Although not yet lawyers, law students are still a part of the legal community, and therefore the Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program is here to provide help to law students with problems related to substance use disorders, drug addiction, and mental health problems such as stress, anxiety, and depression.
While law school provides a great opportunity to study the legal profession, it can be a very stressful time due to the heavy workload, high expectations, competition, time commitment, student debt, and competition for landing the right job.
Maintaining a balance between your workload and social life can be a challenging but necessary task to help avoid many of the pitfalls associated with law school, such as drinking too much to avoid stress, depression and anxiety. While moderate levels of stress can have a positive impact on performance, excessive and prolonged stress can negatively impact not only your schoolwork, but also your social relationships.
The Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program is a safe place to turn for confidential assistance.
“If I could offer advice to any lawyer or law student, young or old, I would tell them not to be ashamed of feeling the way I did (serious depression/ suicidal), and not to be afraid to ask for help. Mental health issues do not fix themselves.”
“OLAP opened the door and helped me with some of the denial I was dealing with. When I came to OLAP, the detailed assessment I was required to take made me see the progression of my disease of alcoholism. After my assessment, OLAP gave me a recommendation to attend an out-patient treatment facility, go to 90 12-step meetings in 90 days, and call in on a daily basis for a year. This helped me gain a sense of accountability. I have been sober for 10 years.”
"Because OLAP is confidential, they did not have to disclose my depression to my employer, which eased my stress level about what my employer would do if they found out I was ill with depression."