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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