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Rolling Away: My Agony with Ecstasy Paperback – June 27, 2006
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"Lynn Marie Smith has written a gripping narrative that is both intensely personal and yet also very informative. From beginning to end, Lynn's brave and unflinching examination of herself, her actions, and the mistakes that led her from a straight-A cheerleader at school to a crazed, half-dead drug addict shows us the kind of determination and fight it took for this young woman to stay clean. In the end, the hardness of her drug tale is lifted by her honesty and spunk, and love of family, friends, and life."
-- Loung Ung, author of "Lucky Child"
""Rolling Away" is sensitive and bold....it speaks to anyone who ever wanted to pop that pill (or did) and got bound up in that toxic love affair. Bravo to Lynn Smith for getting out of it and channeling her fears and passions into thoughtful and revelatory prose."
-- Jenny Lauren, author of "Homesick"
"I wish that all aspiring party girls would read "Rolling Away, " Lynn Marie Smith's cautionary tale, to understand how damaging and empty drug abuse really is."
-- Lizzie Simon, author of "Detour"
About the Author
Lynn Marie Smith has appeared on several television shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show and MTV's True Life. A member of the advisory board of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, she tours and lectures frequently around the country, educating others about the perils of Ecstasy abuse. She lives in Southern California. Visit her website at www.rollingaway.com.
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now that I'm a bit older and have recently recovered from an addiction to Molly, this book hits home. Idk I just love it lol
(My goal is to read 100 books this year. I am now on 53 ) So this book was a change from the novels I have been reading. I chose 4 biographies I do hope the next one will have some real meaning. If the author reads this I do hope your life is on track now and you canput this behind you. Look to the Lord for help He will help you. I will never understand that need to be high.
Smith was a casual drug user who became an addict, and later, an MRI would prove that she suffered permanent brain damage from her use of the drug Ecstasy. Once she was out of rehab, her days of being a student over, she was back home with her parents, working a dead-end job and living in a small town.
This is the ultimate truth of what can happen to young people who f--k up their lives with drugs. They might not end up as homeless bag ladies with shopping carts, but being stuck in a low-wage dead-end job is a hell on earth, especially when you had a chance to make the big time, and you blew it.
The author's point of view is refreshing - she acknowledges the role that her parents' dysfunction played, but she does not fully blame them (or anyone else) for her problems.
The story of Lynn and her *love* of E is frank and extremely graphic. She made me feel as though I was right there with her during her harshest experiences.
It is so scary to see how easily we can fall into the trap of addiction and Lynn makes mention of this quite frequently in her memoir.
What sets this one apart though is that Lynn apparently still had quite lucid moments during her trips. She frequently mentions, during her heaviest uses, how unhappy she was even during the middle of her E trips.
I loved this book. I don't know you Lynn, but thank you for sharing your story. You are the mesage.