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“Christopher Lawford's Recover to Live is not only a personally revealing bible of hope and an encyclopedia for those struggling with addictions and their families, friends, and colleagues, it is a robust anthem to inspire the recovery community to come together to make our nation and this world a better place for all of us.”
—Joseph A. Califano, Jr.
Founder, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University
Former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare
“This is an important book by a genuine and insightful man. He is articulate on his subject and clearly researched it to within an inch of his life. If you don’t read it you should buy it and hit yourself on the head with it.”
“Christopher Kennedy Lawford’s new book Recover to Live will be a force with the power to educate as well as motivate transformational personal change. Recover to Live may alter the way broader society looks at the disease of addiction and those who are suffering from it.”
—Drew Pinsky, M.D.
Host, Dr. Drew
“There's great wisdom, insight, and knowledge in this book. Recover to Live will help ease the suffering of addicts and their families. It will help repair broken lives and save some.”
New York Times Bestselling Author, Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction
“Too bad they didn't have books like Recover to Live around when I started my knucklehead years. I might've figured it out earlier and saved myself and those who loved me a bunch of pain.”
“Personal, documented and relevant is Christopher Lawford’s strong and clear message on the seven toxic compulsions that devastate many lives throughout the world. His new book, Recover to Live, addresses the serious matter of dependency. It’s a great book for your medicine cabinet.”
Former Florida Governor
Former Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy
“The best way to read Christopher Lawford’s Recover to Live is with a highlighter. Chris’s book is filled with such clinical history. Best of all, this book offers hope. Chris Lawford knows about recovery because he’s living it.”
Author, Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero
Anchor, MSNBC’s Hardball
“Addiction has many faces, and Chris Lawford unmasks the variety of ways addiction is our number one public health problem.”
—Patrick Carnes, Ph.D., C.A.S.
Author, Out of the Shadows
“Recover to Live will give you the best information available about the illness of addiction.”
Emmy Award-Winning Actor and Activist
“Christopher Lawford’s Recover to Live gives hope to those who are seeking answers and effective strategies to overcome this life-threatening disease.”
—Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.)
“Recover to Live is a lifeline for anyone drowning in addiction. There is hope and a better life is possible.”
Host, CNBC’s The Kudlow Report
"A clear and simple starting point from which to gain real and lasting help."
—Patrick J. Kennedy
U.S. Rep. (D., R.I.), 1995-2011
and Jim Ramstad
U.S. Rep. (R., Minn.), 1991-2009
“Leave it to Christopher Kennedy Lawford to turn over the addiction rock to find a diamond, recovery. Recovery is a whole lot more than abstinence from addictive behavior; it is a new and less self-centered life that rises from the suffering of addiction.
Here you will find a road map to recovery.”
—Robert L. DuPont, M.D.
Author, The Selfish Brain: Learning from Addiction
First Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse
President, Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc.
"Addiction is one of America’s dirtiest little secrets, an epidemic running amok not only among adults but also among our children. Recover to Live provides a helping hand to anyone whose life or loved one has been hurt by it."
New York Times Bestselling Author, The Age of Miracles
Founder, The Peace Alliance
"Recover to Live has a clear and powerful message: Anyone can step out of the shadows of addiction and have a better life."
Bestselling Author, Success Principles
Co-Creator, Chicken Soup for the Soul Book Series
"Simply the best book on addiction I have ever read."
Host, Fox Sports Radio
Former Television Host, The Insider
“Chris has done it again! His work has made it possible for those of us with an addiction of any kind to see the possibility of having an outstanding life. His work is worthy of a Nobel Prize.”
—Louis Gossett, Jr.
Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning Actor
“Lawford offers eminently sensible and practical advice—and seven different, well-tested coping methods to choose from. The compelling writing style, the veracity of personal experience, and the practical coping choices make this an excellent book for those who are struggling with substance abuse and for those who struggle with them.”
—A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D.
CEO, Treatment Research Institute—Philadelphia, PA
Former Deputy Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
“Recover to Live provides the most up to date information available on addiction, treatment, and recovery today; the tools and strategies are proven to work, easy to understand and to apply.”
—Evgeny M. Krupitsky, M.D., Ph.D., D.Med.Sci., Prof.
Chief, Laboratory of Clinical Psychopharmacology of Addictions, St. Petersburg State Pavlov Medical University
Chief, Department of Addictions, Bekhterev Research Psychoneurological Institute
"This book reflects the most current science showing that addiction is a singular disorder with many and varied expressions. Recover to Live is a must read for anyone interested in changing behavior."
—Howard J. Shaffer, Ph.D., C.A.S.
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Director, Division on Addiction, The Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School Teaching Affiliate
“ALL you need to know to overcome the grip of any addiction and find recovery
—William C. Moyers
“Our country is on the verge of an awakening. Activists like Christopher Lawford are pushing the message to the forefront of our collective consciousness in regards to the disease of chemical dependence and life after recovery. A must read to understand this country’s epidemic disease.”
—Robert L. Shapiro
Attorney and Chairman, The Brent Shapiro Foundation For Alcohol and Drug Awareness
“Mr. Lawford has cleverly covered every aspect of recovery possible. He does this with great respect to the addict, as so many books do not. Recover to Live
will help save countless lives.”
Actress and Author, Guts
“In Recover to Live, you’ll find out how and why they decided to get help, the many options there are to get well, and the choices you can make to live a new life.”
Executive Director, Faces & Voices of Recovery
“Rarely does such a book cover a full range of problem behaviors and offers proven ways to address them.”
—Alexandre Laudet, Ph.D.
Director, Center for the Study of Addictions and Recovery, National Development and Research Institutes, Inc.
“Recover to Live offers a holistic approach to recovery
An approach to recovery of this kind is long overdue and I highly recommend this book to people in recovery, their families, and professionals in the field.”
—Kitty S. Harris, Ph.D., L.M.F.T., L.C.D.C.
Director, Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery, Texas Tech University
Author, Women & Recovery: Finding Hope
“Recover to Live challenges us to be radically open-minded about the ubiquity of addictions and compulsions in our lives.
Solutions are found in collaboration, and Lawford has elicited remarkable cooperation from a broad range of addiction treatment professionals.”
—Jeffrey D. Roth, M.D., F.A.S.A.M., A.G.P.A.
Addiction Psychiatrist, Author, and Medical Director, Working Sobriety Chicago
Editor, Journal of Groups in Addiction Recovery
“Clear and comprehensive overview of the addictions and how to get free and healthy from them. Highly recommended!”
—Charles Whitfield, M.D., F.A.S.A.M.
Author, Not Crazy: You May Not Be Mentally Ill and Core Issues in Relationships, Recovery and Living