EXCLUSIVE: Brian Cuban – If Lawyers Acknowledge They Have A Problem It’s A Weakness
This week, we are running a series of posts with Brian Cuban, who recently wrote the book The Addicted Lawyer: Tales Of The Bar, Booze, Blow, and Redemption.
Yesterday, Cuban talked about the law profession being one in crisis, and in today’s feature, we questioned him on if he thinks lawyers tend to want to bury the realities of drug and alcohol problems so that no one associates it with the profession. We also asked if this was part of the reason for him wanting to bring it to the forefront in his book.
“I think it is much more personal than that,” Cuban shared. “Lawyers tend to not want to talk about it, because to do so is to acknowledge having an issue and therefore a ‘weakness’ that could cost someone his/her law license, clients etc.”
“We are a profession of thinkers who tend to believe we can ‘think’ our way through a drinking or drug problem,” he continued. “In reality, it often means we are trying to manipulate our way through, it putting off the problem until it blows up in our faces.”
“In talking to lawyers dealing with these issues, one of the biggest barriers I have to breach is helping them get to a place of realizing that acknowledging a problem is not weakness,” Cuban added. “It is strength. It is courage. It is part of resilience. To bring them to a place of realizing that without recovery, whatever problems they are facing in the present will only get exponentially worse in the future.”
“That was a big reason in writing The Addicted Lawyer,” Cuban wrapped with saying. “There are many stories of resilience.”
Stay tuned tomorrow for our third segment with Cuban.