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


7 Responses to “About”

  1. Just took your book, “Symptoms of Withdrawl” out of the library for a second look. This book has helped me in my personal journey through the amazing world of bi-polar disorder. Having been diagnosed in 2006, I was looknig for an author who could walk the walk and talk the talk about recovery. In your book one finds that specific guidance. Your admissions regarding your stumbles along the way keep your writings believable and honest.

    There is no easy way in recovery. And to think that your uncle was our beloved President Kennedy further drives home the point that no one is immune to such struggles as drug and alcohol addiction and mental illness. Through your writings you have opened up new doors to choices and opportunities that were previously not thought about. Somewhere along the line you took your family value of “to whom much is given; much is expected” and worked with that to create successfull inroads into wellness and recovery. You have inspired us all with your candor and, yes, vigor!!

    Please know that you made a huge difference in my life from your writings and gave me the courage to face and conquer my own demons through therapy and volunteer efforts. And you have been terrific on “All My Children”!

    Best regards and may you and your family have many blessings..

    Kathleen Papaleo
    Pittsburgh, PA

  2. My sympathy on the death of your Uncle Ted. Your family is a role model for all families. His death brought back memories of my own fathers death 19 years ago. My love for him mirrors the love you all had for Teddy. Thank you for sharing your lives with us. You will always be in my prayers.

  3. There’s an awfully nice mention of you and your work re: the recently finished 53rd annual CND on Allan Clear’s HuffPo blog: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/allan-clear/reforming-drug-treatment_b_502620.html

  4. am really enjoying your blog – just wondered if i could sign up through rss – can’t find on the site, and when i sign up through email – just get a blank page?

  5. There is an RSS link now available at the top right of the blog.

  6. job done – many thanks

  7. So what! I am a addiction specialists!! So what! We all have stories to tell, the only difference is class. You are born in this world with no clothes you die in this world with no clothes. The experiences you create in the middle is the key. Survival! I will say you have made it so far!! You must have done many hurtful things like me and others when drunk or high but you survived and so have I. Be mindful and aware of the beauty, “One Moment at a Time” Tick, Tick, Tock!! Have a spectacular day!!!! My motto: “Act as though it is impossible to fail” Unknown

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