Attorneys, judges, and law students who suffer from addictive illnesses may look on the surface like you or me—or anyone we may work with. Even the most successful and accomplished attorneys can be active (or recovering) addicts, and we may not know it at first glance. The ability to look beyond the personal appearance of colleagues and recognize the sometimes subtle cues of chemical addictions (e.g., alcoholism, cocaine addiction) and behavioral compulsivity (e.g., gambling, sexual compulsivity) is the key to identifying afflicted co-workers and getting them the assistance they need.
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