Chemical Addictions

Members of the legal profession are almost twice as likely to suffer from substance abuse than the general population. Fortunately, chemical addictions are treatable. Alcoholism, for example, may readily be arrested and its ill effects completely alleviated, through abstinence from mood altering substances. If you, or someone you know, has a substance addiction, MAP can help.

By providing guidance and support, the Maine Assistance Program assists lawyers in dealing with a potentially fatal condition so that through recovery they may return to happy and productive lives.

Alcohol symptoms include:

  • Inability to limit the amount of alcohol you consume
  • Feeling a strong need to drink
  • Developing tolerance – increasing amounts to feel the effects
  • Drinking alone or in secret
  • Drinking at work
  • Hiding the amount of your drinking from family and friends
  • Making a ritual of having drinks at certain times and becoming annoyed if the ritual is disturbed or questioned
  • Gulping drinks, ordering doubles, becoming intoxicated intentionally to feel good
  • Not remembering conversations or commitments made when drinking
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms – nausea, sweating, or shaking – when you don’t drink
  • Conflict with friends or family over the amount of your drinking
  • Problems with work productivity, finances or relationships due to drinking

If you or a colleague think you might have a problem with alcohol or drugs, contact MAP right away. We can assist you to find the help you need.

Behavioral Addictions:

Members of the legal profession also suffer from addictions that involve behavior rather than substances. Such conditions are known as Process Addictions, and include compulsive gambling, eating disorders, internet addiction, compulsive shopping, and addiction to sex or pornography. MAP is available to assist anyone suffering from a process addiction.