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In memory of Allyson Joyce

Created by Family Of Allyson Joyce

Allyson Joyce

Early in Allyson's teen life she made some very bad decisions. Allyson started with teenage drinking around the age of 15. She drank too much and too often. Soon after, she started to experiment with prescription drugs that were easily found in our own home.
By the time Allyson was in her sophomore year, she was experimenting with cocaine and quickly became addicted. Allyson showed no signs of drug use, but was hanging with a crowd that was known as the kids who did heroin.
Ally & I spoke often and I was assured nothing was wrong. We know in the early stages of her addiction we were in complete denial. Allyson was still smart, responsible and looked healthy. At this point in our lives we believed substance abusers fit a stereo-type. It took quite a long time for us to realize how wrong we were.
Small changes were happening in Allyson's life by the time she graduated High School. Still, after questioning her, we believed (we WANTED to believe) that everything was okay. It literally took an earth shattering moment for us to realize the truth and begin our journey of supporting her recovery.
By this time Allyson's addiction, well hidden by her, had already progressed to a dangerous situation. She was using heroin daily and multiple times per day. We quickly set boundaries and Allyson sought the help she needed. Her first serious fight for recovery lasted well over 9 months. There were many relapses and many attempts at recovery.
At times during relapses she became a person we didn't know. She was frightened and couldn't believe this had happened so easily to her. We loved her unconditionally through all this, but still boundaries remained to help her regain her health. This was not easy, and often our love for her made us fail and we relapsed ourselves into enablers. So many people tried to help her, but nobody can control an addiction except the person the addiction controls. That is the hard part, the part that takes more control then some addicts can find.
Allyson had become someone she didn't want to be and fought to regain control and live a healthy life through recovery based on the twelve steps. She was successful many times, but the happiest ever with the progress she made the last couple months of her life. She was proud of the way she was living.
The day before she died we were lucky enough to spend a wonderful day with Allyson who was the fun, loving, and caring person we knew and loved. She was celebrating 58 days clean and home for a visit. We had many laughs and went to bed with hugs and kisses and I love you's. For this I will always be grateful.
After we went to bed, for reasons we will never know, Allyson used and it was just too much for her body to handle. She overdosed and died at home. This one last decision was not how she intended her life to end. This was the drug pulling her back, stronger then she was at the moment.
We will always regret that we will not be able to make new memories, but we do have many good memories. Allyson taught us a lot about life and love and we will have that in our hearts forever.

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Guest Book


1. Victoria Pattison
What a beautiful lady! I'm so sorry. It is so painful. My son Carlo was the same age as your Allyson. He died at home too Feb 2, 2008 of what we thought was an overdose. Later we were told that it was the combination of heroin and coke (very small amounts) that took him from us! It is maddening to think that he could been here with us. My heart goes out to you because I CAN feel your EXACT pain. It will never go away. My only salvation is that I KNOW he is safe with his heavenly Father. Godspeed
2. Carol Nolan
I am so sorry for  your loss, I too lost my 22year old daughter, Sam, this year on the 3rd of January. She also died from a herion overdose. She was young and full of life. She was a hair dresser. She did not want to die, she did not think she would die. No one beleives it will happen to them. God bless you.
3. Pauline Latta
I am very sorry for your loss. It is a monster that keeps rearing his ugly head. My daughter is 25 years old and has been dealing with addiction problems since she was 15. She is currently in methadone care and doing ok. She tells me daily it is a battle within herself. She was to the point of shooting up daily and she told me, "Mom if I do it again, I will surely die". I have had her in many rehabs. My prayers are with you today and forever.
4. Katherine Red
Ms. Joyce - and family; My heart is with you. I did not know your beautiful daughter, nor have I had to go through what you have experienced, but I have lost a loved one quite suddenly at a young age. It's not the same at all, but I hope you know how much people care.
5. Gloria Rhodes
My heart goes out to you, your family and many friends of your beautiful daughter. I am in the midst of dealing with a child on drugs. I am learning how to cope but it is so frustrating but I won't give up on her. I don't want to have to make a memorial tribute for my Tiffany. Thank you for opening my eyes and making me a stronger person by facing the reality of drug use.
6. Leasa Roberts
I feel what your going through. My 28 year old daughter is in the methadone clinic trying to get clean off alkl the street drugs herself. I especially know the pain because I am a 48 year old addict myself that has been sober 6 years. That cliniv saved my life also as well as my daughters. But if it makes any of her family members feel better, she never meant to hurt any of you. These drugs take over your life and you become someone else that noone wabts to know. My family's prayers are with you
7. COOKIE Prado
I am most sorry for your loss. Thank God you got to spend that beautiful last day with her at home. My deepest regrets for your loss.
8. Julie Noonan
I saw the Dance Expressions tribute dance at Beyond the Stars Nationals and just had to let you know that it completely moved me. I wanted to find this website to hear the story- I didn't want to impose and ask at the competition. I had the good fortune of seeing the dance twice this week, and found myself crying with your dancers both times. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your healing process. Your dance was absolutely beautiful. - Julie Noonan, The Next Step Dance Academy
9. Pamela Steven's Sister
I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my brother on May 1. All I can think that comforts me is that my brother isn't controlled by drugs anymore and that he is somewhere better. Allyson is free of heroin and at peace. God be with you in your grief.
10. Kelly Tucker
My heart goes out to you. Just know that she is in a peacefull place where she no longer has to fight a battle of endless sorrow. I will keep you in my prayers.
11. Milissa Shuman
I am so sorry to hear about your daughter. It hasn't even been a week since I lost my cousin to this beast. You are so lucky that you got to spend time with your daughter before it happened. My cousin lived in Mass & her parents live in North Carolina so they didnt see each other before she passed. I can't tell you how many people I know who have passed away because of heroin. My brother & young cousin are also both addicted to heroin & I PRAY they get help before it's too late.
12. Kelly Scott
I am so sorry for your loss. I just lost my brother to heroin as well.
13. Jillian Maloney
I'm beyond sorry to hear about your loss. My friend Pierce Anderson, 16, also died from a heroin adiction. Keep telling your story and sharing the memories to help other mothers so they too don't have to go through the same pain. She's in a better place than this world anyway, right?
14. Cathleen Zepeda
I am so sorry to hear about your daughter. My brother jimmy also had been clean for two years before he used one more time and died at home. I am also grateful that I spent the days befor with him loving on him! I cant wait for the day I can see him smile again but I know we will see them again! take care. Cathleen Zepeda Jimmy Davis's sister
15. John Kelly Sean Patrick's Dad
My thoughts and prayers go out to Allyson, her family and all who are battling addiction. She is a beautiful young lady that was taken way too early, but she is no longer suffering from the pain that addiction brings. God bless and thank you from sharing. Peace.
16. Jensey Faiman
I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter and I definitely understand where you are coming from. My sister Ashley died of a heroin overdose in December of 2006 and she displayed many of the same qualities. It is horrible what evils arise from heroin. They can never be explained. Your daughter is around the age my sister was when she died and i am a little younger. It is definitely too young and I am so sorry your family had to go through that. May she rest in peace. Stay strong!
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I is terrible to know that we are so blinded by the fact that we love our kids so we can not see that something is wrong until the problem has consumed them. SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR LOST. I do not have any words of advice because I am still trying to figure out my own, and have found no answers. But I dowish you happiness and peaceful thoughts. Just keep strong. I am very sorry. Keep her close and flying high.
18. Elaine Davidsmama
Thank you for sharing from your heart and your memories. I love to hear about the love between the addict and those who love them. It is an incredible love. She is beautiful. No new memories is a very painful part of grief and I hate it.And no new pictures. That SUCKS!But I am glad for you all that you had that last day and evening together. What a gift to each other.We tell and we listen and it helps. It doesn't make it better just a shared load. Thanks from one mama to another.
19. Angela Gwynn Mother Of Dallas Nguyen
We have been blessed that you have shared Allyson's story here. I am so sorry she has gone too soon. May we, as parents, brothers, sisters, friends.. keep telling their stories. Keep sharing the beauty of their lives and the senseless misery that drugs abuse leaves behind. May you find the peace you seek.