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Moments of Clarity: Voices from the Front Lines of Addiction and Recovery
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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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
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.
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.
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
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
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
Nov 08, 2012 Colleen Wainwright rated it really liked it
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.