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Legal Professionals Program

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, Caron offers a program tailored to your needs and concerns at Caron in Pennsylvania, as well as through Caron Renaissance’s Professional Program in Florida.

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-admission calls with the executive director of the legal program to discuss specifics of the program
  • Accommodation of specific professional needs


  • 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, either in person, by telephone, or via a web conference
  • On our Pennsylvania campus: Facilitated weekly legal professionals group meetings, meetings with lawyers in recovery to hear about what works for them in recovery, and presentations by guest speakers addressing topics related to the legal profession
  • On our Florida campus: Meetings with lawyers 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
  • Support and guidance for a full year after discharge through free services like our alumni support activities and the Caron Recovery Network
  • Optional specialized programs, including My First Year of Recovery and Breakthrough workshops, to provide additional support
  • Outpatient programs at our recovery centers in Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, Atlanta, New York, and New England
  • Ongoing support from the executive director
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Family Programming

At Caron, we believe it is critical for the family to be part of their loved one’s treatment process so we offer opportunities for participation to family members. Family services are specifically designed to meet family members’ needs as they work toward personal recovery.

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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 substance use disorder 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.

Caron Can Help You Regain Your Life

Clinical excellence and uncompromising patient-centric care mark every component of Caron’s core programming, which includes the Legal Professionals Program. Our focus incorporates overall mental behavioral health, including treatment of co-occurring disorders.

With more than 60 years of history treating substance use disorder and process addictions, Caron emphasizes Recovery for Life, providing you and every patient we treat with lifetime support. We view substance use disorder as a chronic treatable brain disease that requires a long-term management plan. That’s why all of our programs are fully integrated with the 12-step approach.

We have also worked to ensure that those who need treatment, regardless of where they live in the United States, have access to the care they need. Caron in Pennsylvania is an in-network partner with several nationally known insurance companies as well as regional insurance providers. At the same time, we adhere to the high quality clinical excellence that underlies our reputation as an industry leader. That means strong staff-to-patient ratios and a reliance on evidence-based medical interventions.

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