JFK Nephew to Speak at Texas Tech CSAR Conference

Actor, author and activist is uniquely qualified to campaign against substance abuse.

“I loved getting high… opiates were my drug of choice, but whatever changed my consciousness was my friend,” wrote Christopher Kennedy Lawford in the 2005 New York Times best-seller, “Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption.”

In recovery for more than 25 years, Lawford now campaigns on behalf of the recovery community in both the public and private sectors. He presently 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.

He will share his experiences at a conference for the Texas Tech University Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery (CSAR) today at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center. The conference is supported by The McKenzie Lectureship Series and The Bryan C. Miller Foundation. Conference registration is $50 for professionals. Students may attend free of charge.

Lawford spent 20 years in the film and television industries. A second book, “Moments of Clarity,” was a best-seller in 2009. He has also published “Healing Hepatitis C” (2009) and his newest work, “Kick Any Habit: Tips from 100 of the World’s Top Experts,” is forthcoming.

Lawford holds a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, a law degree 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.

Conference schedule:

April 5
All events at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center

  • 2-2:45 p.m. – Conference registration
  • 2:45-3 p.m. – Kitty Harris – director, CSAR
    Welcome and introduction of keynote speaker
  • 3-5 p.m. – Keynote, Christopher Kennedy Lawford
    Goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • 5-6:30 p.m. – Dinner
  • 7-8 p.m. – Celebration of recovery – CSAR

April 6
All events at the CSAR.

  • 8:30-9 a.m. – Continental breakfast
  • 9-11 a.m. – Thomas G. Kimball and Sterling Shumway, CSAR
    “Six Essentials to Achieve Lasting Recovery”
  • 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Beverly B., “A Family Perspective”
    Lunch will be served
  • 12:45-2:45 p.m. – Nicole P. Springer – director, Family Therapy Clinic
    “Pathways of Recovery: Transforming Stories from Loss to Healing”
  • 2:45-3:00 p.m. – Kitty Harris – director, CSAR

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CONTACT: Karen Garbowski, activities and operations coordinator, Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-8291 or karen.garbowski@ttu.edu.