Christopher Kennedy Lawford spent 20 years in the film and television industries as an actor, lawyer, executive and producer. He is the author of two New York Times best-selling books, Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption (2005) and Moments of Clarity (2009), as well as Healing Hepatitis C (2009). His latest title is Recover to Live: Kick Any Habit, Manage Any Addiction (January 2013).
In recovery for more than 30 years from drug addiction, Lawford was first diagnosed with depression 1979. Currently, he is managing symptoms of low level manic depression, which has been an underlying cause in his battle with substance abuse. Co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders been present in his family throughout the generations, and is an issue Lawford can proudly address and analyze in both the public and private sectors. He currently works with the United Nations, the Canadian Center on Substance Abuse, the White House Office on Drug Control Policy, and the World Health Organization. He also consults with Fortune 500 companies and numerous nonprofit groups, speaking around the world on issues related to addiction, mental health, and hepatitis C.
In 2009, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Kennedy Lawford to the California Public Health Advisory Committee. In 2011, he was named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime to promote activities supporting drug treatment, care, and recovery. He also serves as national advocacy consultant for Caron Treatment Centers.
Christopher Kennedy Lawford holds a BA from Tufts University, a JD from Boston College Law School, and a master's certification in clinical psychology from Harvard Medical School, where he held an academic appointment as a lecturer in psychiatry.