One Lawyer's Story
The Besden Redemption
Laurie Besden is an attorney and the Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania. Laurie had a privileged upbringing. She graduated college with a 3.97 GPA, and was in the top 15% of her law school class. On paper, Laurie is the definition of success. Laurie is also a drug addict. In "The Besden Redemption," Laurie candidly shares her remarkable story of crippling addiction, and ultimately, redemption.
What Is Chemical Dependency?
Definition and characteristics
Addiction and Recovery
Jellineck, E.M., The Disease Concept of Alcoholism
The Jellinek Curve
Signs and Symptoms in Attorneys
Early and late stages
The Process Of Addiction: An "Emotional" Description
Timothy J. Sudrovech, MA, LCSW, Volume 25, No. 1. Indiana Trial Lawyers Association quarterly journal, The Verdict. Reprinted with permission.
Are You an Alcoholic? 20 Questions.
Developed by Johns Hopkins Hospital
Are You an Alcoholic? 20 Further Questions.
Developed by California Lawyers for Their Colleagues
Self-quizzes to help you better understand the situation, including: (1) Are you troubled by someone's drinking? and (2) Is a family member chemically dependent?
A service of Join Together, a project of the Boston University School of Public Health.
What to do and what not to do
Sheriff Bart: "Need any help?" The Waco Kid: "Oh . all I can get ."
- Blazing Saddles
Terry Harrell, J.D., MSW, LCSW, Volume 23, No. 3. Indiana Trial Lawyers Association quarterly journal, The Verdict. Reprinted with permission.
Love First Website
Intervention for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction
Treatment and Recovery
ABA Listserv for Law Students in Recovery
Communicate confidentially via email with other law students around the country who have dealt with substance abuse.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) - Indiana
Local Resources that provide AA meeting information
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) - Indianapolis
Local information and a link to the AA General Service Office
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) - Central Indiana
Local information and a link to NA Global Services
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) - Indiana Region
Links to NA Indiana Area Services
Assistance with recovery from addictive behaviors