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Moments of Clarity: Voices from the Front Lines of Addiction and Recovery

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  232 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Christopher Kennedy Lawford’s New York Times  bestselling memoir, Symptoms of Withdrawal, offered readers a startling, first-hand look at his own addictions to drugs and alcohol, prompting People magazine to write, “Few have written so well about the joy of drugs, and few are as unsparing about their drug-driven selfishness.” In his bestselling follow-up, Moments of Clarit ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by William Morrow (first published 2008)
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Feb 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up in Barns & Noble yesterday and I couldn't put it down. This book covered so much more than addiction and recovery for me. It covered relationships with God and spirituality. I could connect with these people and understand how they felt. Regardless of their accomplishments and awards, there was still an emptiness that wasn't dealt with until they entered recovery. Another thing that struck me was how they came to realize that they were not victims although all of them h ...more
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
This book deserves 10 stars. It changed my life.
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book arrived as a donation to my LFL---I began reading the Introduction and had to finish it. Very enlightening. I feel my addiction to sugar and spending has much in common with the drug and alcohol addictions. Most readers will recognize many of the people whose struggles are shared.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Great recovery book. A collection of stories to inspire, especially from some public people I didn't expect. Just personal stories - no advice or preaching, and often very funny in between the insightful.
Blaine Morrow
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lawford enlisted several prominent actors, musicians, and politicians - along with some outstanding recovery servants - to tell their stories and share how they became sober. The stories are far more similar than different: each person had to surrender, admit defeat, and submit to a higher power.
Derek Wallen
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is such a great book - enjoyable, informative, inspiring. An essential work for anyone wants to understand the hell of addition and the miracle of recovery.
Isa Tepedino
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Whether or not addiction is a problem in your life, this book provides great insight into the addict's mind.
Patrick A. Cosentino
Overcoming addiction

I was really encouraged by the honesty of the participants. More needs to be known about those who succeed in defeating addiction.
Alysa Holloway
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Pretty powerful stuff
Megan Fitzgerald
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great collection of addiction and recovery stories - always a pleasure to read.
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recovery, memoir
I attended a fund raising event having been told that it would be a terrific night with an amazing speaker. I was late and missed hearing the introduction of the night's speaker. His handsome face as an actor was unknown to me but I was immediately engrossed by his voice. The audience went silent and with an eloquent delivery he spoke of family anecdotes and addictions. I was completely charmed by the man whose family members I soon recognized as those from an earlier "Camelot" presidency. Mr. L ...more
Jan 26, 2014 rated it liked it
This was an interesting read. Although the vast majority of people interviewed had primarily alcohol problems and were from a very small slice of humanity (the rich and famous), the book offers an invaluable window into some common issues that may occur on the path from addiction to long-term recovery. My impression is that the book presents a fairly one-sided (i.e., 12-step approach) approach to treatment, an approach that has been repeatedly demonstrated to be one of the more successful in tre ...more
Carolyn Alfieri
May 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Ok, I get it. We in recovery all have a story to tell. Although I can "identify" with Jamie Lee Curtis's addiction to Vicodin, I found the rest of the book very dry (if you will pardon the pun). Half of the people that shared their stories, I didn't even know and those that I did, I found it difficult to read through. Maybe it's because I don't have a house in Malibu and never won an Oscar, but I find I enjoy "war stories" from us "little people" : people who had everything and lost it all and a ...more
Colleen Wainwright
A collection of interviews with self-identified alcoholics and addicts (plus one man who doesn't identify as either, but who recognized he didn't want to add to his considerable troubles by drinking), each sharing the moment s/he knew it was time to quit. I'm always struck by the honesty of those in the recovery community, and these stories are no exception. They're told simply and undramatically; collectively, they shed light on the cunning, baffling, and powerful family disease of alcoholism, ...more
Feb 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
I learned from this book that there are common threads for those that were interviewed in Christopher Lawford's book. That they are to be admired and respected for their strength. That it is a will to be alive that sometimes miraculously takes hold of their devestating existance. Through their hardships, they learn so much about themselves, and it appears that most, in order to stay in recover need to give back what they have learned in their journey. Though, they help others, they understand th ...more
Lane Willson
Oct 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: recovery, non-fiction
Moments of clarity is a compilation of recovery stories representing a broad range of folks. However, on the whole I found it a bit disappointing. Many of the stories caused me to question the sobriety of their creators, and others brought the standard southern declaration of failure “bless their heart”. That being said, there were a few that were quite inspiring. For these stories the moments of clarity were profound and universal. I especially liked Jamie Curtis, Earl Hightower, Thomas “Hollyw ...more
julie Warmington
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I heard an interview with Christopher on the radio and discovered he is the UN Ambassdor for drug recovery. He had a lot of very interesting things to say about people who are facing this illness, I was impressed enough to get this book out of the library. Amazing stories of courage and determination. Worth a read. If you knew nothing about the battle addicts face this book is a good starting point.
Apr 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Moments of Clarity is a collection of essays/interviews with drug addicts and alcoholics (mostly famous ones) talking about their "moments of clarity"--the moments they knew they needed to stop using. I found it to be really insightful and interesting and inspiring, even though i've never had a drug problem.
Michael Kramer
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very interesting series of short first person stories from people who have overcome addictions. Each recounts their "moment of clarity", when they realized they needed help and started on the road to recovery.
Feb 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A compilation of recovery stories based on interviews Lawford had with those willing to public concerning their many addictions. Much wisdom and gut level honesty is found here, along with generous helpings of hope and gratitude.
May 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Very inspirational stories for anyone who has confronted addiction and although the famous folks (many of whom I'd never heard of) are clearly living soberly through the AA-model and God is evoked throughout, it is accessible to anyone regardless of their belief system.
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice read and uplifting to those going through recovery. Always nice to know that the celebrities that are idolized by our society are nothing more than humans making the same mistakes and facing the same struggles the rest of us go through.
Debby Sketchley
Feb 22, 2009 rated it liked it
An important commentary o recovery. Entertaining and touching
Sep 12, 2013 added it
This is a very good book. Recovering addicts sharing their moments of clarity.
Chella Gehrett
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very interesting to read others struggles with addiction. Reinforces the adage that it hits all economic levels.
Aug 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars, i-own-this
Being a recovered addict/alcoholic: I found the stories told by these "Famous" people to be reminders that addiction doesn't discriminate.
Carrie F.
May 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
As part of the recovery community, I'm glad Lawford stuck to the 12 Step Program tradition of not revealing identity. Why does Lawford need to use "Kennedy" in his name?
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