THE ADVOCATE 237
VOL. 77 PART 2 MARCH 2019
I have since left my career in support of my wife’s law career. I am now
a stay-at-home dad with my beautiful, now 13-month-old, daughter. My life
revolves around the well-being of my family, and their well-being revolves
around my sustained recovery. I don’t have to wake up today wondering if
I will be able to care for my daughter. My belief system that was once based
on fear is now based in a place of vast love.
Today I am secretary and treasurer of my 12-step program home group. I
use my experience, strength and hope to reach out to alcoholics (or anyone,
for that matter, including loved ones of alcoholics) who still suffer from this
terrible disease. On the one-year mark of my sobriety, I was able to help
another young man who wanted to get help and was about to take a similar
journey through treatment. He was unable to get to the airport to catch his
flight to Vancouver Island. I spent my day driving to Abbotsford to pick him
up. I shared my story with him and got him to the airport, where we spent
another hour talking about our disease. He is in treatment as I write this.
For the first 31 years of my life I couldn’t even help myself. As a result of
the work I did with LAP, my 12-step program and Edgewood, I have been
restored; I am a productive member of society, a loving father, husband, son
and brother. I didn’t know life could be this full. I will be forever grateful.
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>.
We offer confidential support and education for lawyers dealing with
alcohol and drug dependency, stress, anxiety, and depression.
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