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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.

Identifying Addiction

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.


Intervention Tips
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

SMART Recovery®
Assistance with recovery from addictive behaviors

Contact Information

Indiana Judges and Lawyers
Assistance Program
320 N. Meridian St., Suite 606
Indianapolis, IN 46204

PHO: 317-833-0370
TOLL FREE: 866-428-5527
FAX: 317-833-0371

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