Better Navigating Bumps in the Road
This lawyer always struggled with anxiety and depression, but in recovery has found tools to better deal with life, as well as death. Learning to process feelings in a healthy manner has been key. Read More
We are Not Alone
When drinking, this lawyer isolated more and more as a way of dealing with loneliness. When his wife “turned him in” to LAP, instead of getting angry, he felt relieved. Maybe there was help. Maybe he was not alone after all. Read More
Because I’ve been in therapy for decades and also participate in 12-step meetings, I am used to being open about my feelings and experiences. But when is it appropriate to share personal information with clients and how much? Read More
Grief and Loss: Avoiding Relapse When You’re Hurting the Most
Loss of a loved one is a universal experience. This article provides specific suggestions for those recovering from substance use disorders on getting through grief without relapse. Read Article
When Lawyers Need Help, Let’s Make Sure They Don’t Fear Getting It
A powerful message from the chief justice of the FL Supreme Court: “Lawyers who are afraid to get help will not get help. They will suffer alone until their health gives way, causing problems that could have been avoided for their clients and themselves. No more. The entire profession shares this problem and must find solutions. The attitudes of the past that allowed this problem to continue must change.” Read More
You may notice your brain needs a reset when you start “spacing out,” yawning, losing your words, feeling sleepy, or getting distracted. Giving your brain a reset results in greater focus than if you had “pushed through.” Read More
Something to Consider
Gravy by Raymond Carver
No other word will do. For that’s what it was. Gravy.
Gravy, these past ten years.
Alive, sober, working, loving and
being loved by a good woman. Eleven years
ago he was told he had six months to live
at the rate he was going. And he was going
nowhere but down. So he changed his ways
somehow. He quit drinking! And the rest?
After that it was all gravy, every minute
of it, up to and including when he was told about,
well, some things that were breaking down and
building up inside his head. “Don’t weep for me,”
he said to his friends. “I’m a lucky man.
I’ve had ten years longer than I or anyone
expected. Pure gravy. And don’t forget it.”
"Gravy" by Raymond Carver from All of Us. © Knopf, 1998. Reprinted with permission.