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January 18, 2019

Study on Lawyer Impairment

The Prevalence of Substance Use and Other Mental Health Concerns Among American Attorneys

In collaboration with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs conducted national research on lawyer impairment. This is a landmark study as never before has national data been gathered addressing both substance use and behavioral health concerns simultaneously. The survey examines alcohol use, substance abuse, mental health issues and help-seeking behaviors of lawyers. The results are compelling. The implications for the legal community are multifaceted and far reaching.

Access the full report in the Journal of Addiction Medicine here.

Watch Charting a Sustainable Path Forward: What the ABA/Hazelden Betty Ford Study on Substance Use and Mental Health Means for the Future of the Profession (ABA webinar recorded September, 2016)

Listen to coverage of the study on Wisconsin Public Radio, featuring co-author Linda Albert. 

Watch an ABA social media video, featuring co-author Patrick Krill.

Watch "Lawyers at Risk: Be Intentional About Your Mental Health," a video on the study, featuring co-author Linda Albert. 

News and Bar Journal Coverage

Study Infographic

Click the image below for an infographic of just some of the findings.