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Recover To Live, Kick Any Habit and Manage Any Addiction

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Friday, 11 January 2013. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News

Overcoming Addiction

It is the title of a Kennedy clan member's new book about addiction and recovery. Yes, even those of the political dynasty, otherwise known as Camelot, struggle with addiction and alcoholism.

His name is Christopher Kennedy Lawford and beyond being a grateful recovering addict and alcoholic, he is an actor, licensed attorney, and a publicly outspoken advocate of recovery and sobriety.

Most recently, Christopher was on the cover of the November 2012 issue of Renew magazine discussing how he has stayed sober all these years and continues be put recovery first.

As he is always looking for an opportunity to be of service in the recovery community, Christopher happens to be a member of the board of directors the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America ("CADCA"). He is also the Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

With that said, Christopher's most new book is aptly titled, "Recover to Live, Kick Any Habit and Manage Any Addiction". He is currently touring, coast to coast, to promote the new book.

In fact, Christopher was in Santa Monica this past Monday, signing copies of his new book. Checkout his website at to find out when he will be back in the LA area signing copies of his book.

Through a friend of mine I was able to secure an advanced copy of the book a few months ago. I read it and I liked.

Christopher speaks with startling clarity about the anguish of addiction. To emphasize the depth and diversity of addiction, he discussed addiction from the point of view of the teenager, mother, father, husband, wife, employer, employee, and of course the celebrity and other public figures.

By sharing the stories of others, Christopher accurately depicted the struggles and hardships that preceded their moments of clarity, not to mention the joys and success that followed.

He speaks of language we all know, as members of the clean and sober recovery community, e.g., willingness, overcoming feelings and surviving adversities, as well as living life on life's terms.

Fun Fact: Christopher just happens to be the nephew of our 35th President, none other than John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr.

With that said, it was a pleasure to learn that one of their (Kennedys) own is one of our (recovery community) own. Christopher has been sober for more than 25 years and has written a host of other books on addiction and recovery.

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About the Author

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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