Dec 23

In addition to the very good and comprehensive list of tips provided by our Nov 22 blog post from my colleagues Barbara Bowe and Shawn Healy, you may enjoy listening to this perspective on sober holidays from Sarah Hepola, the author of Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget, a brief recent segment of the NPR Fresh Air broadcast. (Click the Play button to hear Sarah, or read the transcript.)

To those of you who have no problem with alcohol: if you are involved in any way in planning a festive gathering – such as your law firm’s holiday party — author Hepola notes that it is surprising how little thought party hosts tend to give to providing appealing non-alcoholic beverages. These days most hosts offer some healthy food choices like carrots and dip, slices of fruit. So where’s the Perrier and fruit juce?

All of us at LCL wish you and yours a healthy and fulfilling holiday and new year.

Jeff Fortgang, Ph.D.

Nov 22

The holiday season is upon us and it is a good time to review some helpful tips about avoiding pitfalls and setting yourself up for success this time of year. The trifecta, as it is often called (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s), is historically a more challenging time of year for many of us. If the holiday season represents happy times with family and friends; then that’s great, enjoy. For many of us, this time of year brings with it social engagements with friends and family members that often include potentially risky, if not just uncomfortable, situations where your resolve is tested. It should come as no surprise to anyone that there is a higher likelihood of being offered, gifted, or simply being in the presence of more alcohol and substances over the holiday season. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind as you make holiday plans. The tip that underlies all of the rest is, “Plan ahead!” As the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Continue reading »

Jul 12

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) of Massachusetts, like the lawyer assistance programs in all 50 states, is in many ways based on the model of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which grew out of the early growth of the AA movement and initially focused almost entirely on alcoholism.  The first official EAP seems to have been developed by the Kemper insurance company in 1962.  Over the years, employee and lawyer assistance programs have greatly expanded their scope to include a wide range of human issues including emotional, family, and occupational sources of distress, and in many cases have been credited with saving the careers of people who would otherwise have lost their jobs. Continue reading »

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