Many years ago, a client asked me to find an alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous and their intervention process for a BigLaw partner who was drinking too much. She knew it was not a fit for him. I began to do the research and entered a labyrinth of poorly-proven assertions about AA and of its stakeholders wrongly saying those 12 steps are the only way - a BIG industry.
I was reminded of that long-ago project by two recent articles: "High-Functioning Alcoholic Lawyers May Defy Stereotypes" (ABA Journal) and "High-Functioning Alcoholics: Lawyers Are Not Above The “Bar” (The Conplete Lawyer). Both seem to accept the disease model which my research did not validate.
Through my client, this partner was put in touch with a non-disease-model therapist Dr. Chad Emrick. The result was excellent. In my investigation, I learned of the work of Dr. Stanton Peel. Our culture tells us that AA is the only answer. Definitely not true. Read what Peel has to say.