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Brian Cuban was a successful lawyer—and an addict.
Brian Cuban was living a lie. With a famous last name and a successful career as a lawyer, Brian was able to hide his clinical depression and alcohol and cocaine addictions—for a while.
Today, as an inspirational speaker in long-term recovery, Brian looks back on his journey with honesty, compassion, and even humor as he reflects both on what he has learned about himself and his career choice and how the legal profession enables addiction. His demons, which date to his childhood, controlled him through failed marriages and stays in a psychiatric facility, until they brought him to the brink of suicide. That was his wake-up call. This is his story.
Brian also takes an in-depth look at why there is such a high percentage of problematic alcohol use and other mental health issues in the legal profession. What types of therapies work? Are 12-step programs the only answer? Brian also includes interviews with experts on the subject as well as others in the profession who are now in recovery. The Addicted Lawyer is both a serious study of addiction and a compelling story of redemption.
|Publisher:||Post Hill Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Brian Cuban, the younger brother of Dallas Mavericks owner and entrepreneur Mark Cuban, is a Dallas based attorney, author, and addiction recovery advocate. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, he has passed the respective bar exams of Pennsylvania (retired) and Texas. Brian has been in long-term recovery from alcohol, cocaine, and bulimia since April 2007.
His first book, Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder, chronicles his first-hand experiences living with, and recovering from, twenty-seven years of eating disorders and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).
Brian has spoken at colleges, universities, conferences, and non-profit events across the United States and in Canada. Brian has appeared on prestigious talks shows such as the Katie Couric Show as well as numerous media outlets around the country. He also writes extensively on these subjects. His columns have appeared on CNN.com, FoxNews.com, The Huffington Post, Above the Law, and in online and print newspapers around the world.
Table of Contents
Preface Patrick Krill vii
Introduction: Meet the Addicted Lawyer xii
Chapter 1 The Life of Brian 1
Chapter 2 The Secret Life of Brian 13
Chapter 3 Who's to Blame? 18
Chapter 4 I May Not Have Been Asked to the Prom, but I Could Drink with My Friends 24
Chapter 5 College Daze 29
Chapter 6 Big-Haired Barbies, Booze, and Blow 34
Chapter 7 Liar's Dance 43
Chapter 8 My Reel Life in Addiction 49
Chapter 9 Chasing Paper, Booze, and Belonging 62
Chapter 10 Beyond the Study: Acing Exams and Addiction 80
Chapter 11 Do You Really Want to Be a Lawyer? 87
Chapter 12 From the Bar to the Bar 110
Chapter 13 Working Hard and Playing Hard; Playing Hard and Hardly Working 117
Chapter 14 When Bars Collide 139
Chapter 15 Hollywood Nights and Hungover Days 148
Chapter 16 Many Women, One Love; Rock Bottom Is Relational 165
Chapter 17 Sick Is Not Weak: Where to Turn 186
Chapter 18 Recovery Is No Yellow Brick Road 215
Chapter 19 A Leap of Faith 222
About the Author 243