Yes, this lawyer lost his license to practice law. That was part of his plea deal. Recently he had been released from prison. Those advising him tell him to focus on "his disease" - that is, the dynamics of recovery.
I disagreed. My recommendation was for him to experiment in how he could put together a new and lucrative career path. It just could be that the fruits of success will be what motivate him not to return to a life of drink.
The former lawyer has been ducking me.
When I entered a recovery program in August 1981, I was on fire. Over and over again I declared at the many meetings in the Washington D.C. that recovery was number-one in my life.
Eventually, a former lawyer who had been forced into retirement from a government job clued me in. With absolute confidence he declared:
"Professional success prevents relapse. Look around 'the rooms' and you will notice those with careers don't fool around."
He had been in recovery for six years. It took me several more years to come to agree with his observation.
About three years ago, a lawyer at a Connecticut insurance company didn't return, post-rehab, to his job with zest. He got caught up in "dealing with his disease."
You bet, he wound up with his third DUI. Fearing that his company would fire him and he was on the way to prison, he committed suicide.
Recovery can't be an abstract mission. It has to be rooted in pragmatic gains.
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