After years of drinking, I stood on the cusp of losing all the gains I had made in my legal studies and chosen career in government service. With the assistance of friends and relatives already in recovery, my life took a better turn as I got sober and began a recovery process that has held me in good stead for more than 32 years. By the 12th year in my recovery process, circumstances developed that provided an opportunity to speak out publicly about this addiction and my journey into recovery. Although some prejudice and bias certainly existed in the legal profession at that time, I decided the risk was worth this leap into a more public disclosure of the pitfalls of drinking to excess as well as the possibility of recovering and of having a successful legal career despite this history of impairment.
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