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Legal Professionals
(Pennsylvania Campus)

Caron’s Legal Professionals Program offers a path to recovery supported by the program’s executive director, himself a lawyer in recovery.

If you are a practicing legal professional, judge, law student, retired lawyer, paralegal, or a law school graduate who may no longer be practicing or never practiced, this program offers addiction treatment specifically tailored to your needs and concerns. The attorney/licensed addiction clinician who leads the program is actively involved in every aspect of the program, from meeting with patients and their families before, during, and after treatment, to managing and overseeing all program components.

A recent national study concluded that addicted attorneys who had attended residential treatment specialized for legal professionals had a higher recovery rate than those who attended typical, non-specialized treatment.

Caron offers you private, comprehensive treatment that takes into account your professional needs and concerns.

Barriers to Treatment

Caron recognizes that legal professionals often resist typical residential treatment for fear of losing their license or because they do not want to appear vulnerable or admit that they 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.

Confronting Addiction in the Law Firm, an article by the executive director of Caron’s Legal Professionals Program, describes how pervasive substance use and mental health issues are in the legal industry. It also offers suggestions for how to help a colleague or family member recognize that they need treatment.

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Treatment Components

The Legal Professionals Program at Caron consists of three major components.

Pre-Entry

  • Pre-admission calls with the executive director of the legal program to discuss specifics of the program
  • Streamlined admissions process
  • Accommodation of specific professional needs while in treatment to assure minimal disruption in practice

Residential Treatment

  • Executive director coordinates with treatment team for treatment planning
  • Educational materials customized for the legal professional
  • Weekly one-on-one meetings with the executive director
  • Facilitated weekly legal professionals group meetings
  • Guest speakers on topics of relevance to the legal profession
  • Meetings with lawyers in recovery to hear about what works for them in recovery

Post-Treatment Aftercare

  • Customized recovery, reintegration, and relapse prevention plan
  • Alcohol and drug monitoring upon request
  • Communication established (when authorized) with family, employer, licensing board, or disciplinary board
  • Aftercare services, including My First Year of Recovery, tailored extended care, outpatient treatment, and sober living
  • Ongoing support from the executive director
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Family Support

At Caron, we believe that the family is critical to treatment success. That’s why family services are a critical part of the Legal Professionals Program. Family services are designed to provide family members with the information they need to better understand substance use disorder, mental health disorders, and how best to support their loved one in recovery. In addition, family services include counseling that enables the whole family to recover and move forward in ways that lead to optimal health.

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Legal and Clinical Expertise

Link Christin, JD, MA, LADC, brings a lifetime of experience to his role of executive director of the Legal Professionals Program at Caron. Mr. Christin holds a JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a master’s degree in addiction counseling. A civil trial lawyer for more than 25 years and partner in two law firms, he followed his decades of practice with a second career as founder and director of the first major legal professionals treatment program in the country.

His successful career along with his own personal recovery from the disease of addiction contributed to his knowledge and understanding of the issues those in the legal field face when affected.

Mr. Christin consults with lawyers and/or law firms prior to admission, works with attorneys one on one and in group settings while they are at Caron, and coordinates a continuing care plan to assure their safe and stable return to the workplace and the community.

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Executive Director of the Legal Professionals Program
Link Christin is an attorney and a licensed and board-certified drug and addiction counselor.
Senior Clinical Advisor - Executive Program and Legal Professionals Program
Eric Webber works specifically with adult men and relapse individuals in both in primary and extended care settings.