Moments of Clarity: Voices from the Front Lines of Addiction and Recovery

Moments of Clarity: Voices from the Front Lines of Addiction and Recovery

by Christopher Kennedy Lawford
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Moments of Clarity: Voices from the Front Lines of Addiction and Recovery by Christopher Kennedy Lawford

Christopher Kennedy Lawford’s New York Times  bestselling memoir, Symptoms of Withdrawal, offered readers a startling, first-hand look at his own addictions to drugs and alcohol, prompting People magazine to write, “Few have written so well about the joy of drugs, and few are as unsparing about their drug-driven selfishness.” In his bestselling follow-up, Moments of Clarity, Lawford presents “Voices from the Front Lines of Addiction and Recovery.” With contributions from Tom Arnold, Alec Baldwin, Meredith Baxter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Richard Dreyfuss, Anthony Hopkins and many others, Moments of Clarity is an important addition to the literature of recovery.

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ISBN-13: 9780061977756
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/06/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 410,588
File size: 761 KB

About the Author

Christopher Kennedy Lawford is the New York Times bestselling author of Symptoms of Withdrawal. He has worked extensively in Hollywood as an actor, lawyer, executive, and producer. He has three children and lives in Marina Del Rey, California.

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Moments of Clarity 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
¿You don¿t understand, no one understands¿ an addict¿s mantra, which until Moments of Clarity, was very true.

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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are wondering what to give a special friend or family member in recovery. This book makes the perfect gift.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonerful read, not only for someone in recorevy,but for anyone. It covers many different types of addiction, and the ways the writers cope form day to day.
TOODLES More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. It is so moving. Sometimes it brought me to tears when it hit home. Thank you Christopher.
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TammyWI More than 1 year ago
I would highly recommend this book. I really enjoyed reading this. It put a lot of things into perspective and I also related to a lot of things to. I have dealt with a lot of these issues in my family. It is nice to read about all different type of situations, it gives you hope when you think there isn't any, you never know, some of these people in these stories didn't even plan on recovering for some reason they just fell into it and stayed in recovery. I just think it is great when people get together and do something like this and share such a personal part of them. To them they might not think their story makes a difference, but you never know who you reach or connect with. So it is always such a blessing when I see people reach out like this. Thanks so much to Christopher for doing a novel like this, I think I could read this book over and over again. Thanks for reaching out to people like me who always need hope and thinking that maybe something will click with our loved ones to get in recovery. It is stories like these that can still give us hope and to keep praying no matter what. You never know what might happen.
JanetCDiCicco More than 1 year ago
Extremely honest, revealing, and personal stories of struggles with and recoveries from addiction. Each story is so unique and yet the common thread is so obvious to the reader. Anyone who has had experience with addiction, their own or that of a loved one, will appreciate this book. I was moved to tears numerous times.
MoniqueM More than 1 year ago
MOMENTS of CLARITY is one of the most powerful compendiums I have ever had the privilege of reading. And, I say that because I truly feel Chris Lawford's most recent work is a generous gift of its contributors sharing experiential knowledge, humility and honesty meant to help each and every reader.
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 the willingness is the thread that ties 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.
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Laugh out loud funny in parts, heart wrenching in others, joyous throughout. Shows the resilience of the human spirit and the importance of the 12th Step of A.A.--carrying the message. This book should be on the list of required reading for human services major.
JCOK More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! So much hope fills the pages as well as insight into the disease of addiction. This is not a book on how to get a loved one sober, it is a book that offers insight into how each person interviewed found the desire to get sober.
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"Loved BOTH your books - could not put either down and cannot thank you enough for your honesty and compassion. You rock!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The stories jump out. MOMENTS OF CLARITY is inspiring to anyone who wants to be a better person. You don't have to be addicted to a substance to find bits of your own life in this book. Mr. Lawford is a fantastic person who not only turned his own life around because of his moment of clarity, but then went on and created an inspiring, elevated resource for everyone. In my opinion, if you feel down about yourself, pick up this book and lift your own spirits.
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A magazine article, similar in subject matter, prompted me to read this. I wanted to see the "corollary of discovery¿ shared by other cases. While dissimilar in many facets, I find the common ground in a tenet of Chris Mecham's (case expose) boyhood religious orientation: human progress is perpetual and eternal.

Aside from occasional lingual degradation, well spoken Mr. Lawford.
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While I respect the author for his attempt at seeking understanding, I found the book to be self serving and a play on the Kennedy name in order to sell a book. There are many more books that were more sincere and much more "relatable". The celebrity alcoholic is a self indulgent individual that had to learn his lesson the hard way. Others of us are ordinary men and women trying to make an honest living, working our butts off in respectable upper management jobs....while hiding our dirty little secret instead of throwing it in society's face. Don't waste your money.