On October 24, 2013, the bestselling author, Christopher Kennedy Lawford shared insights about his life in recovery, and lead a lively conversation focusing on reducing stigmas about addiction, and supporting recovery. He also shared his thoughts about parenting, and the challenge to find a balance between support and boundaries.
Mr. Lawford spent 20 years in the film and television industries as an actor, lawyer, executive and producer. He is the author of three New York Times bestselling books: Symptoms of Withdrawal (2005), Moments of Clarity (2009) and Recover to Live (2012).
In recovery for more than 26 years from drug addiction, Lawford campaigns tirelessly on behalf of the recovery community. 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. In 2011, Lawford was named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime to promote activities supporting drug treatment, care and recovery.
After his powerful presentation, Mr. Lawford took questions from the audience. Later, he signed copies of his book, Recover to Live, and chatted with guests for some time.
Mr. Lawford’s appearance was made possible through the generosity of Caron Treatment Centers, a nationally recognized non-profit provider of alcohol and drug addiction treatment. With over 55 years in the field, Caron is one of the oldest and largest organizations offering primary, relapse and longer-term residential treatment for adolescents, young adults, adults and older adults, as well as families affected by the disease of addiction. For more information, visit www.Caron.org.
Kim's Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS) credential was created for adults who have been directly impacted by another person's substance use disorder. The CFRS shares their lived experience with other families to provide recovery support services. A CFRS is trained to help families move into and through the recovery process.
With more than 25 years of experience in graphics and marketing, Kim had a freelance graphic design business and was the Marketing Coordinator of the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation after several years as a member of their Board of Directors. Today she is happy to put all that creative energy into spreading the word about Be a Part of the Conversation.
Kim earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism at West Virginia University, with a concentration in public relations. She was proud to serve as WVU's student body president. Kim started out as an advertising account executive at a newspaper, then learned the graphic design trade while working with her mentor and friend, Chuck Moran, at his design firm in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Kim currently lives in Newtown Square, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. She previously lived in Horsham Township for 22 years, where she and Michael raised two wonderful children who support this amazing journey she has embarked upon.