Lilith’s Story: From the Pipe to the Stage
I am a recovering drug addict and alcoholic. I spent many years addicted to crystal meth, crack cocaine, and prescription drugs. I was so depressed and consumed with hiding from reality, pain, and my fear of failing at life.
I never wanted to look in the mirror, let alone have pictures of me taken. I hated who I had let myself become.
I think so often now, addiction is glamorized, or sugar coated. There is nothing pretty or admirable about being strung out. All you do is hurt. You embarrass yourself, and all those who love you.
Walking away from that destructive lifestyle is why I am still alive today. I still battle those desires and demons every day, but I choose happiness over hiding.
I need to daily face my fears head on. It is the only way to climb the mountain that is overcoming addictions.
Photographer/blogger’s addendum: Lilith is currently the troupe leader of the Moonshine Misfits – Mischief in the Midwest . She is also a certified esthetician and set designer at A. Shines Designs at Stage 1 studio. She also does some modeling and helps train others in the modeling arts as well.
Up until about 2 days before this shoot, I had no idea of the inner demons and past struggles that she had been though. I knew that she had overcome something, but could never quite put my finger on it( I have known her for 4 years). I am overjoyed that she chose to let me capture the photos and allowed me to share a part of her story.
If you are battling an addiction please call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline