Alabama Lawyer Assistance Program (ALAP)

Purpose

The Purpose of the Alabama Lawyer Assistance Program is to provide immediate and continuing help to lawyers, judges and law students who suffer from addictions and other types of mental health disorders.

ALAP

  • Understands alcohol/drug addictions are progressive illnesses that only get worse without help. ALAP offers confidential intervention and assistance before ethical conduct is compromised or discipline warranted.
  • Understands that depression is a major illness and that the rate of depression in members of the legal community is substantially higher than that of the general population. The Lawyer Assistance Program offers intervention, monitoring and referral resources for legal professionals suffering from depression and stress.
  • Understands educating the bench and bar about the signs and symptoms associated with these illnesses promotes awareness and encourages an atmosphere conducive to getting help. ALAP offers educational programs to local bar associations, judicial conferences and law schools throughout the state.

Lawyers are as vulnerable to personal and professional problems as anyone else. Few occupations are as stressful as the practice of law. Competition, long hours and high expectations and win-lose scenarios can wear down even the most competent and energetic lawyer. This can lead to depression, stress, career problems, relationship issues, financial problems, or alcohol and substance abuse.

If you are having difficulty with depression, stress or an addiction problem, we can help. We are the Alabama Lawyer Assistance Program. We provide confidential intervention and referral services to the Alabama legal community. Difficult situations and problems are not bad; they are opportunities to grow. You are NOT ALONE.

For immediate confidential help for yourself or another lawyer call: (334) 834-7576 or 24-hour hotline (334) 224-6920.

National Judges’ Helpline Toll Free 1-800-219-6474.