The Unbar Alcoholics Anonymous group is exclusively for attorneys. They have been meeting for almost 30 years on Wednesdays from 12–1:30 p.m. The meeting is in the 15th floor conference room of the same building as WSBA — 1325 4th Ave. in Seattle. This is accessed through a separate elevator bank than WSBA. If you would like a peer advisor to walk you to a meeting, contact the Lawyers Assistance Program at 206-727-8268 and we can arrange an introduction. For more information about the Unbar take a look at this article from the Bar News.
Scholarly and lay publications regularly report that compared to those in other professions, lawyers have some of the highest rates of alcohol and substance abuse. Educating yourself is essential in addressing the concerns that can hamper a career.
The information below should not be mistaken for mental health diagnoses. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, help is available. The counselors at LAP are available to consult with you individually on a broad range of addictions issues.
Links are to information provided by the American Bar Association.
Alcohol Abuse and Dependence
As many as 1 in 5 lawyers experiences a drinking problem. Treatment is available.
Contact LAP for recommendations on groups, both AA and non-AA, throughout the state, including some that are specifically for attorneys.
More about the signs, symptoms, and effects of alcohol abuse.
Drug Abuse and Dependence
Addiction can have a devastating effect on a lawyer’s career. Addiction is a treatable disease.
More about the signs, symptoms, and effects of drug abuse and dependence.
Compulsive behaviors are those that are repeated due to a strong impulse — such as gambling, eating, or shopping — often against the individual's self interest.
More about the symptoms and treatment of compulsive behaviors.
There is a strong correlation between suicide and the mental health issues listed above.
More about the warning signs of suicide and prevention strategies.
If you have had thoughts of suicide, we encourage you to contact a LAP counselor. LAP does not, however, have the staffing capacity to provide 24/7 emergency coverage. If you feel in crisis, please call 911 or contact your local crisis hotline if one is available. National hotlines are available 24/7: 1-800-784-2433 or 1-800-273-8255.
If you are having thoughts of suicide or experiencing a mental health crisis, please call 911 or the Crisis Clinic Hotline at 866-427-4747.
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