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Help is Available for Lawyers with Addiction Issues

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Lawyers have a tough job to do, and some try to alleviate the stress with mood-altering activities. Done to excess or illegally, that can make their situation much worse, as demonstrated by the criminal cases of at least two attorneys in the news this past week concerning their alleged activities.

But help is available to lawyers who may have issues with excessive drinking, drug use and other addictions, such as gambling. (One recovered attorney told an ABA Journal reporter several years ago that he formerly looked for cases that would be tried at courthouses near his favorite casino.)

In addition to the resources suggested by the American Bar Association’s Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, an ABA Journal article provides links to organizations that can provide help.

Related coverage: “Sober Since 1981, Lawyer Has Helped Many Others With Wide Array of Issues” “Jail is ‘Like Freedom,’ Ex-Lawyer Says, Now That She’s Facing Her Addiction and Depression Issues” “Okla. Lawyer Gets Probation re Addiction Self-Reported to Bar Authorities After Arrest” “Lawyer Credits Discipline Process for Spurring His ‘Walk Through Sobriety’”

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