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First National Study on Attorney Substance Use, Mental Health Concerns

Thursday, February 4, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Connecticut Bar Association
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On February 3, 2016 the American Bar Association released a study regarding the mental health concerns and substance abuse statistics about lawyers. The study was conducted by Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and the American Bar Association Commission of Lawyer Assistance Programs. The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is the nation's largest nonprofit treatment provider located in 16 states that helps with the prevention and recovery of youth and adults. The study revealed that there is a substantial level of behavioral health problems in the U.S. legal profession regarding alcohol consumption. 

The Study found that more than 1 in 3 practicing attorneys have consumed alcohol in the volume and frequency of a problem drinker. In comparison to other professionals,  it has been seen that lawyers experience alcohol use disorders at a far higher rate than other professional populations, as well as mental health distress. One of the major concerns for lawyers not seeking help is the fear of other finding out and revealing confidentiality. 

Information provided by the American Bar Foundation 

The Connecticut Bar Association shed some light on this problem in a recent episode of its BarChat video series featuring Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL). The group's Executive Director, Beth Griffin, talks with CBA Executive Director Douglas S. Brown about the realities of the mental and physical well being of lawyers. Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers is a non-profit Connecticut based lawyer assistance program that provides help to lawyers who suffer with mental health behaviors, need aid in claims and complaints, and educate legal communities about alcoholism and drug addiction. 

Information provided by Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers 

The CBA Healthy Lawyer series provides Connecticut attorneys with resources and support to prioritize and maintain their wellness. The CBA seeks to offer tools to assist members in protecting their wellness, in all its dimensions, to prevent the materialization of serious health problems.  Check the CBA education calendar to find out which programs may suit your interests and needs.

Upcoming Event: The Healthy Lawyer: From Bench/Bar to 5K


To read more about the study, click here

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