Important changes to VJLAP’s 12-Step and Wellness Support Meetings:

1. Effective immediately, the Monday 12-Step Support Meetings will commence at 6:30 PM instead of 8:00 PM. VJLAP will no longer host a Monday 12-Step Support Meeting at 8:00 PM. Changes will be made to the event calendar.
2. After 04/08/24, there will no longer be Monday Wellness Support Meetings at 6:30 PM. If you are interested in such a meeting, there is a Thursday Wellness Support Meeting (1, 3 and 5th Thursday of the month). Changes will be made to the event calendar.
3. Effective immediately, there will no longer be a Wednesday 12-Step Meeting at 6:00 PM. There is a Wednesday 12-Step Meeting at 5:30PM and a meeting on the 1, 3 & 5th Monday of the month at 6:30PM. Changes will be made to the event calendar.
4. Please also note the Thursday Wellness Support Meetings that had been every Thursday will only be the 1, 3 & 5 Thursday of the month. Changes will be made to the event calendar.

Thank you for your attention to these updates. If there are questions, please reach out to Barbara Mardigian at bmardigian@vjlap.org.

The Beacon

Stories From Our Colleagues – One Question Made All The Difference

October 12, 2020
Stories From Our Colleagues – One Question Made All The Difference

In this series, “Stories From Our Colleagues,”  you will see stories from real people – legal professionals just like you, who have experienced mental health and substance abuse issues and are in recovery from these conditions. By sharing their stories they are shining a light on problems that are often in the shadows and giving hope to others who may need a beacon of hope and light to shine on their own difficulties.

If you are feeling concerned about your mental health or a loved one’s well-being, don’t be afraid to reach out. You can talk with a friend, a colleague, your doctor, your spiritual leader, a counselor, or VJLAP. We are free and confidential and we will help you to connect with resources to feel better.

One question from a colleague made ALL the difference. Listen to JB’s story:

 

JB was successful attorney and all things appeared “normal” to outsiders but was struggling inside. He sought refuge through alcohol which did not affect his work but progressed into his primary outlet. One evening, when finishing a brief with a colleague, he was asked a simple question. The answer surprised him. It was the right time and he wouldn’t change his answer for anything.

 

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