A couple who beat long-term meth addiction together shared photos before and after beating the drug. If you have ever felt heartbroken by before and after photos that reveal the damage meth can do, this couple's inspiring twist on that concept will give you hope.
Thirty-year-old Brent Walker had struggled with addiction for most of his life. He started smoking cigarettes at age nine and marijuana at twelve. Brent began taking acid and ecstasy at fifteen and became a drug dealer three years later.
When Brent's younger brother was killed while driving under the influence, his life took a bad turn. That is when he started doing meth.
Brent met Ashely, who is now his wife, around that time. They had a turbulent relationship, with conflicts fueled by drugs.
Brent did several prison stints throughout their years together, all related to drug dealing and possession, but Ashley always stuck with him. She had a feeling that one day they would find a better future together, and as it turns out, she was right.
On New Year's Eve of 2016, the couple decided that it was time to get clean. They cut off all contacts from their meth circles and started anew.
Brent and Ashley got married after they had hit thirty days sober. That was their first milestone. Brent earned his GED and Ashely reconnected with her estranged family. The couple are currently working on rebuilding their credit so that they can put a down payment on a home.
Brent has three children and Ashley has two (both from previous relationships), but both lost custody due to issues related to their addictions. Now that they have turned things around, they are working on regaining custody and they both hope to rebuild relationships with their children.
According to Brent, there was a time that he could not imagine choosing a sober life. Getting there was not easy. Now he feels the opposite. He and Ashley just soaked in the joys of life while vacationing at the beach, and they could not be happier.