In his 2005 New York Times bestselling memoir, Symptoms of Withdrawal, Lawford chronicled his deep descent into near-fatal drug and alcohol addiction and his subsequent hard-won journey back to sobriety, which he has maintained for the past twenty years with the hopes of making a difference.

The overwhelming response received to his book impressed upon Lawford the number of people struggling to find their own way back from addiction and the need to share their stories which lead to the development of Moments of Clarity. Due to hit shelves in January 2009, the book illuminates the spiritual epiphanies that occur in 44 peoples lives enabling them to move from addiction to recovery.

Mr. Lawford has two additional books in the works, Healing Hepatitis C and a novel focusing on the relationship between men and women.


6 Responses to “Author”

  1. Dear Mr. Lawford – My name is Mary Krulikowski and my husband (Stan) of nearly 25 years committed suicide in May 2007. I just read an article in our newspaper about your book and wanted to say THANK YOU for helping to bring the deep, dark secret of addiction out into the light!! I have been shocked and deeply saddened by the shame and stigma that a suicide brings upon the survivors. That weight has been most difficult for me to bear – almost as heavy as the grief from the loss of my wonderful, Godly husband… However, my raw pain was quickly overcome by outrage, which prompted me to write a book called: Suicide – When Love’s Not Enough. I did this to give people information about clinical depression and suicide that I did not have prior to Stan’s death – information that might have saved his life! So, I just wanted to encourage you to KEEP TALKING ABOUT IT because the only way I know to defeat the “demons” is to make it safe in our society for people to admit they have a problem (addiction, mental illness, etc.), without fear of what people will think or do as a result, and consequently get the help they desperately need in order to truly begin to LIVE!! Thanks, again, and I hope you’re having a blessed day! – Very Sincerely, Mary Krulikowski

  2. Mary, you said it perfectly. Amen to that!

  3. I would like to meet you. Are you doing any events in S. CA? I live in San Diego. Please advise.
    Thank you kindly,

  4. Mr Lawford,
    I was lucky enough to see you share your story at the Hazelden 60th anniversary benefit. Honest, to the point, and unpretentious. I actually knew your cousin Tony pretty well back in the day. I am transplant from in Minneapolis. 5 months at Hazelden and then I stayed in MN.
    Keep on speaking and trying to evoke change. Follow your cousin Teddy with his Healthcare reform.
    Grateful recovering alcoholic,

  5. I am a musician and lived with a musician who was a heroin addict. He ultimately overdosed. I have found that there is direct relationship between addiction and the feeling of powerlessness in people’s lives. I would be interested in your next book if it talks about that.

  6. Dear Mr. Lawford,

    Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Having suicide & drug addiction in our family & no place to talk about it, is truly painful in itself. I do feel society is very judgmental, which is counter productive for everyone, although, it is is most families & circles. I believe a safe place to talk, is crucial, necessary & imperative for prevention & healing.

    Hazelden-Palm Beach is a wonderful facility as well.

    Kindest Regards, T. Hamilton

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