Given all the challenges facing the business of law, a large number of those new members will include lawyers and law students.
What should the new comers from the legal sector expect when they show up, for example, at a meeting of AA?
Here are the realities to be prepared for.
Fellowship. Whether you like it or not, the community will reach out to you. I pushed a lawyer in town to attend one meeting. He never came back. All he wanted was to slouch in a back seat. At least four men approached him.
If you can ignore this bit of "intrusiveness," you could find yourself being able to stay off the booze. AA does have success stories, although the percentage of those who can maintain sobriety is relatively low. But you could be among the lucky ones.
God. AA declares it is a spiritual organization, not a religious one. However, the majority of members dot their sharing with references to God. For the sophisticated such as yourself who might consider God a private matter, that can drive you up the wall. Try to be tolerant. The Big Book of AA recommends that we acquire that trait. It really makes our lives easier. It will also make us more effective in work.
Preaching. After such suffering through excessive use of booze, many members are convinced they have found their way to serenity. Maybe they have. But they won't stop pestering others in detail how they can also find their way to the Promised Land. AA forbids that. But it is rampant.
The burden is on you to find members who haven't morphed into preachers. That's not easy. But it is possible. No, don't choose a preacher as a sponsor. They are the worst.
Stuck in the past. Too many members use sharing as a time to go down memory lane about the bad old times. Although they have been sober for 10, 20 or 30 years they can't let go of that story. As the best of my AA sponsors observed, "Their alcoholism was the most exciting thing that has ever happened to them."
The important thing here is that you don't get stuck in the past. Focus your energy on succeeding in your work. A cunning AAer told me from the get-go, "Career success keeps us from drinking. It is almost impossible for losers to hold on."
Takeaway: Yes, try the 12 steps of AA. The program is free. That's the edge it has over other approaches.
Outpatient substance abuse treatment and in-patient rehab are not free.
Psychotherapy costs a bundle, even with insurance. My co-pay is $45 a session.
If you try therapy, make sure the professional has training in addiction. One clown who didn't told me at age 25 that I wasn't abusing booze. Had that been in the clinical notes, which I had a lawyer send for, I would have filed a lawsuit.
BTW, you don't have to wait until 1/2/2017 to stop excessive or any drinking.
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