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Upcoming Events -
LAP Related

November 7-9, 2014
Annual LAP Conference
& Volunteer Training
Holiday Inn SunSpree
Wrightsville Beach, NC
Registration will be mailed to volunteers in September.

Upcoming Events - Community Based
(not LAP sponsored; a clearing house of information for recovery related events around the state)

November 1, 2014
Renewal Center of the South
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Tours, BBQ, Great Speaker!

November 6-9, 2014
Renewal Center of the South
Spiritual Retreat (3 nights)
Jesse Sell, Bahama, NC
"Steps 8 and 9"

December 5-7, 2014
Renewal Center of the South
Spiritual Retreat
Tom Melby, Durham, NC

Submissions to the Sidebar are Welcome See guidelines for submissions

Annual Report
View the 2013 Annual Report


Change is an opportunity for growth. When old ways fail, I will seek new ways.


Alcoholic, Lawyer, and Father - a Toxic Combination

There is something dangerous about being an alcoholic, lawyer and father. It is a toxic knowledge, combined with a sense of helplessness. The following are the fears of one father, in recovery, who fears for the future of his step-daughter who is making many of the same mistakes he made. Read More


Getting what we think we want doesn’t make us happy; at least it doesn’t make us as happy as we think it will. According to top psychologists and researchers, chasing the next goal actually makes us constantly unsatisfied. Most lawyers tend to live like this. To change the pattern, acceptance is the key. The more we try to want what we have, rather than get what we want, the more content we will become. Read More

Practice Perspectives

One lawyer uses the tools of recovery to let go of rigid control and perfectionism and let others do their jobs, with some surprising results. Read More

The Sine Wave Law Practice Theorem

After attempting to engage in a mutual “ain’t it horrible” discussion with a colleague, a lawyer learned about something called “the sine wave law practice theorem,” and after adopting it he became happy and balanced with his law practice. Read More

Lawyer Brings Unique Perspective

Recognizing the toxic mix for legal professionals of pressure and perfectionism, one lawyer has written and published a daily reader for lawyers seeking balance and recovery.  Read More

Something to Consider

Our lives will change whether we want them to or not. Change is guaranteed. Growth is optional. To grow, we need to accept change and learn from it.

Recovery from any difficulty in life means change. Change usually brings on resistance. It is not easy to change or learn from change, but if we can accept change and the lessons it brings, we will grow and recover.

Can I let go of my resistance to change and can I more accept the flow of life?

Adapted from A Restful Mind – Daily Meditations for Enhancing Mental Health by Mark Allen Zabawa

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