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International Lawyers in Alcoholics
History - Philosophy
Purpose as a Group...
to act as a bridge between reluctant (in denial) Lawyers/Judges
and Alcoholics Anonymous.
own experiences and 12 step work have demonstrated that
lawyers and judges have a fear (borne of ignorance) about
A.A. Once denial of the substance abuse problem is overcome,
there still remains the reluctance to "go public"
by attending A.A. meetings.
sharing our own experiences, I.L.A.A. members demonstrate
that "going A.A. public" is not so bad and in
fact is necessary for continued (one-day-at-a-time) sobriety.
it group therapy--call it what you will-- IT WORKS!!
I.L.A.A. was founded...
September 1975 at a meeting in Niagara Falls, Ontario, at
which twenty lawyers were present; sixteen from Canada and
four from the United States. This was the first opportunity
for members of the legal profession to share their A.A.
second annual convention was in Buffalo in September of
1976 and again there were about twenty. The convention started
on Friday evening with a real down-to-earth sharing session.
We talked about a lot of things: ourselves, our drinking,
and what we were looking for in such a group. Insofar as
our drinking stories were concerned, there was a lot of
good, solid, relevant identification. We were not alone.
All kinds of difficulties experienced in the practice of
law, as a result of booze, we shared."
Saturday morning, we focused on problems encountered in
our practice when A.A. principles or policies were involved.
When and under what circumstances should we divulge our
affiliation with A.A.? What can or should we do if we see
another lawyer colleague in difficulty as a result of booze?
One central thread was the many opportunities for service
that lawyers have in carrying the message of A.A. The conclusion
was that with caution, sensitivity and a keen eye on A.A.
principles, we could do much to carry the message, without
risking our professional reputations or practices."
I.S., Hartford, Connecticut
from an article in the A.A. Grapevine, September, 1977.)
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