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ence tends to increase the likelihood that distressed lawyers will accept
their assistance. The camaraderie of the volunteer community helps the
distressed person overcome the shame they are often experiencing.
When someone calls LAPBC, not only is the identity of the caller
protected, but the confidential nature of the information conveyed to
LAPBC is also guarded. We treat each communication with complete
Even with the assurance of confidentiality many people are reluctant to
call LAPBC because they “just don’t want to get themselves or someone else
in trouble.” Sometimes truly caring and informed lawyers, judges, partners
and friends will not make that first call because they fear repercussions.
This reluctance extends to family members who may not like the problem
they are living with, but fear that any change may affect their own security.
It takes courage to confront these issues. We at LAPBC can assure you
that we will treat your identity and the information we receive from you as
confidential. We will take steps to reach out to the distressed person in a
manner that is as kind and effective as possible.
LAPBC operates on a purely voluntary basis. We have no authority to
compel a lawyer to confront his or her impairment issues. We work from
within the legal community with gentle persistence and caring.
If you would like to volunteer to help, could use our services or know
someone who could use our services, call us at 604-685-2171 or toll-free at
The Lawyers Assistance Program is an independent organization of members of the legal community (lawyers, judges, families
and support staff). We provide peer support and referral services to help people deal with personal problems, including
alcohol and drug dependence, stress, anxiety and depression. We are volunteers and staff committed to providing confidential,
compassionate and knowledgeable outreach, support and education. We seek to foster collegiality among our peers
and to promote health and well-being in our community. You can reach LAP by telephone at 604-685-2171, toll-free at
1-888-685-2171 or via the LAP website: <www.lapbc.com>.
ADVICE & SUPPORT
Compassion. Support. Education. All provided in the strictest of
confidence. Every call we receive is treated as confidential.
WE CAN HELP 1-888-685-2171