On Tuesday, Redditor Minnesotapolis posted two side by side pics that are purportedly of himself. The one onthe left is him when he was enjoying regular methamphetamine usage, and the one on the right is him after a year without meth. There are several differences, but the most important one is that without a drug addiction, he's smiling.
The post became very popular as people wrote congratulatory messages and encouragements in the comments. Then someone found another post written by Minnesotapolis, from about a year ago. In it he talks about his addiction and his struggle to get clean:
I'm a Crystal Meth addict in active addiction. I made a post about my addiction a few days ago and I just wanted to kind of update whoever saw it.
I went home to my moms house this weekend to go to an AA convention to try to get clean. I ended up getting high as soon as I got back to my apartment today and I'm devastated. I'm completely disheveled and I'm an absolute mess. I never believed them when I was growing up. I always thought they were wrong and I wanted to find out for myself.... biggest mistake I've ever made.
So here I sit, I'm high again and I'm unsure of what to do to stop. I've tried a million different ways and I have put 100% effort into 12 step work. I can't fucking stop and this shit is going to kill me eventually.
This post has been "locked," which means no one else can comment on it (probably because his other post went viral). As a result, there's only one response to his sad story. It's from an old friend. That's right—on Reddit, a website with millions of anonymous users, a friend found Minnesotapolis. They wrote to him:
Of course, no one but Minnesotapolis knows if this interaction had anything to do with his recovery, but the knowledge that it could have might make you more hopeful about shouting into the dark void of the Internet. And if it did help him, this commenter sums up just how amazing that is: