Once we have established a relationship with a client, the real work begins. We meet with each client individually to diagnose what is going on. We conduct a full confidential substance abuse and mental health assessment which usually takes two-three hours.
After each assessment, our staff will give recommendations to the client to help them head in a better direction. We are trying to find out what is going on (diagnosis), and what needs to be done (drug/alcohol treatment, medical evaluation, psychiatric evaluation, psychological therapy, etc.).
Monitoring & Support
We encourage the person to sign a Recovery Contract with us for a minimum of two years, and up to five years. The contract requires the client to do whatever it takes to get moving in the right direction. For alcohol/drugs, this can be inpatient or outpatient treatment, and 12-Step recovery meetings. For mental illness, this can mean evaluation by a psychiatrist, taking prescribed medications, and individual counseling. We also require telephone contact with us, often daily early on, and then as the client improves, it can be reduced to one or two times per week. Whatever the requirements, the client is required to document what he/she is doing, by providing written verification of attendance at 12-Step meetings, regular reports from therapists, etc.
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 abuse, 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, financial 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 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.
Concerned for Someone?
We receive about 60 new inquiries each month. We get calls/referrals from colleagues, judges, disciplinary counsel, certified grievance committees, admissions committees, defense counsel, spouses, children, law school administrators and professors, and the occasional client. Concerns raised include drinking, illegal and prescription drugs, internet porn, sexual compulsion disorder, gambling, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, anorexia and bulimia, adult attention deficit disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder...you name it, it affects our profession. We generally require corroborating information on a new client before doing anything. If we do not obtain corroboration, we do not move forward to intervene—we open a confidential file and wait.
Support for those Concerned
We are also here for those of you concerned about an attorney in trouble. We will help you find the services you need to cope with the stress of dealing with a loved one in distress.