Attorneys, Judges & Legal Professionals
Nationally known for excellence
Judges, attorneys and other legal professionals are gaining more attention for becoming a high-risk group to abuse alcohol and other substances. Whether due to the socialization aspect within the profession, the hours spent studying or preparing cases, or even the personality styling of those who enter the legal profession, studies show a higher rate of substance use disorders in lawyers compared to the national average.
When attorneys, judges, other legal professionals and law students need help overcoming addiction, they turn to the UF Health Florida Recovery Center. We have earned their trust as the hub for national addiction experts in research and evidence-based treatment. Our approach shows over a five-year period that more than 80% of impaired professionals in our care succeeded in recovery and returned to work.
Led by Medical Director Scott Teitelbaum, MD, our treatment team achieves this by working with employers, Bar Associations, and Judges and Lawyers Assistance Programs from all over the country to help professionals return to successful careers. Every state advocacy program has different requirements and expectations. With the experience and knowledge our team has, we tailor treatment needs to best support individual needs and anticipatory guidance unique to each patient.
Working in the legal profession and finding yourself in need of treatment can be a daunting situation. At UF Health Florida Recovery Center, we provide an ideal environment for recovery behind a unique blend of ongoing, effective therapies in a private, comfortable setting. This solace is also found through integration in the large, local professional recovery community.
Our nationally acclaimed attorneys’ treatment program offers:
- Diagnosis of substance use and mental health disorders
- Recommendations for treatment
- Specialized treatment groups for legal professionals
- Family programming
- Connecting current patients to recovering lawyers in their local home town
- Return to work assistance, including coaching and guidance, for employee and employer
Full continuum of care, including:
- Independent single-day or multi-day medical evaluations
- Withdrawal management (detox)
- Individual, group and family therapy
The UF Health Florida Recovery Center treatment track for impaired professionals is recognized by the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the Annenberg Foundation as one of the nation’s top treatment, research and training programs. Through different levels of care, our team offers various treatment activities, including individual and group therapy, recovery exercises and educational sessions focused on living in sobriety.