Recover to Live (Hardcover)

Kick Any Habit, Manage Any Addiction: Your Self-Treatment Guide to Alcohol, Drugs, Eating Disorders, Gambling, Hoardin

By Christopher Kennedy Lawford

Benbella Books, 9781936661961, 352pp.

Publication Date: December 18, 2012

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (1/7/2014)
Paperback, Spanish (11/30/2015)
MP3 CD (5/3/2016)

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From Symptoms of Withdrawal and Moments of Clarity Christopher Kennedy Lawford comes a New York Times bestselling 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, the New York Times bestselling 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 today--alcohol 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.

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.

Praise For Recover to Live: Kick Any Habit, Manage Any Addiction: Your Self-Treatment Guide to Alcohol, Drugs, Eating Disorders, Gambling, Hoardin

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.”
David Sheff
New York Times Bestselling Author, Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction

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

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.

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.”
Patricia Taylor
Executive Director, Faces & Voices of Recovery

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

Lawford offers eminently sensible and practical adviceand 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 InstitutePhiladelphia, 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

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 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

"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

"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."
Marianne Williamson
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."
Jack Canfield
Bestselling Author, Success Principles
Co-Creator, Chicken Soup for the Soul Book Series

"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

"Simply the best book on addiction I have ever read."
Pat O’Brien
Host, Fox Sports Radio
Former Television Host, The Insider

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

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.”
Russell Brand, Actor/Comedian

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.)

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.”
Kristen Johnston
Actress and Author, Guts

ALL you need to know to overcome the grip of any addiction and find recovery ”
William C. Moyers
Author, Broken

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

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

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.”
Bob Martinez
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.”
Chris Matthews
Author, Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero
Anchor, MSNBC’s Hardball

Recover to Live will give you the best information available about the illness of addiction.”
Martin Sheen
Emmy Award-Winning Actor and Activist