We’ve all heard or read the stories—talented actor X overdoses, phenomenal pro athlete Y gets thrown in jail for possession of marijuana, or everyday soccer mom Z just packs up and leaves. In today’s world of nanosecond news, it’s hard not to become desensitized, not to simply retweet and move on. But when a friend (or neighbor or colleague) gets a DWI or caught stealing to support his drug habit, that’s different. It hits us right between the eyes. In times like now, when we are all asked to do more with fewer resources, it is increasingly difficult to keep up with the demands of life—the pressures of a 60-hour work week, volunteer commitments that always seem to pop up at inopportune moments, and family activities that warrant full attention but never seem to get it. For lawyers, multiply all the obligations, anxiety, and responsibilities to the nth degree. The heavy caseloads, all-nighters at the office, and taxing material can take their toll on anyone, from the brightest new superstar associate to the established prominent partner in the luxe corner suite. Many carry on and somehow figure out a way to make it all manageable. All too often, though, the challenges become overwhelming and attorneys who find themselves struggling turn to alcohol, drugs, or other coping mechanisms. In this issue of the Texas Bar Journal, we examine how the brain works when it is addicted to a controlled substance or suffers from a mental illness, such as depression. We hear the stories of real attorneys who have overcome adversity. And we remind our community that the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program provides help and hope. Ask for it, before it’s too late.
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