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Addiction: Let The Celebration Begin

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Addiction: Let The Celebration Begin

by Jonathan Lederman- Media Director- The Addict’s Mom

Instead of champagne bottles popping and making it rain the celebration of recovery will be marked with a small glass of iced tea and a cupcake in a quiet setting for family and friends, said one mother as she was explaining how she would celebrate National Recovery Month in September. Another mother stated “As founder of The Addict’s Mom I will be chosing someone in recovery to honor each day as The Person of The Day at www.addictsmom.com as well as accepting a proclamation from the Town Of Davie. FL proclaiming September as National Recovery Month.

Addiction: People To Celebrate

    Ray Lucas is a former NFL Football Player who has been very open about his addiction to pain killers. Today though riddled with pain he refuses to use pain killers as he is worried about a relapse.

Famous Hollywood actor and American Icon Burt Reynolds was admitted to the Hanley Center in Florida last month after a traumatic fall at his home in Hobe Sound. He was found by the house assistant lying in a pool of his own blood and was quickly transported to the hospital in West Palm Beach. Reynolds later confessed that the fall had been cause by continuous usage of prescription opiates which had caused him to lose balance and fall, causing a large gash. Upon admission, doctors became concerned about his mental state and he was sent to the county mental health facility in West Palm Beach. Supposedly, the facility refused to release him unless he agreed to go immediately into a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program. He has since completed the 30 day program and will be going public with his story.

Lawford-628Christopher Kennedy Lawford has spent much of his life in Hollywood and Washington, navigating these two worlds as an actor, writer, lawyer, activist and public speaker. However, before his successes, Lawford battled a drug and alcohol addiction for much of his early life. In recovery for more than 24 years, he shares his experience, strength and hope to make a difference in people’s lives. As a result of his drug addiction, Mr. Lawford was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 2000. He was successfully treated and is now virus free. For the past five years he has worked with a number of partners in private industry, the non-profit sector, state and federal governments and patient advocacy groups to effect change and raise awareness about these two pressing public health issues. Presently Mr. Lawford is working with the United Nations, the Canadian Center on Substance Abuse, and the World Health Organization in efforts to raise awareness globally about addiction steps and hepatitis.

Community Activism

Mr. Lawford has extensive experience in the non-profit sector working with a variety of organizations including: Caron Treatment Centers, California Hepatitis Alliance, The Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, Special Olympics, The Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, and was recently appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Public Health Advisory Committee. Mr. Lawford spends much of his time speaking globally in support of these issues. His political resume includes executive staff positions with The Democratic National Committee, The Community Action for Legal Services Agency and in the Washington office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy. He has also held staff positions on numerous national, state and local political campaigns.

On the Silver Screen

Mr. Lawford spent twenty years in the film and television business as an actor, lawyer, executive, and producer. His acting credits include roles with Anthony Hopkins in Slipstream and the World’s Fastest Indian, The Sixth Day and Terminator 3 with Arnold Schwarzenegger, 13 Days with Kevin Costner, Russia House with Sean Connery and Ben Kingsley and Oliver Stone’s The Doors. Additionally, Lawford spent three years on All My Children, and produced weekly segments for Extra and CNN focusing on political and social awareness within the entertainment community.

As an Author

As an author, Mr. Lawford has published three critically acclaimed books. In his 2005 New York Times Bestselling memoir, Symptoms of Withdrawal, Lawford illuminates his extraordinary life offering a cohesive message of survival, hope, and inspiration.

What Others Are Saying

The book received praise from critics and writers alike:

Christopher Lawford owns the most elusive of the qualities a young writer needs –he is in possession of a naturally good style…Three cheers.” – Norman Mailer

… has poignant legitimacy. – Janet Maslin, The New York Times

…a moving tale of self-discovery and redemption…a writer of talent and grace. – Publishers Weekly

In 2009, Lawford followed with, The New York Times Bestseller Moments of Clarity: Voices From the Front Lines of Addiction and Recovery and Healing Hepatitis C.

Higher Education

Mr. Lawford holds a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University, a Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School and a Masters Certification in Clinical Psychology from Cambridge City Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, where he gained an academic appointment as a Lecturer on Psychiatry at HMS.

Family Life

Mr. Lawford has four children, David, Savannah, Matthew, and Taylor and currently resides with Jodi Johnson in Los Angeles, California.

Addiction: National Recovery Month

September is Recovery Month Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.


 

Who will you be celebrating during National Recovery Month. Please share your story as a comment under this post.

 

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