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LM CE Course: Substance Abuse
LM CE Course: Substance Abuse

Confronting Addiction in the Law Firm

In 2016, The Journal of Addiction Medicine published a groundbreaking study by Hazelden Betty Ford and the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs: The Prevalence of Substance Use and Other Mental Health Concerns Among American Attorneys. Although it has been commonly presumed that the legal profession had a heightened rate of these problems as compared to the general public and other professions, nobody expected the numbers reported by only active, practicing attorneys to rise to the level that they did. It has now been clearly revealed as a full-blown crisis that cannot be ignored. This course will detail the findings of the study and its potential consequences, while providing insight into the disease of addiction itself and how it presents itself in a law firm setting. Further, it will provide strategies and tools for handling both present-day concerns as well as suggestions for prevention of these problems and a necessary shift in law firm culture.
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