Lawyers know how resistant alcoholism is to treatment. Either they themselves or their clients have been unable to manage what is classified as a disease in order to stay out of trouble. Maybe the lawyer winds up with a license suspended or worse. Clients, despite multiple DUIs and job losses, continue uncontrolled drinking. Although Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is championed as a treatment which puts the disease in remission, the success rate is rumored to be about one in 35.
So, obviously, what is isn't effective. Perhaps treatment is the wrong way to go. A more practical approach might be to simply reduce the trouble compulsive drinkers can get into. One model for that is to provide alcoholics enough maintenance booze in exchange for work. THE NEW YORK TIMES focuses on how that experiment is faring in the Netherlands. Previously it had been tried in Canada. Here is the article.
Of course, America, with its Puritan roots and powerful conservative movements like the Tea Party, is not likely to give that a try. But if it did, there could be reduced homelessness, emergency medical problems, unemployment, fractured families, and crime. In a sense, giving alcoholics what they need - booze - contains the problem. That could be as good as it gets, at least until research tells us more about why even Ivy educated lawyers and creative geniuses in the arts can't or won't stop abusing alcohol.