Two weeks before he died, Dejah Hall’s grandfather said something to her that triggered a massive change in her life, reports ABC 15. She recalls the meeting with him on his birthday:
“I was a monster. I was a monster in every sense of the word.
My grandfather was sitting in his wheelchair and he looked at me he said, ‘You’re hurting me Dejah.’
I went to the bathroom, and I looked at myself and I really looked at who I had become. This disgusting person who needed to continue to stick these drugs in their veins because I couldn’t function.”
Hall promised her grandfather, Rich, that she would get clean. Hours later, she was arrested on felony warrants by federal agents. In prison, she began her path towards sobriety and towards keeping her promise to Rich, who died while she was there.
Four years later, she is still sober. Hall recently shared a startling photo collage and message on Facebook in the hope of helping others:
In her post, Hall writes:
“Today marks 4 years clean from heroin and meth. The top left is me in full blown addiction , I was a terrible iv user and like most, progressively got worse. The bottom 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 I thank God that I am not where I once was! #Sobriety is #Possible 12/6/12”
The response to her story was overwhelming. Ten days after sharing her initial photo collage, Hall posted it again, this time with a message of thanks. She writes:
“I have received an overwhelming response to this post. I never imagined I would receive this kind of response from the community and country! I know God is using me as his vessel, I know what I want for my life and I know that helping others obtain sobriety is one of those things. I never thought this post would even be shared and I am grateful it has been. God is driving this car and I know in my heart this is all God! These pictures are humiliating and show the real effects of drugs, but that doesn’t have to be your reality! God bless!”
Hall’s journey is far from over. ABC 15 reports that not only is she halfway done earning her college degree, but she’s starting a new job in January as a drug and alcohol counselor— just one more way she’s trying to reach people who are now where she was.