Mom shares pictures revealing the devastating impact of son's drug addiction
A mother has taken to social media to share photographs of her son, which show the devastating impact that drug addiction can have - not only on the person in question, but on their loved ones too.
Jennifer Salfen-Tracy revealed on Facebook that her 26-year-old son, Cody, is currently homeless in Las Vegas, and described him as the "face of meth and heroin". She then shared two photos of Cody, taken just seven months apart, to raise awareness of how rapidly addiction can cause your health to deteriorate.
"The face of heroin and meth...... is reality for so many people and families in this world today. This may be long so I apologise," the post began.
"For my family and friends who know me know that my oldest son Cody Bishop is suffering from his addiction. I am hesitant on sharing but many people ask how things are going so I feel I should share.
I have learned along this path that so many people and families deal with the same heartache but just do not talk about it. This is a true issue in our world today that we need to pull together and focus on to fix instead of the government worrying about and spending all their money on throwing each other under the bus."
Salfen-Tracy later updated the post, writing "Update..... Cody is still homeless in Las Vegas and I have not heard from him in weeks now. Hearing how bad he is doing is hard but not hearing at all is worse. The unknown is what makes a person not sleep at night."
"It is hard to understand how someone who has families and children who love and need them live the life they do. I have turned it over to God and pray that he decides he is tired of living like this and wants to come home to get help.
Through social media I have came along so many great people that have crossed his path over time through his past rehab. They have a great support team with each other that is amazing and I appreciate those who have reached out trying to help. I just want to say thank you to those who have talked to him and thank you for all the prayers.
This is not just a problem that my family faces but almost everyone knows someone who has a drug/heroin addiction. I pray for strength for those suffering and healing for their families and friends.
"FYI.... these pictures were taken 7 months apart. That is how fast someone is affected.... let's get a hold of this issue America and help each other. Thanks again for everyone's love and support. And Cody, if you see this please call us... we love you," she concluded.