Substance Abuse Articles

REVIEWING THE PREVALENCE OF LAWYER SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS
Researchers such as G. A. H. Benjamin, E.J. Darling, C.J.A. Beck, and D. Brook have collected data on the incidence among lawyers of the kinds of problems for which LCL often provides help, and which are responsible for a high proportion of professional misconduct.  This article, assembled (and posted online as a pdf document) by Hazelden’s Buter Center for Research, succinctly pulls together many of the findings and considers possible explanations.

ASSISTING ATTORNEYS IN THE THROES OF ADDICTION
From the American Inns of Court.

LAW FIRMS, ALCOHOL/DRUG POLICIES, AND ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
An article written by LCL’s staff for a national periodical read by benefits managers for law firms.  It was written some years ago, but still applies.

NIDA RESEARCH REPORT: MARIJUANA ABUSE
Factual review from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

NIDA RESEARCH REPORT: METHAMPHETAMINE ABUSE AND ADDICTION
Factual review from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, on a form of substance abuse constituting a health crisis in many states.

NIDA RESEARCH REPORT: PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE AND ADDICTION
Factual review from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

THE ADDICTED LAWYER
One addicted lawyer’s story, from the Texas Bar Journal as published on the Texas Bar Association web site.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN TREATMENT
A primer on what a lawyer might expect from treatment, written by two attorney-counselors.

ATTORNEYS COME TOGETHER TO TAKE ON ALCOHOLISM
This article from the Washington State Bar News provides a good picture of the role that a Lawyer Assistance Program can play in the lives of lawyers facing alcohol problems.

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