On June 6, 2015, David and Jackie Siegel received the call that no parent should ever get. Their beautiful, vibrant, 18 year old daughter Victoria had died of a drug overdose.
The Siegels could have crawled into bed, pulled the covers over their heads, and become a basket case. Instead they decided that they were going to do whatever it takes to prevent this from happening to other parents.
Right after Victoria passed away, Jackie received a text from one of Victoria’s friends directing her to look in her bedroom nightstand for a secret diary she had kept—and suggesting they publish it.
The Siegels decided to honor Victoria’s wish.
“Our daughter’s legacy is that her death will save thousands of other people’s lives”—that’s the commitment by her parents, David and Jackie Siegel, and their reason for publishing her diary—teen slang, bad language and all.
Victoria’s diary, in her own hand and featuring her own art, is bookended by an expert foreword and intros by her parents before Victoria’s actual diary, and then medical advice, tips and resources following her diary.
Victoria’s Voice is a gripping peek inside the mind of sometimes happy, healthy teen and other times dramatically influenced by drugs and alcohol. This is Victoria’s Voice—from beyond the grave. It could save your child’s life.
“Addiction is a disease that touches nearly every family in this country. Victoria’s Voice brings to life the very personal struggles faced by those battling addiction and the impact it has on families. By sharing Victoria’s diary entries with the public, David and Jackie Siegel are preserving their daughter’s wishes and dreams and providing important resources to a public in crisis. We hope other families touched by addiction read Victoria’s words and are motivated to share their own stories and help bring this disease into the light.”
—Jessica Nickel, President and CEO, Addiction Policy Forum