Winter 2004. Las Vegas. Miami. Los Angeles. All places that hide my secrets. Drugs delivered to my hotel room in Vegas. Coke deals done with quick hand-to-hand exchanges under the cover of darkness just feet from the calming waves of
Addiction took me to many low places during my career as a lawyer. One of those places was as the classic “ambulance chaser.” I use the term knowing that it has a negative stereotype. There are many outstanding personal
The other day I caught the headline about a class-action against 20 pharmaceutical companies. Nothing earth shaking there. These lawsuits are well-publicized. What caught my eye was the first nine words of the story. Words that when I see them
In some ways, Charles was a law student who would make a proud parent He graduated with Latin honors. He swept his 2L intra-school Moot Court competition. He was a Summer Associate at a V100 firm in New York City.
I recently spoke at the University of Kentucky College of Law and Emory University School of Law. At the beginning of the talk as I always do, I provided my “résumé of dysfunction.” Part of that résumé, in addition to
I was watching the Winter Olympics and happened to catch an interview with skater Adam Rippon (who by the way, bravely came out with his eating disorder struggle). Alan was giving an interview discussing his emotions after a skating performance.
Gambling addiction is incredibly stigmatized in the legal profession. It is known as a “process disorder.” It is often accompanied by devastating results to legal careers, personal lives, and families if not dealt with early on. You only have to
I loved and hated New Year’s resolutions. I loved the hope and fantasy of a new Brian. I hated the loss of that hope. I remember my resolutions in college and law school. Study harder. Be more outgoing. Make some
I have never taken Adderall. In my baby boomer, Pitt Law days, I relied on hot coffee, “Vivarin,” and “NoDoz” for those law school pre-exam all-nighters on the rare occasions I studied. Once cocaine became part of my life,
There are two major 12-step based groups for alcohol. One is, of course, Alcoholics Anonymous. The other is Celebrate Recovery, which is Christian based. In order to comply with the