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ChrisLawford

ChrisLawford

Christopher Kennedy Lawford, actor, writer, lawyer, activist and public speaker, is the son of iconic Peter Lawford and Patricia Kennedy -- along with the most famous Uncles one could possibly have: Pres. John F. Kennedy, Sen. Robert Kennedy and Sen. Ted Kennedy.

He wrote the New York Times bestselling memoir, "Symptoms of Withdrawal" chronicling his deep descent into near-fatal drug and alcohol addiction, and his subsequent hard-won journey back to sobriety, which he has maintained for the past 26 years.

Mr. Lawford wrote "Moments of Clarity: Voices From the Front Lines of Addiction and Recovery" and his newest book, "Recover to Live: Kick Any Habit, Manage Any Addiction".

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In "What Addicts Know," Christopher Kennedy Lawford revisits the topic of addiction and provides an eye-opening explanation as to how our culture has become dependent on the instant gratification of gambling, drugs, alcohol, technology, and material possessions. Here's an excerpt.

The “Gifts” of Addiction

'What Addicts Know'
BenBella

I've dealt with a wide variety of individuals afflicted with the disease of addiction, and in my estimation they are the most interesting, fascinating, and gifted people I've come across. They are also the most challenging; addicts are deviously manipulative and self-absorbed. Their illness causes suffering and pain for themselves, their loved ones, and the rest of society. Yet from their struggle comes an opportunity for all.

Recovery is about exposing and healing the darker sides of being human. And honing the skills necessary for sustained recovery from addiction reveals a life-enhancing recipe that can benefit everyone. From the darkness come exquisite, profound gifts.

People who get punched in the face by the 800-pound gorilla of addiction for decades and who live to tell about it are remarkable human beings on many levels. They are not just survivors, they are teachers. And it’s time we all pay closer attention to what they have to teach us about human well-being.

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More than those who hate you, more than all your enemies, an undisciplined mind does greater harm.~ Buddha from The Dhammapada

If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.~ Andrew Carnegie

 

          You could say this chapter is about the eighth toxic compulsion---co-dependency, otherwise known as being ‘stuck’---because the family system you grew up in is altered and dramatically affected by the addictive behaviors of any one of its members. If you don’t address this collective corrosion you may not be able to use the self-care tools in this book very effectively, or stay in recovery very long.

            It was the founder of Alcoholic’s Anonymous, Bill Wilson, who once said: “you sober up a horse thief, you’ve got a sober horse thief.” By the same token, even if you clean up a person with a dependency of any of these toxic compulsions, there is probably still a co-dependent somebody in that person’s life who is stuck in a system of behaviors that can undermine recovery.

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