Substance Use & Addiction Treatment for Legal Professionals

This targeted program delves into the issues and concerns specific to legal professionals struggling with addiction, clearing a path to recovery.

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At a Glance

  • Accommodation of specific professional needs

    while in treatment means that you can keep up with your responsibilities.

  • Back to work/school planning

    helps to ease the transition into recovery and back to professional/educational obligations.

Pennsylvania | Florida

Highlights of the Legal Professionals Program

Caron’s Legal Professionals Program is designed for legal professionals, judges, law students, retired lawyers, paralegals, and law school graduates. Our programs are tailored to the specific needs and concerns of legal professionals at Caron in Pennsylvania.

Caron’s Legal Professionals team is actively involved in every aspect, from meeting with patients and their families before, during, and after treatment, to managing and overseeing all program components.

Treatment Components

The Legal Professionals Program at Caron includes:

  • Individual and group meetings with the program coordinator focused on patients’ needs
  • Back to work/school planning, including a session with employer or school if indicated
  • Accommodations for keeping up with professional obligations

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 65 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.

Overcoming 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 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 substance use a secret.
  • I need to keep working, so I'll do outpatient close to home and go to local AA meetings.
  • My practice and reputation will be irreparably harmed if I take the time for residential treatment.

Family Programming

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

Legal Continuing Education Courses

Our Legal Professionals Program offers continuing legal educational (CLE) courses to bar associations and lawyer assistance programs throughout the United States. Topics presented to the bar include:

  • A Profession on Notice: The Ethical and Liability Case For Why Law Firms Must Get Serious About Substance Use (and Actions You Can Take Now!)
  • An Impaired Attorney: A Firm’s Duties, Risks, and Developing an Action Plan
  • Everything You Need to Know About Addiction and Attorneys in Two Hours: Professional, Ethical, and Effective Strategies to Confront the Current Crisis
  • Enhancing Resilience: A Lawyer's Guide to Successfully Navigating Your Career and Life
  • Addiction and Lawyers: The Essentials
  • Overcoming Professional Doubts: How Practicing a Recovery Program Will Make You an Even Better Lawyer
  • Stress and Anxiety In the Practice of Law
  • Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’?: Reigniting Your Professional Passion
  • The Brain – From The Lab to the Legal Profession: Lessons in Neuroscience

Post-treatment aftercare is centered on your needs as a legal professional.

Evidence-based research shows that long-term recovery is best accomplished with structured support. Your post-treatment continuing care plan includes:

  • 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 including our alumni support activities and recovery support services

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