Matthew A. Bertulli died on November 3rd, 2012 at the age of 27. His young life was abruptly ended by a heroin overdose.
Matt grew up in a small town with a loving family and a home life much like yours or mine. The youngest of five, he lived with his parents, older brother and sister. He loved sports, Pop Warner football, music, and history. He was a good student and had lots of great friends. Matt was extremly compassionate and was always there to help a friend, family member or even a stranger.
Most would say that Matt was a pretty typical kid with a pretty typical life. He was loved by many, yet his good looks and charming personality hid a very dark secret.
In the eighth grade, Matt started drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana. At the time, many viewed this behavior as, all kids and parents do, " All kids that age do it." Unfortunately, this was the start of a much bigger problem that eventually ended his life at barely the age of 27.
At the age of nineteen, a work related injury introduced him to prescription pain killers (opiates). Becuase these narcotics are physically addicting Matt found himself abusing them and this began a vicious cycle, spiralling downward until eventually Matt lost control, of not only his addiction to opiates but lost control of his life too.
Matt did have times when his life seemed to be turning around. He would get a new job and start doing well, only to find he couldn't adjust to life. Again and again he would turn to his solution, heroin. Matt went through so much pain and anguish trying to beat heroin but heroin always won.
Matt thought he could beat this battle. No one really knew the insurmountable struggle he faced every day just trying to live some resemblance of a normal life. This was not the life he would have chosen for himself-to be a sick and suffering drug addict. No one grows up wanting to be a drug addict.
By the time Matt was brought to Providence Hospital his brain had suffered profound damage due to a lack of oxygen as opiates suppresses the respiratory system which caused him to stop breathing. Doctors worked tirelessly to save his life. In the end, the damage was too extensive. Matt would never be our Matt again.
On November 3rd, with his family and friends by his side, Matt's pain was brought to an end. His pain and suffering ended that day but, the pain and suffering that began for his family was and, continues to be, unbearable.
Matt would have made a difference in this world. He would have done anything he wanted to do but his addiction crippled him in unimaginable ways. Opiate addiction does not discriminate. It does not afflict only "the down and out", the homeless, the troubled kids or the poor. It affects good kids like Matt who come from good families and good neighborhoods.
The Missin' Matt Foundation was put in place to help those who suffer from opiate addiction and their families get the help they so desperately need; all money raised will go to opening a sober living community in or around the Milford area to meet the needs of those suffering or directly affected by opiate addiction. This walk helps us do just that, so please come walk with us and/or support us with your donation for "Missin Matt". You might just help save a life!
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