Lawyers and judges are some of the most at-risk professionals when it comes to the development of mental health and substance use disorders. The significant stress inherent in the practice of law can lead to or exacerbate anxiety, depression and alcohol and drug misuse, which can have devastating consequences both personally and professionally.
This video reenactment portrays the real-life events that transpired in the journey of attorney Laurie Besden. Her drug addiction led her to prison and the suspension of her license to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Ms. Besden's inspirational odyssey from a life in pieces to long-term recovery and eventual reinstatement serves as both a cautionary tale and a beacon of hope for other legal professionals in distress.
The very judge who sentenced her, the actual arresting officer, prosecutor and others involved in these events appear in this reenactment to provide their valuable perspective on Ms. Besden’s journey as well. Hers is a story about addiction, loss and transformational recovery, which clearly illustrates that nothing is hopeless and no one should ever give up, because a miracle may be just five minutes away.
Help is available through LCL:
One in three attorneys will need the help and support such as what Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers provides. If you, a family member or colleague is suffering with a substance use and/or mental health disorder, contact LCL’s Confidential Helpline for free, safe and supportive services 24/7/365. Call 888-999-1941. Information is available online at www.lclpa.org. You are not alone and you never have to feel this way again.