Christopher Kennedy Lawford

Christopher Kennedy Lawford

The Global Recovery Initiative was founded and is led by Christopher Kennedy Lawford. Mr. Lawford spent 20 years in the film and television industries as an actor, lawyer, executive, and producer.  He is the author of two New York Times best-selling books, Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption (2005) and Moments of Clarity (2009).  He has also published Healing Hepatitis C (2009). His forthcoming book, Recover to Live: Kick Any Habit, Manage Any Dependency, a comprehensive guide about addiction and recovery, will be released in January.

In recovery from drug addiction for more than 26 years, Mr. Lawford campaigns tirelessly on behalf of the recovery community in both the public and private sectors.  He currently 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 non-profit groups, speaking around the world on issues related to addiction, mental health, and hepatitis C.

In 2009, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Mr. Lawford to the California Public Health Advisory Committee.  In 2011, Mr. Lawford was named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime to promote activities supporting drug treatment, care, and recovery.  He also serves as National Advocacy Consultant for Caron Treatment Centers.

Christopher Kennedy Lawford is known world-wide as a best-selling author, activist and actor.  Mr. Lawford 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 held an academic appointment as a lecturer in psychiatry. He has three children and lives in Los Angeles. Mr. Lawford brings his visibility, passion and unique expertise to GRI’s work by serving its Chief Executive Officer.