said.

"Once I saw all my friends my age starting to graduate college and stuff like that, it made me feel like a loser, so I needed to change.

"I put myself in rehab in San Juan Capistrano for about a year and a half, and I just haven't touched the drugs since."

Robinson's photos are just the latest 'before and after' pics to make headlines. Last year a US couple posted remarkable pictures of themselves before and after recovering from their addiction to meth in the hope of inspiring other addicts to give up.