Intervention Business Helps Attorney's Own Recovery

, The Connecticut Law Tribune


The road to recovery for a veteran trial lawyer who confronted his own drinking problem has created an unexpected business opportunity -- leading interventions for families dealing with substance abuse problems. Steven Varney found that handling interventions for others filled a void created in his life after his law license was suspended for two years.

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  • AddictionMyth

    How do you defend child abusers? Drinking! Many criminal defense attorneys turn to drinking and drugs to soothe a troubled conscience. And they also turn to AA because it's a great place to hone your skills for dealing with liars and trouble makers (who populate the rooms).

    But no, they are not really addicts.

    People drink and drug to excess for a variety of reasons. I know of a man who drank in self-destructive revenge against a power hungry wife who systematically emasculated him. He might have been gay too. So he escaped by drinking too much. Eventually he left her. Too bad it took so long for him to realize that's what she wanted all along -- would have prevented many hangovers. Now he actually has a web site dedicated to the science of addiction. (Can you say denial?)

  • Steve Castleman

    Addiction is a chronic, progressive brain disease. It's treatable. Perhaps not as successfully as one might like, but on a par with other chronic diseases that require substantial behavioral change, like diabetes and hypertension.

    Unfortunately, many people still don't believe addiction is a disease. That's why science-based education is so important.

    For a not-for-profit website that discusses the science of substance use and abuse in accessible English (how alcohol and drugs work in the brain; how addiction develops; why addiction is a chronic, progressive brain disease; what parts of the brain malfunction as a result of substance abuse; how that malfunction skews decision-making and motivation, resulting in addict behaviors; why some get addicted while others don't; how treatment works; how well treatment works; why relapse is common; what family and friends can do; etc.) please click on

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