The Addicted Lawyer

The Addicted Lawyer

Tales of the Bar, Booze, Blow, and Redemption

Book - 2017
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Brian Cuban was a successful lawyer--and an addict.

Brian Cuban was living a lie. With a famous last name and a successful career as a lawyer, Brian was able to hide his clinical depression and alcohol and cocaine addictions--for a while.

Today, as an inspirational speaker in long-term recovery, Brian looks back on his journey with honesty, compassion, and even humor as he reflects both on what he has learned about himself and his career choice and how the legal profession enables addiction. His demons, which date to his childhood, controlled him through failed marriages and stays in a psychiatric facility, until they brought him to the brink of suicide. That was his wake-up call. This is his story.

Brian also takes an in-depth look at why there is such a high percentage of problematic alcohol use and other mental health issues in the legal profession. What types of therapies work? Are 12-step programs the only answer? Brian also includes interviews with experts on the subject as well as others in the profession who are now in recovery. The Addicted Lawyer is both a serious study of addiction and a compelling story of redemption.
Publisher: [United States?] : Post Hill Press, [2017]
ISBN: 9781682613702
1682613704
Characteristics: xxii, 243 pages ; 23 cm

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Aug 20, 2017

I did not know how many attorneys were affected by drugs and alcohol until I read this book.

It took years for the author to get sober with the roots of his addiction starting in college/law school...although it's hard to imagine doing something as difficult as studying for the bar exam and being under the influence at the same time. There are also other attorney's stories about getting sober and advice from the author on how to seek help if you are an attorney experiencing addiction.

It was interesting to see the various professions the author drifted into trying to put his law degree to good use. Some of the jobs lost due to his addiction.

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