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Moments of Clarity: Voices from the Front Lines of Addiction and Recovery Paperback – Bargain Price, February 9, 2010
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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.
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Mr. Lawford and the contributors in this book fearlessly break the validity of this mantra through the strength of sharing their stories, bringing to life the realness of the disease of addiction and the holds it has on the mother, husband, teenager, employee, and celebrity, forcing them to go against what they know is the "right thing to do."
Each story truly reached deep within and touched my soul, as they not only share their hardships, but proclaim their moment of clarity, and the astonishing changes made in their lives because of that moment. They are all great examples of willingness, and almost anyone can find identification with the feelings, thoughts, adversities, and subsequent moments of clarity as we all face some form of them during our lives on a daily basis.
I would recommend this book to those who have family members suffering with this disease and need to understand the pain and hopelessness felt by those they love. To the addict who is still suffering as they will find the hope they are so desperately seeking and to those who are in recovery as they will be able to experience renewed epiphanies as I did.
Thank you to everyone who courageously contributed to these pages as I know many people will find salvation and peace of mind through your strength.
When reading about the "A-Ha" moments via the trials and tribulations of the famous and not-so-famous -- from Oscar-winner Richard Dreyfuss, Jamie Lee Curtis and Katey Sagal to former federal inmate DeJuan Verrett and Safe Harbor sober homes founder Velvet Mangan -- hope, courage and willingness are the threads that tie all the stories together. The reader is left with renewed focus and energy to move forward in life and embrace change.
We are all on a path for a better tomorrow. Moments of Clarity is that comprehensive manual that if we put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward, we will get there with dignity, grace and clarity.
"Moments of Clarity" are those moments when an addict or alcoholic finally comes to terms with the fact that the disease that grips them isn't going to just go away, and is a problem. This book is a collections of memories of their own moment, or moments, of clarity for 43 (mostly) celebrities. The stories are touching, frightening, sad, aggravating and ultimately hopeful and inspiring memoirs. What I appreciated about the book was that I didn't think I needed to suffer from addiction to find personal relevance here. I took notes of such little gems as "self-centeredness was the basis of psychological suffering" from page 94, or "Resentment is such a poisonous emotion ..." on page 194. The anecdotes can inspire even a sober person to their own moment of clarity in other areas of life.
I wondered who would be the market for this book. Based on the stories, I doubt it would inspire many addicts/alcoholics to a moment of clarity. I'd recommend the book to anyone interested in general in the subject of addition and recovery, or anyone with an interest in inspiring stories of personal triumph or of celebrities struggles and victories.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 5 months ago by frogprince
Such an inspiring piece of literature! Moments of Clarity is a phenomenal book!Published 7 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 10 months ago by Carol Hubbard
It was OK--I wish that there had been more about his addictions than other peoples.Published 10 months ago by AABNST/11
Excellent insight into the problem of overcoming drug addiction. Well written.Published 11 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 11 months ago by Perry Luzwick