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Kathleen Ready Dayan
Class of 1981
“LA Ice” is a slang term for crystal meth, and it’s also the name of a new novel by Kathleen Ready Dayan that depicts one patient’s story in recovery from her own addiction and her love for someone fighting dependence on crystal meth.
Stevie is 20 when she heads off to a 60-day drug and alcohol addiction treatment program in an attempt to fight off alcoholism. It’s here that she meets Michael, a guitarist in a band, who is fighting his own addiction battle against crystal meth. Michael is unsure that he will be able to conquer his crystal meth addiction and Stevie encourages him in his pursuit, while also finding inspiration to move forward in her own recovery.
Knowing that those new to recovery should avoid serious romantic relationships if possible, the two are graduated from treatment with plans to one day move in together when they both are stable and independent. However, when Michael reunites with his band, he comes across a few complications in his recovery, and the reader gets to see how both he and Stevie make choices that will change their lives and their relationship with each other.
Kathleen Ready Dayan is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School and practiced law in New England for nine years before choosing to write full time. She has been published in a number of magazines and one of her poems was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
She says: “Alcoholism and drug addiction are hugely prevalent in our society, but there is a way out. I am a recovering alcoholic who has been sober for 22 years. I was inspired to write this story to raise awareness about the impact of addiction on people’s lives. And methamphetamine has hit epidemic levels in many states, particularly on the West Coast and the Midwest. It is aptly known as ‘the world’s most dangerous drug.’ The average meth addict lives only five to seven years.”
The story resonates with patients in recovery and with those who love people who are fighting addiction. It can be a long road back to a life of stability and emotional balance, and romance can create a number of complications for those who are fighting addiction and those who love them. Reading about the stories of other in novels or in biography form can help patients and loved ones to feel less alone.
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