Dr. Washton published an article on PsychologyEverywhere.com, discussing substance abuse among lawyers in New York. While practicing law in New York can be exciting, it is also very stressful and demanding. Given the workload, demands, and high stakes of the job, many young lawyers will use stimulants to help them stay awake through their first years in the legal profession, which can eventually lead to substance abuse and addiction. Dr. Washton writes,
Many lawyers do not seek help for substance or alcohol problems. There is a fear of stigma among those in the legal profession as they face intense competition and cannot afford to be perceived as having any type of problem or weakness that could interfere with their job.
The barriers to treatment mean that many lawyers will try to deal with addiction on their own. As the risk of alcohol and substance abuse among lawyers is significant, there should be access for confidential and effective treatment. For the best opportunity for recovery, the client needs to understand treatment is confidential and their reputation and career are safe.
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