Alcoholism is a brain disease, not a moral issue or behavior. Studies in both Washington and Arizona show that judges and lawyers suffer from a higher rate of alcoholism than the general population.
While approximately 10 percent of the population suffers from alcoholism, the number jumps to almost 20 percent in the legal profession. This higher rate of alcoholism in judges and lawyers may explain the higher rates of clinical depression among this population. While there are differences in the effect of one substance over another, the process of addiction in a human’s body is similar. As one client recently quoted to me, “You do anything long enough to escape the habit of living...until the escape becomes the habit.”
Typically it happens like this:
Go to: The Addiction Project Online
Addiction and the Brain’s Pathway: Beyond Willpower
Articles of Interest
Timothy D. Edwards & Gregory J. Van Rybroek, Addiction and Attorneys: Confronting the Denial, Wisconsin Lawyer (August 2007).
Mary Greiner, Demystifying 12-Step Programs, GPSolo Magazine (July/August 2001).
Jeanne Marie Leslie, Understanding Addiction, Helping Clients and Colleagues, The Alabama Lawyer (September 2008).
Cindy McAlpin, Out of the Shadows: Women and Addiction, GPSolo Magazine (October/November 2006).
Kevin T. McCauley, M.D., Is Addiction Really a Disease, Texas Bar Journal (July 2004).