For those Seeking Help . . .
Alcoholics Anonymous suggests that 10% of our population suffers from alcoholism or drug addiction. The American Bar Association, by a survey of lawyers and judges, declared that 15% of its membership admitted to abusing alcohol or drugs. In the criminal justice system, our judges often say 30% or more of the defendants before them have substance issues. Their estimate is actually too low. Knowing that, plus experience some twenty years ago, is why I lend aid to those seeking help.
. . . Help is Available
I have instructed lawyers and judges on alcoholism and drug addiction at accredited Continuing Legal Education courses, train annually to serve as a volunteer in a Bar sponsored assistance program funded by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and maintain contacts with service providers. As a lawyer, it is not my job to get anyone well. It's my job in criminal cases to dismiss unwarranted charges and minimize penalties. In civil cases, I strive to achieve your goals. However, I can assist folks seeking treatment, substance programs, and overall help. As solid advice: Start by finding a nearby AA meeting.
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