Members of the State Bar are eligible for participation in a program aimed at helping attorneys dealing with emotional and physical health problems affecting both their personal and professional lives.
Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) — The LAP provides confidential rehabilitation support for attorneys dealing with substance abuse or mental illness. Professional help is also available to attorneys suffering from stress, burnout, depression or chemical dependency. 877-LAP 4 HELP (877-527-4435)
Our new video series features participants in the Lawyer Assistance Program as well as State Bar officials, counselors and medical specialists who run it. Watch the first part of a new State Bar video series.(5:07 minutes)
Want to know more? Watch part two of "The Lawyer Assistance Program Experience." (Written transcripts of Part 1 and Part 2 are also available for the hearing-impaired.)
Have you ever been depressed, anxious, or concerned about your use of alcohol or drugs? If so, we encourage you to complete one or more of the self-assessment tests listed below.
Although these tests cannot serve as a substitute for a professional evaluation, the results can help decide if you should contact the Lawyer Assistance Program for a more thorough professional assessment.
Get information about the LAP Oversight Committee.
Receive a low-cost self-study package approved for one hour of MCLE credit in the prevention of substance abuse.
For questions email the program at LAP@calbar.ca.gov.
Useful resources on the web
The Other Bar www.otherbar.org
A confidential counseling and referral resource for California lawyers, judges, law students and their families for help with alcoholism, drug abuse and related personal problems.
Lawyer's LifeRing www.unhooked.com/lawyers
LifeRing is a program of peer support groups for members of the legal community contemplating the beginning of a new chapter in their lives, free of drugs and alcohol.
Resources on health and aging
Various studies link financial health with your physical health. But with a little planning you can ward off those problems. Find out why stress from money problems can hurt your physical health with information from the National Institute on Aging.