The Addicted Lawyer: Tales of the Bar, Booze, Blow, and Redemption

The Addicted Lawyer: Tales of the Bar, Booze, Blow, and Redemption

by Brian Cuban


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The Addicted Lawyer: Tales of the Bar, Booze, Blow, and Redemption by Brian Cuban

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682613702
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Publication date: 06/13/2017
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 496,664
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,, 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

Epilogue 237

Endnotes 239

About the Author 243

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