B.C. mom calls on doctors to let parents help their addicted kids
published on April 11, 2018 by Katya Slepian in Surrey Now-Leader
Report that says parents are overlooked in treating substance abuse reflects mother’s experience
A B.C. woman whose daughter died of a drug overdose is calling on the province to better involve family in addiction treatment.
Deborah Bailey spent many frustrating years trying to get proper treatment for her adopted daughter, Izzy, before she died just before Christmas in 2015.
Izzy overdosed four times in the year before her death. Bailey was never told about those, however, because her daughter was legally an adult.
“She may have been 21, but maturity-wise, she was more like a 14-year-old,” the Vancouver woman said. “She was a little gal we adopted, so she had alcohol-related brain [issues].”
Both Izzy’s biological parents had struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, including when the mother was pregnant with Izzy, leading to the girl having problems with impulse control and understanding consequences.View the full article