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On February 17, 1986, after years of addiction and self-destruction, Christopher Kennedy Lawford reached a turning point in his life, one that would mark the beginning of his long road to recovery. In his New York Times bestselling memoir, Symptoms of Withdrawal, he chronicled his deep descent into near-fatal drug and alcohol addiction, and his subsequent hard-won journey back to sobriety, which he has maintained for more than twenty years. The Before and the After. But before and after what? What happened at that point in time to trigger the understanding within himself that he had to change? What finally forces any person to choose life over death?
The overwhelming response he received to his book impressed upon Lawford the number of people struggling to find their own way back from addiction and the need to share their stories. There was no easy way out for any of them. They all had to go through a moment of humility, vulnerability, and transformation and choose to take that first step of the journey. And each had their own intensely personal moment that signaled a Before and an After. The histories gathered here are the recollections of lives snatched back from the brink of a precipice so wide and deep it threatened to engulf them.
Every segment of society has been touched by addiction and its aftermath. Moments of Clarity collects stories from men and women, young and old, and across all barriers of celebrity, color, and class. Represented in these pages are the singer and the actress, the writer and the anchorman, the man from the movie screen and the woman who lives down the street. A myriad of different moments but all with the common understanding of where these men and women have been and where they must go. As they bravely share their stories, they shed light not only on their own experiences but also on the journey we all take as human beings, looking to make sense of our world.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book is worth reading. It tells the stories of several people who have experienced drug addictions. I found it very interesting and it held my interest.Published 3 months ago by frogprince
Such an inspiring piece of literature! Moments of Clarity is a phenomenal book!Published 4 months ago by Jessica Caballero
Christopher Kennedy Lawford has written a fascinating and deeply moving book. It's also a painful one to read, because Lawford spares neither himself nor those around him. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Carol Hubbard
It was OK--I wish that there had been more about his addictions than other peoples.Published 8 months ago by AABNST/11
Excellent insight into the problem of overcoming drug addiction. Well written.Published 9 months ago by NEW TRIER 49
Gave the book to a friend near rock bottom. The person liked the book and found it helpful.Published 9 months ago by Perry Luzwick