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Radio programs focus on recovery from drug abuse


Mennonite Church Canada/MennoMedia joint release
September 16, 2011
-Melodie Davis

WATERLOO, Ont. and HARRISONBURG, Va.—Shaping Families, a 15-minute weekly radio program produced by MennoMedia, ties in with America’s “National Recovery Month” in September. Interviews centre on recovery from drug abuse.

The first program, “Living in Recovery,” airs the weekend of Sept. 10 and features Christopher Kennedy Lawford, son of Pat Kennedy of the famous Kennedy clan, and actor Peter Lawford. He speaks about his addiction to drugs and ongoing recovery.

Lawford is the author of two books on the topic, Symptoms of Withdrawal, which hit the New York Times bestselling list, and Moments of Clarity: Voices from the Front Lines of Addiction and Recovery. He also appeared previously in a documentary from (now) MennoMedia entitled Finding Hope in Recovery: Families Living with Addiction.

In the second program, airing the weekend of Sept. 17, Lyn and her son Nick talk about Nick’s drug use and attempts at recovery. Lyn says, “When he uses that stuff he’s not my son any more. He’s another person.” The program is titled, “Drugs: Family Conflict.” Lyn and Nick also appear in the MennoMedia documentary on recovery.

The program, launched in January 2010, can be heard online at Also featured at the website is a weekly blog by host Burton Buller, a weekly recipe, a study guide useable by Sunday school classes, and many additional resources.

MennoMedia is the publishing/production ministry of Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA.