The Unbar Alcoholics Anonymous group is exclusively for attorneys. They have been meeting for almost 30 years on Wednesdays 12:15–1:30 p.m. The meeting is in Seattle at the Skinner Building, 1326 Fifth Ave., 7th floor.
If you would like a peer advisor to discuss your difficulties with alcohol or other substances, or to join you at a meeting, contact the Member Wellness Program at 206-727-8267, and we can arrange an introduction. For more information about the Unbar take a look at this article from Bar News.
Scholarly and lay publications regularly report that attorneys experience addiction at roughly twice the rate of the general population. Educating yourself is essential in addressing the concerns that can hamper a career. The following three documents provide a broad array of practical and current information to help you to understand addiction and the many ways one can choose to seek treatment:
Help is available. Contact the Member Wellness Program to consult on a broad range of addictions issues. Or call WSBA Connects for free in person counseling in your community.
Links to information are provided by the American Bar Association.
Alcohol Abuse and Dependence
As many as one in five lawyers experiences a drinking problem. Treatment is available.
Contact the Member Wellness Program 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 Member Wellness Program counselor. The Member Wellness Program 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: 800-784-2433 or 800-273-8255.