We all know the practice of law is a stressful occupation. Annual surveys routinely place lawyers near the top of the list. With such stress tends to come the need for a coping response of equal magnitude. Sadly, many of these coping responses can be maladaptive and downright unhealthy. One such coping response is the use of mind-altering substances. The practice of law has a long-standing and often tragic relationship with alcohol in particular. Books such as “The Addicted Lawyer,” “Smacked” and “Girl Walks Out of a Bar,” give intimate and harrowing portrayals of substance use in the profession. Finding one’s way out of a substance use disorder can be an agonizing journey, particularly when denial and resistance are obstacles in the path. Intervention is one way to counter and overcome these obstacles and recovery is the long-term solution.