When Misty Musick Sanchez died in July of 2015 after rear-ending a stalled semi-truck on an Arizona highway, her brother, Brian Musick, said he was “relieved.”
In a Facebook post full of raw emotion, Musick unveiled the truth that drugs had stolen the sister he once knew and loved long before her fatal car crash.
“In the mist of all the love and support that she received, she still made her choice and it was stupid and selfish,” Musick said. “I am the only one in my family who has not yet shed tears for Misty. I love her more than I can express, but I cannot comprehend how or why she could leave her own children the way she did. My rage is overshadowing my grief.”
The post further revealed his sister had spent the past two years battling addictions to alcohol and drugs— a year and a half of which was spent behind bars in the county jail for committing drug-related felonies.
Three months after his initial post, Musick felt compelled to explain his sense of relief via social media.
He explained that he also felt:
“And then all of a sudden, [I felt] relief,” he wrote. “I said out loud, ‘Thank God it was just a car accident.’”
Musick’s painfully honest message might have seemed bitter to some, but by delving into his sisters past, he’s helping other addicts with their journey to recovery.
He used his platform to urge those battling drug and alcohol addiction to “get help.” The response has been incredible.
Musick told KPHO News he’s had strangers from around the globe message him, saying his post was a “wake-up call.”
One woman battling addiction was personally touched by Misty’s story:
“I need help. I’m begging for it,” Lisa Cosgrove said in an interview with KPHO News.
Cosgrove and Musick Sanchez met last year when they were both reportedly in jail for drug-related charges.
According to KPHO, Cosgrove relapsed and is facing another three years in jail. She’s shared Misty’s story in hopes of helping her fellow inmates, and said others in jail have pledged sobriety since hearing of Misty’s struggles.
“I have shared Misty’s story so many times,” Cosgrove said. “I am determined to stay sober. Her story will inspire me to stay sober.”
Other addicts wrote about Musick’s unfiltered Facebook post:
“Because of your post, I smashed every pipe and bong I owned. You smacked my selfishness deep, and I know it opened the eyes of many more to be saved.”
“You saved me.”
“I needed that. It snapped me out of my craving.”
Even though Misty is no longer with us, her struggles with addiction now act as a beacon of hope for those who still have a chance at life.