(FOX NEWS) - A mother’s bid to help others struggling with addiction has gone viral, after she shared harrowing before and after photos on her Facebook page urging others to seek help. Melissa Lee Matos, of West Virginia, wrote in an accompanying post that she had never intended to share the photos, but felt moved to because of friends who she felt needed to see it.
“It goes beyond what my words can accomplish,” Matos wrote in the July 14 post. “This is by far, the most raw thing I have shared with the world. Please read. Please share.”
Matos revealed that she has been in recovery for nearly a year and a half, but the period of her life before then was riddled with nights of overdoses and spending every cent she had on drugs to get high.
“This is what I looked like, daily, for years,” she wrote, alongside photos of her with a scabbed face. “This is what my husband dealt with. This is what my little girls walked in on. This is what my family and friends saw, on the rare occasions I left the house. I was SICK. I was DYING. I was so far gone I thought I could NEVER recover. I was so lost I couldn’t imagine a life without using. I just wanted to die. I didn’t realize I was hardly alive.”
While the post does not reveal what moved her to seek help for her addiction, her Facebook page lists freelance writer and social advocate at RecoverMe as her occupation. Near the end of her post, which has been shared almost 50,000 times, Matos lists her number and email address for others who need help.