Dramatic 'transformation': Pictures show US couple before, after meth addiction

Brent and Ashley Walker.
Brent and Ashley Walker. Photo credit: Caters News.

An American couple has shared remarkable pictures of themselves before and after recovering from their addiction to meth in the hope of inspiring other addicts to give up. 

On July 27, Brent Walker posted two pictures on his Facebook page showing him and his wife Ashley while they were addicted to meth and after they got over their addiction.

"This is my wife and I in active meth addiction. The first photo was taken around December 2016 the second one was taken in July of 2019," the post says. 

"This December 31st will be three years we have been clean and sober and living for God. 

"I hope that my transformation can encourage an addict somewhere! It is possible to recover!"

Brent told the BBC that posting the images was just supposed to be for family and friends, but it has since "blown up". The post has gone viral, with more than 200,000 reactions on Facebook, 18,000 comments and 142,000 shares.

"I want to tell people they don't have to live like this. We are living proof," Brent said.

"Meth messes with your brain, it makes you paranoid, it makes you lose your memory and hallucinate… I couldn't eat. I didn't sleep for days on end."

The BBC reports the couple lost custody of their children, with Ashley previously having gone to rehab and then relapsing.  Brent was in and out of prison on possession charges and eventually, they decided enough was enough.

"We decided to go to church and we got rid of anything that was associated with the drug life...That included cutting people off and getting new friends."

Brent and Ashley Walker.
Brent and Ashley Walker. Photo credit: Caters News.

Many commenting on the post wished the couple their blessings, with one saying it was "an amazing accomplishment".

"Amazing! Truly beating the odds of recovering individually and doing it together!" said another user. 

"Jesus is the only way."