From New York Times bestselling author of Symptoms of Withdrawal and Moments of Clarity Christopher Kennedy Lawford comes a book that will save lives.
For most of his early life, Christopher Kennedy Lawford battled life-threatening drug and alcohol addictions. Now in recovery for more than 25 years, he works to effect change and raise global awareness of addiction in nonprofit, private, and government circles, serving as the goodwill ambassador for drug dependence treatment and care for the United Nations.
For the first time, Recover to Live brings together all of the most effective self-care treatments for the seven most toxic compulsions affecting every culture on the planet todayalcohol dependence, drug dependence, eating disorders, gambling, hoarding, smoking, sex, and porn.
In Recover to Live, more than 100 of the world’s top experts interviewed by Lawford share their research and wisdom on how to determine if your bad habit is becoming a dependency, what treatments will work best for you, how best to help yourself or a loved one recover from addiction, and how to lead a fulfilling and productive life in recovery.
|Publisher:||BenBella Books, Inc.|
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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.
Table of Contents
Preface A. Thomas McLellan xiii
Foreword Patrick J. Kennedy Jim Ramstad xvii
Introduction: Are We a Culture of Addicts? xxi
Part 1 Is Your Unhealthy Habit Really Dependence? 1
I Toxic Compulsion 1: Alcohol Abuse 5
II Toxic Compulsion 2: Drug Abuse 37
III Toxic Compulsion 3: Eating Disorders 87
IV Toxic Compulsion 4: Gambling Dependence 115
V Toxic Compulsion 5: Hoarding 141
VI Toxic Compulsion 6: Sex and Pornography 159
VII Toxic Compulsion 7: Nicotine Dependence (Smoking) 179
Part 2 Which Treatment Tools Work Best for You? 205
VIII I Love an Addict, How Can I Help Myself? 207
IX Dependency Starts… and Ends …in Your Brain 225
X Seven Self-Care Tools with Proven Benefits 233
Tool 1 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 235
Tool 2 12-Step Programs (and Other Groups) 240
Tool 3 Mindfulness 249
Tool 4 Meditation 253
Tool 5 Nutrition and Exercise 256
Tool 6 Body Work 263
Tool 7 Journaling 270
XI A Guide to Working 12-Step Programs 273
XII Having a Life Worth Living-the Art of Recovery 285
Appendix 1 Drug-Use Treatment and Health Facts 313
Appendix 2 A Resource Guide to Recovery 335
Appendix 3 Experts Cited in This Book 355
Excerpt From the Author's New Book, What Addicts Know 369
About the Author 381
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I bought this book to better understand the struggles both of my adult children are going through in their compulsions with drugs and alcohol. This book gave me insight to their behaviors with these issues but more importantly, the issues that may have triggered this behavior in they're early lives. The expert advice Christopher has included in each compulsion is so helpful in better understanding these issues and, the references for possible support are invaluable, it gives hope to those who want to seek out help. Even though I am powerless in helping my kids I feel more able to cope with the situation and support them when they are willing to seek out help for themselves. Thank you Christopher for giving us hope and best of wishes to you, you have inspired many.
This book seems worthwhile; it lacks the personal family story that made "Symptoms" so interesting. But Lawford is enouraging in his own worldly way. He recounts others' stories of difficulties, including those whose hoarding causes them troubles. The book doesn't contain as much expert testimony as one might think. The book could help both curious therapists and thos ewondering if they truly suffer from unfortunate addictions.