Voices From The Front Lines Of Addiction And Recovery
On Sale: January 1, 2009
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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.
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