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    At 21, Ashley lives the life of a full-time heroin junkie. But it wasn't always like this, her mother Cheri says. Cheri recalls Ashley at the time was "animated" and ambitious. "She's a beautiful girl and she just had so many dreams," Cheri said. Here, Ashley gets ready for her first day of school.
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    Ashley, who's from the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minn., was a good student in high school and college, and hoped to one day become a social worker.
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    Ashley lives in the furnished basement of her family's high-end suburban home, a room that she calls her "dungeon." She keeps a drawer full of tinfoil in her room so that her parents won't find it. She says she puts the heroin on the foil, burns it, and inhales the fumes.
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    Ashley, right, says she experimented with drugs and alcohol during her first year of college. That's when she had her first encounter with heroin, and got hooked. Now, Ashley says she smokes as many as 100 hits of heroin in a day. "I never thought in a million years that I would be that kind of person," she told "20/20."
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    Ashley says she has made the trip to downtown South Minneapolis "about 100 times" to get her supply of heroin. Exchanges like this one can happen in plain sight.
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    Ashley, who entered a treatment program in April 2010, was a self-proclaimed "junkie." Constant heroin use ravaged her, inside and out, changing her voice, damaging her skin, weakening her immune system. To see how she fares in treatment, and to find out more about the new face of heroin addiction, watch "<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/2020" target="external">20/20</a>" tonight at 10P p.m. ET.
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