Hidden under the high-pressure, high-stakes life of a lawyer can be the need for a debilitating crutch.
When Chuck Rice was a corporate defense lawyer, it was alcohol and cocaine.
It’s a frequent but little-known problem among lawyers, who are nearly twice as likely to abuse alcohol as the general population and also suffer an elevated rate of depression.
Rice spun through treatment twice after colleagues urged him to seek help. But each time he returned to the same long hours and crushing pressure, only to relapse. He finally overcame his addictions 15 years ago with help from Hazelden, the treatment center near Center City, Minn.
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