“The Addicted Lawyer” Part I-Law School Chaos

BrianCubanThis is part one in a new blog series about my journey through law school and as a practicing attorney while also dealing with mental health challenges. I went through the law school process when the word “recovery” in a competitive, graduate education environment was virtually unheard of beyond quiet, whispered circles. While there is still stigma to be broken, today there are resources available at schools both undergraduate and graduate that I never dreamed of. It is my hope that by sharing my experiences I will empower both law students and lawyers to deal with their challenges and seek help. Even in the most competitive of environments, seeking help is not shameful or weak. That first step forward is the epitome of strength and courage. Give yourself that chance.

 September 1986. A beautiful, brisk and sunny fall day in my hometown of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. I was sweating like it was the worst, humid July-day Pittsburgh had to offer. I walked through the wide glass doors of the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law. I was a officially a first year law student, a “1L.”

I was lost and overwhelmed before I had finished my first step into the expansive lobby. Not unusual feelings for a twenty-five year old entering a new phase of life, especially the stressful and competitive law school environment. My reasons were not the usual ones.

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Motivational Speakers You Should Bookmark Now

10420027_10152885347148028_4223912836897604108_nMotivational speakers can be extremely helpful to anyone with personal demons or struggles. Because we all deal with adversity, I wanted to give you a quick run-down on nine motivational speakers I am personally familiar with  you should bookmark now – in no particular order.

1. Jenni Schaefer – Through personal and technical understanding, Jenni has shared her knowledge on facing adversity. She published two books discussing her experiences taking control of her life after battling an eating disorder: Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Tooand Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life. She also joined forces with Dr. Jennifer J. Thomas Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, to complete Almost Anorexic: Is My (or My Loved One’s) Relationship with Food a Problem?. This work has combined knowledge via personal experience and research and clinical practice to offer readers a unique self-help book.  Jenni is also an accomplished musician. Learn more about Jenni Schaefer by visiting www.jennischaefer.com   You can follow Jenni on Twitter at @JenniSchaefer
2. Chris Herren – Chris’s recovery from addiction after a heroin overdose in 2008 has led him to spearhead efforts to aid those reaching out desperately for help in recovering from addiction. The Herren Project came out of these efforts and the aim is to help one person or one family at a time by mentoring, initiating education opportunities, offering aid in maneuvering treatment plans and increasing public awareness. Anyone suffering from addiction or at risk for addiction from alcohol or drugs can reach out for help from his non-profit foundation, The Herren Project. Chris’s story has also reached others through increasing public awareness and education on substance abuse and through his book, Basketball Junkie and a film documenting his journey, “Unguarded”. Learn more about Chris Herren by visiting www.theherrenproject.org  You can follow Chris on twitter at @ch_herren  and The Herren Project at @herrenproject

3. Dr. Ralph Carson – For over thirty years, Dr. Carson has used a neuropsychobiological approach to clinically treat eating disorders, obesity and addictions. His educational background in medical training, nutrition, exercise and nutrition and the impact on brain health that these areas can have makes him a unique individual and very insightful as a board member for the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. He has also worked to develop workshops for professional groups by collaboration with Academy Medical Systems and his book, The Brain Fix, has been well received as well. Learn more about Dr. Ralph Carson by visiting www.ralphcarson.com

4. Gary Mendell – After the loss of his son, Brian, to addiction in 2011, Gary became the founder and CEO of Shatterproof. This organization aims to end the stigma surrounding those facing addiction and to protect children from addiction.  Gary has set out to stop other families from having to suffer as his did with the loss of his son and Shatterproof is making great grass-roots strides to do this putting on rappelling events at cities around the country. Learn more about Gary Mendell by visiting www.shatterproof.org  You can follow Gary on twitter at @gary_mendell and his nonprofit, “Shatterproof” at @shatterproofHQ

5. Rebecca Cooper – With an extensive history of personal experience as well as a solid background in the psychology of eating disorders and recovery, Rebecca is a leading expert in the fields of disordered eating, food addiction and eating disorders. She has founded the first transitional residence for women dealing with eating disorders, Rebecca’s House. In addition, Rebecca has authored a book, Diets Don’t Work, as well as a step-wise program for the recovery from disordered eating. She has also founded Rebecca’s Eating Disordered Foundation, a non-profit providing scholarships for patients in need of eating disorder treatment. Learn more about Rebecca Cooper by visiting www.rebeccacooper.com You can follow Rebecca on Twitter at @quitdieting

6. Jenn Friedman – An additional voice on recovery from eating disorders, Jenn has released both a book, Eating Disorders on the Wire: Music and Metaphor as Pathways to Recovery, as well as a full-length album, On The Wire, that give life to the experience of an eating disorder via metaphors. She makes weekly videos for the WeRFreEDomFighters YouTube channel and has also spread her knowledge and experience at performances and discussions at recovery events and schools. Learn more about Jenn Friedman by visiting  www.jennfriedman.com

7. Benjamin O’Keefe – A rising motivational speaker and inspiration to many, Benjamin offers an individual but relatable experience dealing with eating disorders and facing adversity. As a speaker, writer, TV personality and actor, Benjamin has a bright future inspiring and motivating many to overcome their personal demons and will especially impact those facing eating disorders. Learn more about Benjamin O’Keefe by visiting www.benjaminokeefe.com

You can follow Ben on twitter at @Benjaminokeefe

8.   Dr. Louise Stranger – A expert physician with over 35 year’s experience in conducting interventions and working with families. She has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and specializes in substance abuse disorders, process addictions, mental health disorders, sudden trauma, grief and loss. Dr. Stranger works hand in hand with professionals, therapists, and treatment centers to ensure a family’s success and her greatest strength is her ability to create movement within a family. She will work with a family as long as it takes, with interventions ranging from a few hours to several weeks.Learn more about Dr. Louise Stranger by visiting www.allaboutinterventions.com

9. Brian Cuban– Brian’s nearly life-long battle with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) has given him a great deal of understanding and wisdom to offer others. His memoir, Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder, gives readers his journey battling BDD, eating disorders and adversity. As a public voice that gives males someone to look to when they are struggling with an eating disorder or BDD, Brian is a much needed inspiration. Learn more about Brian Cuban by visiting www.briancuban.com 

You can follow Brian on Twitter at @bcuban


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The opening of my keynote at UNITE 2015 Youth In Recovery Conference at Drexel University


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The Greatest Gift My Father Gave Me

10418993_10152989833143028_4935549551731506700_nApril 9th 2007.  I am broken.  I am lost.  By walking into Alcoholics Anonymous the day before and accepting my desire chip, I have taken that leap of faith and my first step into recovery. That first step forward we all must take to survive regardless of the mode of recovery chosen. I am still missing something however.  I am missing that conversation.  The conversation of a thirteen-year-old boy and his dad.  A conversation about being bullied, feeling ugly, a difficult relationship with his mother, feeling so alone in his bedroom wanting to be loved. Not understanding that he is loved.  Too afraid of being told he is not.

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