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Recover to Live: Kick Any Habit, Manage Any Addiction: Your Self-Treatment Guide to Alcohol, Drugs, Eating Disorders, Gambling, Hoarding, Smoking, Sex, and Porn

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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,
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published December 18th 2012 by BenBella Books
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Billie Pritchett
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Christopher Kennedy Lawford's Recover to Live focuses on different ways to fight and manage different addictions including alcohol, drugs, bulimia and anorexia and the like, gambling, hoarding, cigarette and nictone, and sex addictions. The book read like a series of quotes from medical experts loosely stitched together with some occasional citations from medical journals supporting the recommended treatment. This is to say not only was the structure of the book a little too transparent, it also ...more
Kate
Jul 28, 2013 added it
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If you can pay experts to write for you and you're related to a lot of famous people, you can probably produce a compendium of info with a personal anecdote or 12 and sell it as a book. Parts of it were probably worth reading. But I wasn't motivated to stick around and find out. Thanks anyway.
Grady
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Habits, Dependencies, Addiction: Recovery

Early on in the probing and almost self-effacing introduction to this book Christopher Kennedy Lawford offers such thoughts as the following: `Although this book begins with the experience of dealing with dependency, it becomes a self-help guide for a wide range of human behaviors, from eating and sex to managing money and smoking cigarettes. It builds on the foundation of the 12-Step fellowships to guide you to solutions to the many distortions in human
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Diana Nagy
This is my second 10 star out of a 5 rating this month that I read. Its such a great book for anyone....whether you're addicted to drugs, alcohol, eating disorders, gambling, hoarding, smoking, porn, sex or many other addictions that aren't discussed. It's amazing how we can become addicted to certain things and avoid the realization of that addiction, simply because we don't want to deal with it. Today there are actual several really good options for helping you kick any bad habits and manage ...more
Omar Manejwala
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lawford's latest book stands as one of the best mass market books on addiction and recovery to come out in the last few years. Several features make this a strong read.

For starters, he makes it a point to bring in a variety of top experts in the field such as Tom McLellan (former director of the ONDCP and a very respected authority), Dr. Andrea Barthwell, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Dr. Howard Shafer, Dr. Nora Volkow (director of NIDA), Dr. Bob DuPont (first director of NIDA) among many, many others. He
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Brandy
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am really glad that I am reading this book. Both my husband and I have addicts in our family tree, and have lost loved ones to addiction. In my ignorance, I have in the past tried to "help" these loved ones. But I had done very little reading on the subject. I have recently tried to begin educating myself on the topic, and this book is the most helpful one so far. First off, it covers the mechanism of addiction and thus can help you understand any addiction- drugs, alcohol, gambling, smoking, ...more
Christina Castro
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book helped me reach a 30-day mark completely smoke free, so of course I recommend it to anyone dealing with addiction! I read the sections on smoking, nicotine, general drug abuse, recovery and self treatment. Each section offers commentary from noted professionals in the study of drug abuse, compulsive behaviors and therapies. This book helped me understand the science of addiction, and introduced me to resources I can use to make sure I remain smoke free for the rest of my life.
Brandon Carlson
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
When I saw this book being discussed on the Today show I thought it sounded interesting. After reading it though, I found it to be overly long and a bit repetitive. The most interesting points to me were the statistics on the various types of addictions (Drug, Tobacco, Alcohol, etc.) and the relationships between addictions.
Elizabeth
The bottom line of the book is that science has discovered that the brain has neuroplasticity, which means new pathways can be forged with new behaviors - but it's not easy to do. Lawford recommends a multi-pronged approach to recovery and that seems like the most likely thing to work. It worked for Robert Downey Jr.!
Nathan
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I like the scientific approach, and it's good that you get the viewpoints of a recovering addict and numerous experts. Very helpful book. Though it is introductory and general, it has many recommendations for what steps you can take after you read it. I recommend it to anyone dealing with addiction, whether it's yourself or a loved one or even if you're a professional.
Teererai Marange
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
A brief introduction to the various approaches towards tackling an addiction. What I disliked is that it gave a very superficial high level introduction to the various interventions available for addictions. It certainly wont make you kick your habit but it will give you a start.
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