'The hardest thing ever': Heroin addict's amazing transformation

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·2-min read

A mum has shared her amazing recovery after battling heroin and crack cocaine addiction.

Demi-Nicole Dunlop, 27, from Fochabers in northern Scotland, wrote on Facebook last week she’s been “entirely clean” of the drugs for four months after two years of addiction.

Ms Dunlop is currently in hospital for two weeks as part of a detox to reduce her need for methadone.

The mum wrote she’s currently dealing with sickness “severe fatigue, cold sweats” and soreness.

Demi-Nicole Dunlop, 27, before and after her heroin addiction.
Demi-Nicole Dunlop, 27, has shown her amazing transformation in recovering from crack cocaine and heroin addiction. Source: Facebook/ Demi-Nicole Dunlop

She wrote in October she knew going to hospital, which is the final step of her rehab, was going to be her “last chance” and she was “absolutely terrified”.

“It’s taken me a very long time to feel I’m worthy,” she wrote.

“I’ve done well and feel proud of how far I’ve come. But that’s only because of the incredible support of you all. I’ll forever be grateful for that.”

The mum shared “graphic images” of herself during addiction. She fell pregnant during her addiction.

“The reasoning behind me sharing these graphic photos again of the before, during and after addiction is to now be shared, far and wide,” she wrote.

Demi-Nicole Dunlop, 27, is pictured before and after her addiction to crack cocaine and heroin.
Ms Dunlop puts her recovery down to her children and valuing her own life. Source: Facebook/ Demi-Nicole Dunlop

“If you’re reading this and you’re in mid-addiction and you’re feeling you will never get out of that dark, scary, black, horrible daily cycle of addiction, that black hole, then you can.”

Children serve as motivation to get clean

The young mum’s addiction cost her the custody of her seven-month-old daughter Harlynn while her son Hudson, 7, lives with her mum.

“With a heavy hurt heart, I now admit, at present I am not in the stable mindset for bringing up either of my precious children,” she wrote.

Ms Dunlop added her children provided the motivation for getting clean along with the realisation her “life is worth more than toxic dirt”.

She’s hoping her stint in hospital will help her finally be free of addiction.

“A day closer to an entirely different way of living, strict and structured,” Ms Dunlop wrote.

“I guess I wasn’t expecting a holiday camp and this is gonna be probably the hardest thing I’ll ever endure, but rewarding.”

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