storiesofrecoveryThere are many lawyers, judges, and law students who are in recovery and are eager to personally share their experience, strength and hope with you. Over the years, JLAP has assisted hundreds of members of the legal profession and their families with all types of alcohol, addiction, and mental health issues. As such, JLAP’s volunteer network is comprised of people who have overcome their issues and are in recovery.

People in recovery are always eager to share their stories, not to judge or pressure others to follow in their footsteps or to see things their way. Rather, those in recovery often fearlessly and openly share with others what it was like for that person to go through the process of finally admitting that a problem like alcoholism, addiction or depression existed, reaching out for help, and finally escaping their misery and returning to a life that is happy, joyous and free.

The common recovery story focuses on three areas: 1) What it was like; 2) What happened; and 3) What it is like now.

Hearing a story of recovery can be of great benefit to someone who is currently suffering, is feeling isolated, and is reticent to admit a problem and seek help. For one, it demonstrates that one’s problems are not unique and they are not alone. It is also helpful to hear from someone who has stood in those same shoes and successfully obtained help. In short, it provides genuine hope and trust and those are the very foundations upon which your recovery can be built as well.

If you would like to speak to someone who has faced the same issue(s) that you are now confronted with, call LAP for a referral to a volunteer on the LSBA Committee on Alcohol and Drug Abuse who has personal experience with the troubles you are experiencing. Your call to LAP and your conversation with a JLAP volunteer are confidential as a matter of law and you do not have to give your name.

Call JLAP at (985) 778-0571 or send an e-mail to jlap@louisianajlap.com.

Related Resources

Louisiana Bar Journal Articles by Buddy Stockwell:
June/July 2013 – The Miracles of Recovery
Read more LSBA articles written by Buddy Stockwell >>