The sister of a Coronation Street extra turned addict who is now sleeping rough has made a plea for her to come home.
Deana Dyce featured in the first episode of Channel 4 documentary 60 Days on the Street.
Her half-sister Regan-Pià-Carra Dyce said she felt a mixture of shock, anger and heartbreak while watching.
While the aspiring event designer knows full well the extent of her sister’s addiction, to have it broadcast in the Ed Stafford documentary was almost too much to bear, Manchester Evening News reports.
“Never in a million years did I ever expect to see my sister on TV like that,” she explains.
“Even though we know her, it was very difficult to see her in that way so publicly. It’s like she’s there, but the person we used to know is gone.
“She’s a good mum and a good person – that’s what makes it all so much harder. I really hope that the programme will be a massive wake up call for her. I would like to help her – we all would.
“All we can hope is that maybe this is her cry for help. Maybe finally she ready to change and get clean.
“Everyone wants her to be clean. I don’t know if that’s something that she will ever be able to do. She’s missing out on so much.”
As a child, Regan-Pià-Carra, 31, idolised her elder sister, 42, who treated her like her own.
Both sharing the same father, they grew up together until the family split and Regan-Pià-Carra went to Bristol with her father, while Deana stayed in Manchester with her mother.
Regan-Pià-Carra said: “When we were younger she’d covered for me so that I didn’t get into trouble and she’d look out for me. I looked up to her.
“I remember after we moved she would visit me and dad and bring me my favourite shoes for Christmas.
“Then I would come up to Manchester for two or three weeks to stay with her and her husband. We were always close. That’s what makes seeing her like that so hard.”
Despite both being exposed to drugs in the family, both sisters took a very different path – and it’s something that Regan-Pià-Carra struggles to come to terms with.
“She was stunning,” she said. “People would say that she had this aura about her. We both did modelling for catalogues. She had it all.
“I just don’t understand how she was born into addiction and has followed the same path. My own mother is a recovering addict, and it has made me take the opposite path.
“I can’t comprehend how she can’t see the devastation her addiction has caused the family. It’s a complete waste of a life.”
While the documentary was a difficult watch, one part offered Regan-Pià-Carra a glimmer of comfort.
“It sounds funny, but she said things now and then that made me realise that she’s still is in there,” she explained. “We’re both outspoken and some of the things she was saying to Ed on the programme would be the way I’d say it.
“Or little things like her king size quilt. I have a thing about king sized quilts, so for her to say that, it made me think that the bond we had is still there.”
While Regan-Pià-Carra is adamant that her sister has had help from the family more times than she can remember – and managed to get clean four times – she feels that the will to change must come from Deana.
“I am not saying she’s a bad person, she’s just made bad decisions,” Regan-Pià-Carra said.
“It’s heartbreaking because I feel like she’s done it to herself. She’s had all the help to get clean, but goes back to the life she can walk away from at any time, if only she could. It’s devastating.
“What she’s got – it isn’t a life, it’s an existence. We would welcome help from anyone. We’d love to give her a lifeline – it’s just whether she would take it.
“There’s always a deep rooted issue with addicts, and that’s something she will need to deal with if she is to get clean. Maybe it’s gone too far, or maybe she just hasn’t had the right help.
“I just hope and pray that when and if she sees the programme, watching herself back will be the boost she needs to start making the change.
“And when she does, we’re all here for her.”
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