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The buzz in this case was the correlation between attorneys, mental health issues, and alcoholism. A recent study noted by Moraites revealed what has been known within the legal profession for decades: lawyers have a greater disposition to mental health issues such as depression, and substance abuse issues such as alcoholism, than the general population. Points addressed further by the author included statistical data that revealed younger lawyers are more at risk and barriers to recovery particular to attorneys. Countering the sobering statistics and findings was information about the Lawyer Assistance Programs such as NC LAP, of which Moraites serves as the director.
Encouraging these members of the legal community to seek help for mental health and/or substance abuse issues was Lever’s information about NC LAP. Highlighted were three facts: all communications with LAP are confidential; it is separate from the disciplinary arm of the State Bar; its website contains a wealth of information about LAP’s services. Also noted were research studies that confirm the substantial percentage of lawyers who experience mental health and/or substance abuse issues and their common barriers to treatment.