Barriers to Treatment
Caron recognizes that legal professionals often resist typical residential treatment. They may deny there is a problem, either because they fear a loss of their career or license or because they do not want to appear vulnerable. Legal professionals are problem solvers with strong egos who are self-reliant, making it even more difficult for them to admit they may need help. Some typical statements we hear include:
- I am not an addict and do not need help from others.
- I can control my substance use---I never use during the day--- and it does not affect my job.
- I do not want others to know that I may need help.
- I cannot risk losing my job, my license, or my reputation.
- I'm ashamed and therefore must keep my using a secret.
- I need to keep working, so I'll do outpatient close to home and I'll go to local AA meetings.
- My practice and reputation will be irreparably harmed if I take the time for residential treatment.
Our Pennsylvania facility offers a specialized, residential addiction treatment program for attorneys, judges, law students, and paralegals that addresses their unique concerns, addiction and behavioral health issues, and provides tailored services through targeted peer interaction and directed programming.
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