It’s a tired popular media trope: the attorney, burdened by the stresses of work, pours a glass of bourbon at the end of a long day. Maybe he is waiting for a verdict to come in after an impassioned speech in front of a jury, maybe she is prepping for a long day at the Supreme Court ahead. Alcohol as a coping mechanism in pop culture is as old as television itself. Read more
Category: Addiction and Treatment
Popular culture portrayals of the legal profession may draw young people to law school: giving impassioned arguments in front of a jury, laying out a compelling case in front of a judge. A promising young law student may enter school with hopes of helping the disfranchised or aiding in the reform of the criminal justice system. However, once they exit the hallowed halls of their law school, reality paints a grimmer picture. Read more
The world of financial executives has long been the subject of fascination. The Wolf of Wall Street, a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio based on a memoir by Jordan Belfort of the same name, tells a compelling story of a financial executive’s meteoric rise and equally spectacular fall. Read more
Attorneys make powerful contributions to society and the legal system. But how effectively can they contribute when impaired by alcohol or drug use?
Nearly everyone knows someone who has dealt with a drug or alcohol problem. Scarcely an American family has gone untouched by alcoholism or the unprecedented opioid epidemic.
As people, we may be different for a variety of reasons. But a common denominator amongst us is the existence of stress in our lives and how it impacts mental health. Oftentimes, it isn’t the stress itself that causes us harm but how we choose to perceive it or how we cope (or not) that poses the most risks.
Everyone faces stress on some level every day, and everyone develops individual techniques and coping mechanisms for handling different kinds of stress. Some stress is moderate yet persistent over time, while other forms of stress are more acute and traumatic. All types of stress share one common denominator, however: they can all easily lead a person into substance abuse if the person does not develop healthy stress relief techniques and coping strategies.
Drug abuse is a large economic concern in the United States. Most illegal drug users are employed, but the abuse of substances leads to losses in productivity. It’s not just illegal substances, though. Alcoholism by itself accounts for 500 million lost days of work per year.
A high-functioning addict is a person who has managed to keep their life together despite their addiction. This situation will likely not last forever, but for a time they can hold onto their job and keep their finances relatively in order. Their physical health has only begun to deteriorate. This is an ideal time for them to start treatment, although regrettably, it can also be the time when they are hardest to convince.
Medically assisted treatments using Suboxone have a real chance to impact a national health crisis that negatively impacts the nation’s economy by over $78 billion each year,
Despite efforts to quell the national epidemic, the nation’s prescription opioid drug abuse crisis continues to plague the country. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, over 130 people in the country succumb to deaths related to an opioid overdose on a daily basis. Read more
No matter how dedicated a person is to recovery, withdrawals make the process extremely difficult. Medication assisted detox is one way for those suffering from addiction to find the relief they need and hope to continue with the detoxification process.
The world of financial executives has long been the subject of fascination. The Wolf of Wall Street, a movie starring Leonardo …