In his most rewarding role to date, Christopher Kennedy Lawford is an advocate for critical mental health issues facing our society today. His passion and commitment to the issues of substance abuse, hepatitis C and mental health have reinvigorated the debate around these vital national concerns.
Born into political and movie royalty, Lawford successfully navigated these two worlds as an actor, author, and advocate. However, before his successes, Lawford battled a drug and alcohol addiction for much of his young life. Sober for more than 22 years, he shares his personal story with others in hopes of making a difference. Diagnosed and successfully treated for Hepatitis C, he has assumed a new role in helping to educate America about the silent viral infection of the liver that affects an estimated four million Americans.
As the author of the New York Times bestseller, Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption, Lawford illuminates his extraordinary life and the tragedies he has faced -- offering a cohesive message of survival, hope, and inspiration. His experiences are powerful and his search for the truth courageous. He manages to blend his unique background and experience, offering up a rare and provocative view of his life and the worlds around him.
Lawford has worked extensively in politics, government and the non-profit sector, as well as spending twenty years in the film and television business as an actor, lawyer, executive, and producer.
Currently, he holds positions as a Public Policy Consultant for Caron Treatment Centers, a National Spokesperson for a Hepatitis C public awareness campaign and most recently was appointed to the California Public Health Advisory Committee. He spends his time writing, acting and speaking around the world on health issues.
Lawford will release his second book, Moments of Clarity, in January 2009, a book of spiritual epiphanies enabling those who had them to move from addiction to recovery. In May of 2009 Harper Collins released his third book Healing Hepatitis C, a valuable sourcebook in the form of a conversation between a patient and doctor on the epidemics front lines.
Lawford was born on March 29, 1955 in Santa Monica, California. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University, a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School and a Masters Certification in Clinical Psychology from Harvard Medical School, where he gained an academic appointment as a Lecturer on Psychiatry.