Who is a LAP Trained Volunteer
Our volunteers give their time and assistance because they know that their participation is valuable and directly benefits the legal profession. They find it personally rewarding to help others. LAP has volunteer opportunities for attorneys, judges, and law students who are in recovery from chemical dependency or mental health problems, as well as for those who are not in recovery, and simply want to help.
Participation in a training session does not obligate an individual to become a LAP volunteer, but it is a prerequisite to serving in a volunteer capacity. Some legal professionals attend these training events to improve their understanding of addiction and mental health problems and how these issues affect the profession.
You may call or email the LAP office is you wish to be notified of the next volunteer training session.
Volunteers in Recovery
Paying it Forward
Personal recovery in a twelve-step program such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Al-Anon provides an excellent foundation for understanding addiction. It also gives credibility to the hope offered the subject of an intervention that recovery is possible and can be successful. LAP feels so strongly about this factor that it requires that at least one member of an intervention team be in recovery from the illness afflicting the subject.
Persons in recovery do need to be aware that LAP intervention work is not the same as twelve step work. Successful intervention work requires a clear conceptual understanding of what the intervention is designed to do: get the subject to accept help.
Volunteers Not in Recovery
More than Just Addiction
These non-recovering volunteers do understand how addiction and mental illness can impair legal professionals. Like all our volunteers, they are a prime example of the good that comes when those within a profession are concerned for their fellow professionals and want to help.