Gambling Addiction for Lawyers
Recent studies have shown that there has been a dramatic increase in impairment due to alcoholism,
drug addiction and mental health disorders among members of the legal profession. The statistics are
compelling and clearly indicate that 1 out of 3 attorneys will likely have a need for substance use or
mental health services at some point in their careers.
What about that “other” addiction – Gambling ?
In 2018, the United States Supreme Court, in Murphy vs. NCAA, held that sports gambling was legal in all
of the United States. By 2020, 22 states had added on-line gambling accessible by cell phone, computer
and tablets. With it came the compulsive gambler.
This program will explore not only Gambling Disorder, but also the connection between gambling and
the more well -known forms of impairment and why lawyers are at higher risk to develop problems. This
problem has only been exacerbated by the stress, anxiety and isolation caused by the Coronavirus crisis.
The results are startling.
- The early warning signs of impairment and how they relate to gambling disorders. Special attention
will be given to the connection between the Coronavirus and it’s impact on social isolation, stress,
anxiety, depression and gambling disorders.
- The free services that Lawyers Assistance Programs provide to lawyers, judges, their family members
and law students.
- A close look at what barriers exist that prevent lawyers and judges from seeking the help they need
will be provided.
- The role that education plays in breaking the stigma and fear associated with addiction and mental
illness in the legal profession.