Incredible transformation of former Leeds spice and cocaine addict in just 43 days
This photograph shows the incredible transformation of a former cocaine addict from Leeds following support from a charity - in just 43 days.
Josh Ellis, 25, is now more than 1,000 hours clean from drugs after getting help and being supported by Vulnerable Citizen Support Leeds - a charity based in the city.
He has even started to work as a landscaper thanks to help from the charity.
Photographs taken of Josh when he was an addict in contrast to this week have garnered huge reaction on social media in Leeds, with many people praising his heroic efforts so far.
Vulnerable Citizen Support C.I.C aims to help the most destitute people in society.
They provide food parcels to struggling individuals and families and assist in finding accommodation for anybody who needs it.
Their slogan is "Homeless Not Helpless".
The group found Josh on the streets of Leeds - outside a Greggs store in a sleeping bag on Kirkstall Road.
They helped him get a haircut, with food and even to find the landscaping job.
The charity also helped pay for hotel accommodation for Josh to get his life back on track.
Josh has now been clean for more than 43 days and his journey has been documented on their social media page.
Hayden said: "We just knew he needed a chance."
Josh had been visiting the support unit at the charity for two weeks prior to being taken in by the group.
He told the Yorkshire Evening Post he used to spend up to 80 pound a day on drugs.
However, his new found work ethic thanks to the group means he is "motivated" to find a better life.
Josh said his life had changed completely thanks to help from the group.
He said: "When I’m walking down the street now, I’m able to look up and see what’s around me.
"I’m not bothered what people think or say - I have the confidence to be able to do what I want now & make the right choices.
"All it took was somebody who had time, effort & trust to put into me to make me realise - what a bright future I can have."
The group will keep supporting Josh in the difficult coming months to ensure he does not relapse, Hayden said.
Support the YEP and become a subscriber today. Enjoy unlimited access to local news and the latest on Leeds United, With a digital subscription, you see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Click here to subscribe.