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Episode 47: Caylee

Season 3, Episode 12

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Caylee
Age: 21
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Addiction: Heroin & Cocaine (Speedballs), Bulimia
What’s Memorable: The skin-picking, how badly the drugs have affected her looks, her controlling anorexic mother, her 50-year old boyfriend.

Official synopsis: As a child Caylee was an over-achiever from an affluent family. But despite her myriad successes, her mother, Christy, was never satisfied with her. Christy, herself was sexually-abused as a girl, and has hidden her bulimia from her family for 35 years. When Caylee was in grade school, Christy began to teach her daughter to count her calories. In high school, Caylee became a bulimic and began drinking. Now, she is 23 and a bulimic and a heroin addict. She is 80 lbs, and goes to her 50 year-old “boyfriend” for drugs and money. The family wants to help both mother and daughter. If they can find a way to have the mother present for Caylee’s intervention, they can then approach Christy about her bulimia as well.

Original Air Date: August 2007
Interventionist: Jeff

Categories: Addicted Parent, Bulimia, Cocaine, Eating Disorder, Heroin, Jeff, Season 3

Discussion

23 Responses to “Episode 47: Caylee”

  1. This episode is one of the saddest ones for me. Caylee is so far gone but really the root of the problem is her mother Christy. She’s so ill and has been for so long that her entire family has been poisoned and Caylee most of all.

    If this show had been done about Christy years ago when she was in the earlier stages of her illness and she had gotten treatment, Caylee probably wouldn’t such a broken little girl.

    Christy’s family has done such a good job of keeping her illness under wraps and trivialized that it is a very good example of one of the things we frequently hear in these stories – “keeping secrets keeps people sick”.

    Posted by cricket | April 25, 2015, 3:47 pm
  2. I’m from Utah close to where she is from (about 35 miles away) and people here are all about keeping secrets. I couldn’t tell if her family was LDS/Mormon or not, (with Ed and Bettina the alcoholics it was obvious to me) but most people around here are. It’s ironic bc everyone is so close to each other because of church yet no one really knows the “truth” about anyone because you have to act perfect or risk being judged by everyone you know. Luckily, the culture doesn’t seem to be as bad in SLC but I truly believe that the LDS culture of secrets makes people sicker because they feel they can’t get help for their problems because then someone will find out and then everyone will find out and judge you for “sinning differently” from them. And reality is Mormons are just as sick as any other demographic. They are just better at hiding it.

    I hope Caylee is doing better. Since residential treatment didn’t seem to work for her I hope she considers methadone. There are like 6 clinics in the SLC area alone, which proves my point. People here are just like everyone else. If there were no opiate addicts here then why would there be so many methadone clinics?

    Posted by Nicole | August 12, 2015, 12:32 am
  3. Wow I also forgot about this episode it’s been so long since I’ve seen it!! Nicole how did she look? She seem happy? In glad she’s getting help. I also wonder if her mom still overcame her addiction to exercise. This was a very interesting episode. Hope her dad is happy too he seemed to really wanna help he sure gave her a lot of money. Thanks for updating us Nicole!!

    Posted by Marissa Robyn | November 13, 2015, 4:39 pm
    • Marissa Robyn – to answer your questions, it’s hard to tell. I don’t want to misjudge anything. She looked tired, and that may be due to the fact that the clinic is open early in the morning, and lots of people roll out of bed with their pajamas on and go dose, or could be due to the fact that she is more figuratively exhausted from her struggles with both mental and physical health problems. Bulimia is no joke, and is very hard on the mind and body, arguably even harder than drugs are. Plus anxiety and depression often co-occur with addictions and eating disorders. Her face seemed thinner, and she has darker hair now (light brown) so I didn’t immediately recognize her. She said she is doing better now than she was then, and that she recently got married which is awesome! I asked her “what was it like to be on Intervention? did they portray things correctly…?” She said she knew nothing about the show then since it was 2007 and it was still new, and before we could continue our conversation I was up next to dose, so we were cut short. That being said I didn’t get a chance to ask how her mom is doing. I was disappointed because I was very interested in what she had to say. I’ll probably run into her again eventually and if I do I’ll ask her how she’s doing. I told her I added her on fb after watching her episode and I’ve thought about messaging her on fb but I don’t want to come across as weird or pushy or something. She seems like a very sweet girl who has fought a hard battle. I truly wish her all the happiness in the world! She deserves it! 🙂

      Posted by Nicole | November 15, 2015, 5:42 am
  4. Sadly, it appears that she was arrested again on 3/21/16 and it says she is currently in jail as of 4/26/16. Wishing you all the best Caylee.

    Posted by Christine | April 25, 2016, 9:29 pm
    • Well I guess that explains why ihaven’t seen her at the methadone clinic lately! I hope she is doing ok! I really have been touched by her story and meeting her in person made me feel even more connected to her like I want her to succeed so badly! Is it just me or is it sometimes easier to cheer on other addicts or people w mental health problems than yourself?

      Posted by Nicole | April 27, 2016, 5:11 pm
  5. Looks like she was caught again last week. There is a tiny pic that doesn’t look anything like her

    Posted by Dewey | October 3, 2016, 5:15 pm
  6. I just seen on her facebook page, on thanksgiving, she gets to spend another thanksgiving sober, so maybe she’s been off/on sober…she’s on facebook under Caylee Wiles Dean

    Posted by Amanda | December 14, 2016, 8:15 am
  7. Wonder how both her and her mother are doing these days

    Posted by Tobie | August 24, 2017, 1:54 pm
  8. Arrested yesterday for DUI, possession and use: http://www.co.utah.ut.us/Dept/Sheriff/Corrections/InmateDetail.asp?ID=357663

    Posted by Bree | August 30, 2017, 10:16 pm
    • Thanks for sharing. Very sad to see she’s been arrested again – one year to the date of her last arrest? Mugshot is difficult to see but indicative of how she’s doing-not well. Continued prayers for her.

      Posted by KJ | August 31, 2017, 8:22 am
  9. Sad. Wonder if she has kids. She was such a pretty girl

    Posted by Drugs suck | September 4, 2017, 3:28 pm
  10. This is her FB. She doesn’t look well. https://m.facebook.com/caylee.wiles

    Posted by Andy | March 24, 2018, 3:39 pm
  11. OMG she looks absolutely horrible!

    Posted by Nickel | March 24, 2018, 6:57 pm
  12. https://www.facebook.com/caylee.wiles

    Looks like she may have gotten married? Last name changed?

    Posted by Kitty Katt | May 27, 2018, 4:34 pm

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