If drugs are affecting you or someone you know and their health, relationships, work, finances or other life situations, please contact us for support.

Substance abuse stats for Lawyers

The legal profession creates an environment where it is easy to develop a substance use disorder. The responsibilities of the job can also cause a number of mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. The combination of these factors can lead to further substance abuse.

It is common for lawyers with substance use disorders to sacrifice their own well-being in order to reach work goals. Social and family relationships also may suffer.

Lawyers tend to possess the ability to dominate conversations, meetings and relationships. They are often skilled at diverting attention away from themselves, which can exacerbate their substance use disorder and make it more difficult for loved ones to convince them to get help.

Types of Drugs


These make you feel:

  • relaxed
  • chilled out
  • mellow

These make you feel:

  • energetic
  • alert
  • talkative
  • active
  • very excited

These make you feel:

  • a rush of pleasure
  • in a dreamy state
  • drowsy

These vary a lot. They may make you feel:

  • detached from your surroundings
  • mood swings
  • alerted sense of space and time
  • hallucinations, illusions and distortions of reality
  • feelings of insight
  • mystical or religious experiences

Signs of drugs use

Symptoms of drug use disorders may differ as each drug has different effects. Here are some general symptoms associated with drug use:

  • bloodshot eyes or pupils
  • changes in appetite or sleep patterns
  • deterioration of physical appearance
  • unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing
  • tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination
  • drop in attendance and/or performance at work
  • unexplained need for money or financial problems
  • engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors
  • frequently getting into trouble
  • unexplained change in personality or attitude
  • sudden mood swings, irritability
  • periods of unusual hyperactivity
  • lack of motivation
  • appears fearful, anxious, paranoid with no reason
Additional Resources:

Related Areas


Take a Test