The Addicted Lawyer
Substance use disorders have always been higher than the societal norm in the legal profession. Most lawyers know someone in the legal profession whose career was either lost or significantly harmed due to addiction. Attorneys and law students like anyone else can be genetically pre-disposed to alcoholism, substance use disorders, depression, eating disorders and even adult self-harm. The stress of practicing law can be an environmental trigger to these issues. The associated shame and fear of judgment can inhibit a lawyer from disclosing these issues until there both physical and employment consequences. Brian Cuban discusses his experiences with mental health issues, both as a law student at the University Of Pittsburgh and practicing attorney in Dallas Texas for over twenty years. Brian discusses his recovery, redefining his career as well as restoring family and passion for life.
The Chaos of Addiction
It is possible to pull out of the descent into the chaos of drug addiction. Restoring love of self, trust, family relationships and career. Brian Cuban, younger brother of Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank Shark, Mark Cuban, describes this descent which took him through two trips to a psychiatric facility and the brink of suicide. How he was able to not only recover but redefine his career as a successful lawyer and ultimately find his true passion in life.
It is possible to rise above our worst moments in life, reinvent ourselves, and achieve great things. Brian discusses his journey through clinical depression, twenty-seven years of eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorder, alcohol and drug addiction. A journey that took him from an 18-year-old anorexia/bulimic to the brink of suicide at 45 years old. To then finally turn it around, walk away from a successful legal career, restoring himself, his family relationships, and finding his true passion in life.
One Step Forward Into Eating Disorder Recovery & Awareness
Did you know that eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness? Do you know that an estimated 30-35 percent of those suffering are men?
Brian Cuban is amongst a select few male speakers in the world sharing his first person story of eating disorder recovery on a national level. He was anorexic at eighteen years old. He transitioned into bulimia at nineteen and did not go into recovery until he was forty-five. In one step forward into eating disorder recovery, through powerful storytelling, humor and education, Cuban presents the tools he used through his recovery journey, tools he continues to use today. He discusses how those suffering as well as friends and family can use Empathy, Education, Empowerment Voice and Action (EEVA) to take that first step and empower others to do the same.
I Am Your Child: The Dangers of Steroid Abuse
Steroid use has the potential to be destructive both short term and long term. Brian Cuban is living proof. He first began using anabolic steroids in his mid-twenties, another destructive behavior of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), a psychological disorder in which a person becomes obsessed with their appearance or self-image. After starving himself, binging and purging, and excessive exercise bulimia, Cuban turned to steroids. Spending thousands of dollars on black market steroids, risking arrest and all the physical side effects, some temporary, some permanent. Almost losing his left leg after ignoring a staph infection brought on by using dirty needles, Cuban required major surgery, and to this day continues to have leg and other health problems as a result.
Through his personal journey, Brian Cuban has come to believe that our society can and should keep addressing the behaviors that lead to steroid abuse. In this presentation, Cuban lays out what he believes are the preventive measures to address this difficult issue, from legally prohibiting and punishing possession and distribution, through raising awareness through education, and re-examining the messages (by media, coaches, mentors) imposed on children about their self-image and self-worth.
“Tikkun Olam, a Mental Health Recovery Journey: Repairing The World by Repairing Your World”
In the Jewish faith, “Tikkun Olam” means “Repair The World”. The pursuit of social justice and action. In order to effectively “repair the world ” and effect change however, we must first be taking care of ourselves. Brian Cuban, a lawyer by trade and a secular Jew, describes how he had to repair himself from serious mental health challenges to reevaluate his goals in life, change course, and begin to engage in his pursuit of social action and justice. Helping others suffering from mental health challenges to repair their world and the world in general.
The Oklahoma Eating Disorders Association was thrilled to have Brian Cuban as our keynote speaker for our annual community outreach event, Conversations of Hope. His authentic and powerful story of recovery offered insight and hope to a diverse audience. Mr. Cuban beautifully integrated humor into a serious topic which kept the audience engaged and made for a wonderful evening. We highly recommend him as a professional speaker and consider it a privilege to have heard his story.