Pasadena Recovery Center in Pasadena, Calif., recently hosted Christopher Kennedy Lawford for a signing of his latest book, “Recover to Live.”
Among those in attendance were Dr. Drew (David Drew Pinsky), whose VH1 shows “Rehab with Dr. Drew,” “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,” and “Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew,” have been regularly filmed at the treatment center.
“To see a Kennedy come out and talk about his journey, it really is something special for us and for people in all phases of recovery,” said Michael Bloom, CEO and founder of the center with his late father, psychiatrist Dr. Lee Bloom, and his sister, Alison Triessl.
Born in Santa Monica, Calif., Lawford is the oldest child of actor Peter Lawford and Patricia “Pat” Kennedy, and a nephew of John F. Kennedy. He battled drug and alcohol addictions for much of his early life and has been in recovery for more than 24 years.
In 2005, Lawford released his first book, the New York Times best-selling, “Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption.” In 2009, he released, “Moments of Clarity: Voices from the Front Lines of Addiction and Recovery,” a series of essays by public figures, athletes and entertainers who have struggled with addiction and found spiritually based recovery.
His stop at Pasadena was part of a book tour promoting his 2013 release, “Recover To Live,” in which he drives home the message that change is attainable for everyone who embraces the path to recovery.
Pasadena Recovery center was founded in 2000 and is dedicated to a 12-step based treatment program and providing compassionate and comprehensive care to people suffering from chemical dependency, Bloom said.