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The Addicted Lawyer: Tales of the Bar, Booze, Blow, and Redemption Paperback – June 13, 2017
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"Resilience is a trait very important in both business and addiction recovery. I've never seen anymore more resilient than Brian. His journey is one that should be read about with notes taken." (Mark Cuban, Entrepreneur and Owner of the Dallas Mavericks)
"Brian Cuban gives us a crash ourse in the brutal realities of alcoholism and addiction among lawyers. He spares no painful detail in recounting the many challenges he overcame to build a new a purposeful life. Incorporating the stories of other lawyers who struggle with addiction, this book will be of great service to those in the profession in need of inspiration.
Many lawyers are reluctant to admit they have a problem and reach out for help. Brian makes clear that the only way to tackle this issue among attorneys is to speak up and extend a hand to the next person who is suffering." (Lisa F. Smith, Author of "Girl Walks Out Of A Bar: A Memoir")
"As a law school dean, I have seen first-hand the devastating impact of substance abuse on students' paths to achieve their goals and on lawyers' ability to thrive in the profession. It is more important now than ever to provide law students and lawyers with the tools they need to recognize the problem in themselves and others and move toward resolving it.
Brian's book is a page-turner and reads like an exciting novel. But, rather than fiction, it portrays the harsh realities for so many in our profession who are struggling with addiction. The book's message is one of hope—the hope that it is possible for those struggling with addiction to regain control of their lives and move forward for the benefit of themselves and their clients. This book is a must-read for all law students and lawyers." (Cynthia L. Fountaine, Dean & Professor of Law Southern Illinois University School of Law)
"If you want information beyond data and citations, communicated in a way that will resonate with you, look no further than The Addicted Lawyer. You will find stories at your level, as well as advice on what to do next." (David Jaffe, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, American University Washington College of Law)
"Brian Cuban has done something very important with The Addicted Lawyer—taken the subject of a widespread problem that most lawyers and law firms would rather ignore and made it accessible, personal, and above all, real. Without question, this book is going to help people." (Patrick R. Krill, Attorney, addiction counselor, and leading expert on addiction in the legal profession. Co-author of "The Prevalence of Substance Use and Other Mental Health Concerns Among American Attorneys.")
"I've often searched for the right words and advice when I see addiction destroying great lawyers. The Addicted Lawyer is filled with the right words and advice, for all lawyers." (Brian Tannebaum, Ethics Lawyer and Author of "The Practice: Brutal Truths About Lawyers and Lawyering")
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.
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My feelings about the story the author… Brian Cuban… has produced here… are multi-faceted… and just like helping an addict… I will pull no punches… along with my offering praise. First of all… being that Brian is the brother of Dallas Maverick billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban… if I were the author… I would have never had the biggest… marketing quote… for his book… be from his famous brother… right there emblazoned largely on the front cover. Brian’s story… can easily… stand on its own… both entertainingly… and educationally. This just shows an ongoing dependence on his brother’s fame… something that the author makes a major point of late in the book… in getting away from his “FAME-UMBRELLA”. I think having that adorning the cover… is like the author having a relapse of one of his addict traits.
The author’s story is told with enough self-deprecating humor… that makes the debauchery Brian… (and most addicts) enveloped himself in… to destroy his life… be… dare I say entertaining. (a tough word to use regarding such a serious subject) The one negative about his fast-paced narrative… is that he kept going forward… and back… and forward… in time. If the reader is truly interested in the narrative… and dutifully wants to track and absorb the ups and downs of the author’s battle to beat his multiple addictions… these constant back and forths in time stamps… is very disconcerting.
One of the main subjects that the author circles his ”literary-wagon” around… is how addiction prone attorneys are. Brian was a failed attorney… who… according to Brian… never even wanted to be an attorney in the first place. Some statistics are provided touting how much higher the addiction rate is in the legal field. There is an old adage that states “statistics lie… and liars use statistics”! I feel his book could just as easily been about the perils of addiction as a whole… as addiction has no color… it has no specific gender… race… religion… or job title. Trying to tie the scourge of addiction to the “stress” of law school… or defending a client… is kind of off-putting… to a janitor who loses his job and has to go home and tell his wife and four kids he can’t pay the rent… or the truck driver who put all his families money into a large truck to start his own business and finds out it was repossessed while he was sleeping after driving for eighteen hours straight. The picture the author paints of the “poor-poor-stress-ridden-attorneys”… really… in my opinion… takes away from the overall power of this otherwise well written book.
My closing praise of this book… I believe says it all. I recommend this book to any person who is suffering from addiction…or any family member or friend… or work associate… being affected by someone in the grips of addiction… whether you’re an attorney or not.
Reading it has reminded me importance of a strong support system. This book is really two books in one: A fabulous read offering an authentic, compelling and insightful firsthand look into the world of addiction and serves a dual component as a compassionate and accountable companion for anyone's journey on the path to sobriety. Thank you Brian Cuban for sharing your story!
I really can’t speak highly enough of both of Brian Cuban’s books - "The Addicted Laywer" and "Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder" Both page turners are very down to earth, affable and filled with life wisdom. So many golden nuggets in this collection, I can’t even begin to put them down here. But I can say this – both his books spoke to me on a very deep, personal level and I feel almost compelled to make some real changes in my life. This book helped me get off to a good start.
Yes, life is tough sometimes, but so are we. And so are you.
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That is the message that I took from Brian's book. He was kind enough to send me a copy.Read more