But the reality is that clients, especially those with bet the ranch cases, don't want any part of past, present or future substance abuse problems.
In addition, in a society overwhelmed by the dangers of erratic behavior, the neighbors tense up around those sliding into the abyss. No, they emotionally can't afford empathy.
Also, it is fairly well known that there is a high relapse rate along the so-called recovery journey.
So, the American Bar Association may be downright naïve in pledging to address substance abuse, as well as mental illness, issues in the legal sector. Here is the coverage from Law.com.
Before it became cool for human beings, famous and not-famous, to gush about their recovery in the media, long before things got really out of hand there would be that moment of clarity.
The lawyer, medical doctor or Indian Chief recognized he or she was going to lose it all through substance abuse. That was that. The person stopped. That's the way many people deal effectively with what could be a career-ender. No, they didn't reach out for help. They didn't expect compassion.
The solution for substance abuse in the legal sector has to be the Invisible Hand. Any sign of the syndrome can mean the end of the job.
Full Disclosure: In August 1981, I had that moment of clarity. I got it that my use of alcohol was intersecting negatively with my career. I stopped. So have some members of my family, cursed with the Eastern European boozing gene, who are enjoying big time careers.
12-step programs? Sure, I had done some time in those. But, many have not after the moment of clarity. And they are thriving, without relapse.
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