Rehab for lawyers

January 20, 2011
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Working in the legal profession can be quite stressful and demanding. There’s a lot of pressure to solve your clients’ problems, often coupled with long work hours. Given that attorneys are sometimes the ones fixing the problems, it can make them reluctant to let others know when they need help. Some turn to drugs or alcohol to cope. Studies have shown that those working in this profession tend to have more issues with addiction than the general population. But instead of going just anywhere for help, a Minnesota treatment center has started a new program specifically for legal professionals.

Hazelden has created the generically titled “Legal Professionals Program” for lawyers, judges, legal assistants, and legal professionals with addictions. These addictions may be considered an “occupational hazard,” according to its website.

The program involves 12-step-based and gender-specific treatment, intensive group therapy, individual counseling, and pyschoeducational services. It also will include weekly meetings among other legal professionals led by an attorney/clinician, which will provide patients with insight from peers in similar situations; and ongoing one-on-one sessions with an attorney/clinician where participants will have the opportunity to address issues related to career restoration, professional practice, reputation, licensing or disciplinary matters and continuing care.

The center claims treatment will prepare attorneys to handle the future, know what do to do take care of themselves, where to find support, and how to be aware of what could trigger relapses.

You can learn more on Hazelden’s website.

What are your thoughts on a treatment program specifically tailored for lawyers? Would it be any more helpful than a traditional rehab program?

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  1. Thank you, John Smith, for pointing out a needed correction. The article has been revised.

  2. The "National institute for Justice" is an agency for the Dept of Justice. That is not the law firm you are talking about in this article. The "institute for justice" is a public interest law firm. http://ij.org/ thanks for interesting article however

  3. I would like to try to find a lawyer as soon possible I've had my money stolen off of my bank card driver pressed charges and I try to get the information they need it and a Social Security board is just give me a hold up a run around for no reason and now it think it might be too late cuz its been over a year I believe and I can't get the right information they need because they keep giving me the runaroundwhat should I do about that

  4. It is wonderful that Indiana DOC is making some truly admirable and positive changes. People with serious mental illness, intellectual disability or developmental disability will benefit from these changes. It will be much better if people can get some help and resources that promote their health and growth than if they suffer alone. If people experience positive growth or healing of their health issues, they may be less likely to do the things that caused them to come to prison in the first place. This will be of benefit for everyone. I am also so happy that Indiana DOC added correctional personnel and mental health staffing. These are tough issues to work with. There should be adequate staffing in prisons so correctional officers and other staff are able to do the kind of work they really want to do-helping people grow and change-rather than just trying to manage chaos. Correctional officers and other staff deserve this. It would be great to see increased mental health services and services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in the community so that fewer people will have to receive help and support in prisons. Community services would like be less expensive, inherently less demeaning and just a whole lot better for everyone.

  5. Can I get this form on line,if not where can I obtain one. I am eligible.

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