August 2019 Bar Bulletin
By Frank Selden
January 2011, I walked into an anonymous meeting of attorneys at the recommendation of a counselor helping me with PTSD recovery issues. Although my gambling at the time did not merit an addiction diagnosis, I knew I gambled for the wrong reasons: ego boost, stress management, and a temporary escape from negative feelings I didn’t want to confront.
The attorneys gathered weekly at lunch to support each other for whatever brought them to the table. Most of the attendees discussed alcohol and drug issues, clean or sober dates, and actions taken to stay healthy. I brought up gambling, with...