Thoughts from Mitch's Family ~
"I loved my brother, Mitchell very much. He was kind and loving and friendly and helpful and funny. He had a very big heart and truly cared about others. He was a little bit shy and timid in certain situations. He wanted nothing more than to please people; to be everybody's friend. He was never hurtful, disrespectful or mean. He was a good person who made the wrong choices and suffered unimaginably because of those choices.
I don't know for sure what ever made him do it in the first place, but the first time he used meth was the beginning of the end for him. I think I kind of always knew that he was going to end up dead because of meth. I tried so hard at first to help him out - to force him even - to quit using. I was so angry at him for using drugs and letting it destroy his life. It was hard for me to just sit back and watch the destruction meth was causing and not be able to do anything to stop it. I couldn't understand why he wouldn't just stop.
I know a lot more now about how horribly addicting the drug is and how high a failure rate there is for people who try to quit. I'm more empathetic because I've seen the struggle and I've seen my brother and others lose that fight and I know that it wasn't from lack of desire or effort.
When I think of all the things that meth took away from him, it is almost too much to bear. Mitchell will never fall in love, never get married, never hold his own newborn baby in his arms, never get a big promotion at work, and never own a home or a car or anything at all. He is gone and I would give anything to have him back, to hug him just one more time, but that's the pain of death. There will never be any more.
The grace offered through Jesus Christ and the promises of eternal life with God in Heaven allow me to live with a constant hope that this is not the end; I will see my brother again."
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive synthetic stimulant that affects the pleasure centers of the brain. It is considered one of the most highly addictive substances known.
Methamphetamine abuse leads to devastating medical, psychological, and social consequences. Adverse health effects include memory loss, aggression, psychotic behavior, heart damage, malnutrition, and severe dental problems.
Methamphetamine acts by increasing the release of of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain, which leads to feelings of euphoria followed by a "crash" that often leads to increased use of the drug and eventually to difficulty feeling any pleasure at all, especially from natural rewards.