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"In this revealing and readable book, Christopher Lawford sets out ten lessons of recovery—drawn from his own struggles and those of others—that can help everyone enhance and enrich their lives."
—Joseph A. Califano, Jr., Founder of CASAColumbia, The Nation Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University

“The insights in What Addicts Know are unparalleled. Christopher Kennedy Lawford provides a unique perspective on the enlightening lessons gleaned from recovering addicts’ experiences. This is a book that will change the way we think about the wisdom of healing.”
—Ed Begley Jr., actor

“With his 10 lessons, Christopher Kennedy Lawford eloquently explores how the insights offered by recovering addicts can benefit individuals in any walk of life.”
—Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's' "Hardball" and author of Tip & The Gipper: When Politics Worked

“Simply reading and seriously considering the list of ten lessons at the beginning of this extraordinary book will move your life toward wholeness.”
—Richard Chamberlain, actor

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. Mr. Lawford's book offers such knowledge and we can all benefit from it."
—John Larroquette, actor

"When the addicted come out the other side, they appreciate life in a new way. They are empowered to reach goals they never thought they could attain. They can lead full lives free from the pain that plagued them and the disease that controlled them. In What Addicts Know, not only does Christopher Kennedy Lawford help us to heal, but to thrive. As he has consistently, Lawford blazes new trails, guiding and inspiring us.”
—David Sheff, New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction

“I am thrilled by the way my cousin, Chris, communicates the very essence of recovery and its benefits. For me and millions of others in recovery, he reignites the magic of self knowledge and self sacrifice echoing our uncle’s admonition to ask what we can do, not what others can do for us. He also offers the hope and some of the tools we need to melt away stigma and discrimination, and emerge as a greater caring community.”
—Patrick J. Kennedy, Founder, The Kennedy Forum

“Those of us who treat addiction know that recovering addicts are strong and inspiring individuals. What Addicts Know makes their courage and wisdom accessible for everyone. I am so glad to see this accurate, honest resource on shelves today.”
—Patrick Carnes, Ph.D., C.A.S., author of Out of the Shadows

"In a way, we're all addicts—addicted to the fears and limitations of the world in which we live. By shedding light on the realities of recovery, Lawford sheds light on how anyone can best achieve the mindset of wisdom and inner peace."
—Marianne Williamson, New York Times bestselling author of The Age of Miracles and Founder of The Peace Alliance

“Addicts in Recovery know how to live in ways that inspire everyone, including their psychiatrists. Now Chris Lawford has put this hard-won and uniquely valuable wisdom onto the pages of a magic book. Read it!”
—Robert L. DuPont, MD, First Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Second White House Drug Czar, and author of The Selfish Brain - Learning from Addiction

“Christopher’s practical ‘lesson plan’ can help you achieve the resiliency needed for successful recovery. He captures the idea that recovery is a lifetime of learning rather than just a one-time event. This book of lessons provides a basis for recovery and a fruitful life of service to you and to others."
—Kitty S. Harris, Ph.D., LMFT, LCDC, professor, and author of Women and Recovery—Finding Hope

"In What Addicts Know, Lawford describes a repository of vital life skills and lessons – derived from the experience of addiction – that are essential for living a full, satisfying, successful, and happy life. Ultimately, What Addicts Know is a book for everyone interested in finding a place for themselves, learning more about the human condition, and ultimately advancing their own sense of humanity."
—Howard J. Shaffer, Ph.D., C.A.S., Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School & Director, Division on Addiction, The Cambridge Health Alliance

About the Author

Christopher Kennedy Lawford spent 20 years in the film and television industries as an actor, lawyer, executive and producer. He is the author of two New York Times bestselling books, Symptoms of Withdrawal (2005) and Moments of Clarity (2009).

In recovery for more than 25 years from drug addiction, Lawford campaigns tirelessly on behalf of the recovery community in both the public and private sectors. He presently works with the United Nations, the Canadian Center on Substance Abuse, the White House Office on Drug Control Policy, and the World Health Organization. He also consults with Fortune 500 companies and numerous non-profit groups, speaking around the world on issues related to addiction, mental health, and Hepatitis C.

In 2009, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Lawford to the California Public Health Advisory Committee. In 2011, Lawford was named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime to promote activities supporting drug treatment, care and recovery. He also serves as national advocacy consultant for Caron Treatment Centers.

Lawford holds a bachelor of arts from Tufts University, a juris doctor from Boston College Law School, and a masters certification in clinical psychology from Harvard Medical School where he held an academic appointment as a lecturer in psychiatry.

Product Details

  • File Size: 361 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1939529069
  • Publisher: BenBella Books (January 7, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 7, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GQFBNF4
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reviewer TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 18, 2014
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What Addicts Know: 10 Lessons from Recovery to Benefit Everyone by Christopher Kennedy Lawford is a must-read book. There are immense lessons to be learned. Everyone reading the book will certainly derive much benefit not only for oneself but also for those around us.

Whether you like it or not, addiction is a dreaded evil that is threatening the very fiber of our family and community life in more ways than one. Yet, there is a tendency to believe that so long as we or our dear ones are spared of the menace, we are out of its reach, and therefore can continue to live our life the "normal" way. But how long can we really afford to look the other way? And are we really free? Addiction is spreading its tentacles and sooner or later it is bound to touch our lives.

There are lessons to be learned. And the author has succinctly laid down ten great lessons. It is up to us to learn them. Changing One Person at a Time as the afterword is truly inspiring. With a foreword by Drew Pinksy, What Addicts Know: 10 Lessons from Recovery to Benefit Everyone by Christopher Kennedy Lawford is a timely and insightful book that will go a long way in shaping a better society.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary E Decker on February 12, 2014
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Having lived with an addict and understanding the addictive process I was drawn to this book. Mr. Lawford hits it on the head, and offers good advice for all of us. This is not a book for addicts, it is a book for how to live life well. I highly recommend it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jennifer errickson on February 8, 2014
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Love his books. Read 4 so far. What a wealth of knowledge. Gives me hope when addiction seems hopeless! Thank you!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Hulbert on March 5, 2014
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Coming from a family of addiction, the pain and suffering piece is clearly in place. WHAT ADDICTS KNOW offers a new perspective. The author does not glamorize addiction, but rather helps us see how the strength of recovery as a positive force in our lives. Not only does this work for the addict, but for all of us who hang around on the periphery of addiction and recovery.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Myrna Lambert on February 14, 2014
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Excellent book for anyone. Whether in recovery, loving someone who is in recovery or battling addiction, Christopher Kennedy Lawford relates life lessons that are universally relevant. Through sharing his personal struggles and path to recovery, he reveals the intricacies of not only "what addicts know" but what it means to be human.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By karen carlson on May 8, 2014
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I've enjoyed reading this book. Anyone interested in learning more about addiction would enjoy it too. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laurenda Bates on March 21, 2014
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This book gave me the big picture, looking from the addicts side of his battlefield. It gave me much more respect for the addicts who really want to come clean having to fight this addiction world of ours with their whole heart and soul, it's do or die. Now I can appreciate how easy we had it years ago compared to the rapid growing drug problem of today's world. I am a 72yr old grandmother witnessing my grandchildren fall into this trap. Our society can't afford the price of defeat for we all are addicts or come from families with addiction. I certainly would recommend this book to all parents and grandparents making them aware that we don't own our children they are on loan to us. We owe it to our children to learn all we can and in turn pass it to our children at a very young age before it's too late.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lane on February 24, 2014
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Excellent read. A must have book for all to be able to gain an appreciation for what the disease of addiction and recovery is all about.
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