How To Work Hard Play Hard and Not

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How To Work Hard, Play Hard and Not Implode By: Carol P. Waldhauser, Executive

How To Work Hard, Play Hard and Not Implode By: Carol P. Waldhauser, Executive Director The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program (DE-LAP) & R. Judson Scaggs, Jr. , Esq. [email protected] org

THE OUTLINE Work Hard/The High Wire Act: Working in the legal profession while abusing

THE OUTLINE Work Hard/The High Wire Act: Working in the legal profession while abusing alcohol and/or drugs Play Hard/Nature and Extent of Substance Abuse/Dependence in the legal profession Imploding/Terminator: How its negative impact on the work environment shows no discrimination [email protected] org

BEING A LAWYER According to the Rules of Professional Conduct an attorney must be

BEING A LAWYER According to the Rules of Professional Conduct an attorney must be fit. The astute attorney, however, understands that fitness means more than just fitness of legal expertise; it means also those qualities of physical, mental and psychological health that enables a lawyer to carry out the demands and the responsibilities to their clients and to their profession. More specifically, the fit attorney practices law while practicing personal wellness. Wellness leads to a balanced life-style. Data supports that without a balance life-style; lawyers are at high risk to burnout. [email protected] org

Work Load: Look & Feel Familiar? cwaldhauser@de-lap. org

Work Load: Look & Feel Familiar? [email protected] org

MUST BE ALWAYS AT YOUR BEST! cwaldhauser@de-lap. org

MUST BE ALWAYS AT YOUR BEST! [email protected] org

A PRIMARY PROBLEM: STRESS The “wear and tear” the body goes through as it

A PRIMARY PROBLEM: STRESS The “wear and tear” the body goes through as it adjusts to the constantly changing environment. The Biological response that prepares our bodies either for fight or flight Events vs. Perception [email protected] org

LAP’S REALITY BOMB n Lawyer’s are said to be disportionately at risk for problems

LAP’S REALITY BOMB n Lawyer’s are said to be disportionately at risk for problems related to alcohol. n Reports of lawyer unhappiness and of lawyers leaving the profession have been widely noted. n We know also that depression, fatigue, “burnout”, and substance abuse can, and do, adversely affect the quality of service to clients & hamper academic success. [email protected] org

Lawyers vs. Public RE: Depression cwaldhauser@de-lap. org

Lawyers vs. Public RE: Depression [email protected] org

Psychological Distress 2. 27% cwaldhauser@de-lap. org

Psychological Distress 2. 27% [email protected] org

LAWYER DISTRESS: A Constant 20%? cwaldhauser@de-lap. org

LAWYER DISTRESS: A Constant 20%? [email protected] org

Work Hard: The High Wire Act Without a Net! Working in the legal profession

Work Hard: The High Wire Act Without a Net! Working in the legal profession while abusing alcohol and/or drugs: [email protected] org

UNHEALTHY COPING STRATEGIES n AVOIDANCE – chemical use, isolation, postponing decisions, denying the problem

UNHEALTHY COPING STRATEGIES n AVOIDANCE – chemical use, isolation, postponing decisions, denying the problem n Fighting battles that cannot be won – focusing on problems beyond our control – also increases feelings of helplessness n Impulsive behaviors – poorly planned or emotional responses n One behavior for all problems. [email protected] org

Advances in science have revolutionized our fundamental views of drug abuse and addiction. cwaldhauser@de-lap.

Advances in science have revolutionized our fundamental views of drug abuse and addiction. [email protected] org

Addiction is Like Other Diseases… Ø It is preventable Ø It is treatable Decreased

Addiction is Like Other Diseases… Ø It is preventable Ø It is treatable Decreased Heart Metabolism Ø Metabolism It changes biology Decreased Brain in Heart Patient in Drug ØAbuser If untreated, it can last a. Disease lifetime H g h Healthy Brain Diseased Brain/ Cocaine Abuser Low Healthy Heart Diseased Heart Research supported by NIDA addresses all of these [email protected] org components of addiction.

HOW TO work hard, play hard and not implode cwaldhauser@de-lap. org

HOW TO work hard, play hard and not implode [email protected] org

WHAT CONTRIBUTES TO BURNOUT n Stress n Early physical or sexual abuse n Witnessing

WHAT CONTRIBUTES TO BURNOUT n Stress n Early physical or sexual abuse n Witnessing violence n Peers who use drugs n Drug availability [email protected] org

ALCOHOLISM Percentage of Alcoholic Drinkers cwaldhauser@de-lap. org

ALCOHOLISM Percentage of Alcoholic Drinkers [email protected] org

Why Do People Abuse Drugs? Drugs of Abuse Engage Motivation and Pleasure Pathways of

Why Do People Abuse Drugs? Drugs of Abuse Engage Motivation and Pleasure Pathways of the Brain [email protected] org

Vulnerability Why do some people become addicted to drugs while others do not? cwaldhauser@de-lap.

Vulnerability Why do some people become addicted to drugs while others do not? [email protected] org

Genetics is a Big Contributor to the Risk of Addiction… and The Nature of

Genetics is a Big Contributor to the Risk of Addiction… and The Nature of this Contribution Is Extremely Complex [email protected] org

Play Hard? THE TERMINATOR – Drinking & Driving: cwaldhauser@de-lap. org

Play Hard? THE TERMINATOR – Drinking & Driving: [email protected] org

REAL PEOPLE Who's judgment may have been clouded by alcohol…… Jackass star Ryan Dunn

REAL PEOPLE Who's judgment may have been clouded by alcohol…… Jackass star Ryan Dunn had received at least 23 driving citations in the 13 years before his fatal car accident Monday. Pennsylvania police say they believe Dunn, 34, was driving at least 130 m. p. h. when his Porsche 911 GT 3 veered off the road, slammed through a guardrail, tumbled into a wooded ravine, hit a tree, and burst into flames. [email protected] org

If you think that this only happens to other people, think again. cwaldhauser@de-lap. org

If you think that this only happens to other people, think again. [email protected] org

THE KEY TO BETTER INFORMED DECISIONS 1. But I only had two drinks while

THE KEY TO BETTER INFORMED DECISIONS 1. But I only had two drinks while watching the game at the bar 2. Remember, not all drinks are created equal. 3. Just because an alcoholic beverage is served in a single container doesn’t mean that it’s just one drink. ( Remember the beer with a shot? ) I can drive! [email protected] org Hmm, maybe I should call a cab/or have a designated driver? I better – after all I call the shots!

The three C’s: Choose not to Drink & Drive Choose not to Binge Carry

The three C’s: Choose not to Drink & Drive Choose not to Binge Carry the message not the body. And you can still choose to…… [email protected] org

LAUGH MORE cwaldhauser@de-lap. org

LAUGH MORE [email protected] org

Solution: Wellbeing and how to recharge n A stress free life would be boring.

Solution: Wellbeing and how to recharge n A stress free life would be boring. Of course, a stressed out life can lead to burnout and worse. Try these suggested stress-relievers to gain more tranquility away from the office……. . Enjoy Cheering Your team on! Eat Healthier [email protected] org Walk more Laugh & Smile More

WWW. DE-LAP. ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION cwaldhauser@de-lap. org

WWW. DE-LAP. ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION [email protected] org

DE-LAP Confidential assistance for judges and lawyers. Confidential assessment, referral, support and guidance Peer

DE-LAP Confidential assistance for judges and lawyers. Confidential assessment, referral, support and guidance Peer assistance is at the forefront of the program: lawyers helping lawyers/judges helping judges Toll – free: (877_ 243 -3527) or PRIVATE: (302) 777 -0124 E-mail: [email protected] org www. de-lap. org [email protected] org