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Patrick R. Krill
As a licensed attorney, board certified alcohol and drug counselor, and graduate level instructor in addiction counseling, Patrick R. Krill brings a unique breadth of knowledge and perspective to the subject of behavioral health in the legal profession. He regularly provides print and broadcast interviews and is a frequent author and speaker on the subject of addiction and its intersection with the law, including a blog for the Huffington Post. His writing has also been featured in Salon,, Counselor Magazine and multiple publications of the ABA.

As an advocate dedicated to promoting recovery and influencing public opinion, Patrick has undertaken a number of high-profile strategic projects aimed at improving the behavioral health of professionals. Of particular note, he conceptualized, developed and co-facilitated a nationwide joint research project between the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation to survey the current rates of substance use, depression and anxiety among attorneys throughout the country. Results of the landmark study will be published in the January/February 2016 issue of The Journal of Addiction Medicine.

Patrick also serves on the Advisory Board of the Dave Nee Foundation, whose mission is to eliminate the stigma associated with depression and suicide in the legal profession by promoting and encouraging not only the diagnosis and treatment of depression, but also the education of law students, their families, and friends about the disease of depression.

In addition to his work with the legal profession, Patrick is also actively involved with bringing addiction and recovery expertise to the entertainment industry. Working closely with the Entertainment Industries Council, Patrick is a member of the Nomination Review Committee for the PRISM Awards, and served as a technical consultant for the entire first season up the upcoming ABC Family show Recovery Road, as well as the Lifetime Original Movie Perfect High.

Patrick earned his BA in Political Science and Government from American University, his JD from Loyola Law School, his LL.M. in International Law from the American University Washington College of Law, and his Master's Degree in Addiction Counseling from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. He is a member of the California and Los Angeles County Bar Associations.

Entries by Patrick R. Krill

Finally, You Can Now See Recovery -- and Not Just Addiction -- on the Small Screen

(3) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 4:26 PM


In the beginning of 2015, I wrote a post titled "Can We Actually Talk About Recovery This Year?" where I highlighted the enormous disparity between the amount of addiction we see in our news, media and entertainment, and the amount of...

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Without a Plan to Tackle Addiction, You're Not Qualified to Be President

(32) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 1:05 PM

The title actually says it all, but let me elaborate. As an undecided voter, I've got a pretty straightforward litmus test for anyone who wants to be President in 2016--and when you've finished reading this, hopefully you will, too. In short, I want to know what the candidate is going...

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Getting a Bargain on a Buzz? Calculating the Real Price of Alcohol

(5) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 11:48 AM

It's long been said that two things are unavoidable: death and taxes. But what if I told you that one could be a lot more avoidable simply by adopting a smarter, more equitable approach to the other? It's true. It's really, really true.

It's April, which means we've got...

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Brian Williams, David Carr, and My Fear of a Misremembered Life

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 3:08 PM

How reliable are our memories, and how dangerous are they when they're not? Depends who you are and, to some degree, on what demons tug at your sleeve. By their very definition, memories are supposed to involve accounts of the past: recollections of past events, the recalling of previous experiences,...

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Can We Actually Talk About Recovery This Year?

(3) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 4:29 PM

Here we are in early February, just over a month since many of us resolved to make dramatic personal overhauls of our unhealthiest behaviors and least productive mindsets. But the holidays are now long gone, our New Year's resolution fever has broken, and life has resumed its former rhythms, for...

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Pharmaceutical Industry Profiting From a Solution to a Problem They Helped Create

(9) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 3:51 PM

Without getting into a complex discussion about regulatory law, the proper scope of government authority or the dynamics of a free market economy, I'd like to remain in the realm of gut-level common sense and ask one simple question: How much should the same industry that unleashes a devastating public...

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This Election Proved We Need More Recovering Alcoholics and Addicts in Politics

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 11:52 AM

A week after the 2014 midterm elections and I'm still feeling somewhat filmy, a little like a car that was left parked outside at the airport for five days. And though I don't have the documentation to prove it, my recollection is that I felt a lot cleaner -- mentally,...

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20 Years After Big Tobacco, Is It Time for 'Big Pain'?

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 1:29 PM

It's long been said that trends start in California. With one eye on the balance sheet and one on the legal history books, five of the world's largest drug manufacturers are probably hoping that's not true. However, shortly after Orange and Santa Clara counties filed lawsuits against those companies for...

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Country Music and the Rise of the Binge-Drinking Bro

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 6:22 PM

Full disclosure, I prefer the musical stylings of Arcade Fire to Kenny Chesney. In fact, by the time the 2013 Grammy-winners for best album wrap up their current world tour at the end of this month, I will have seen it on two stops -- Minneapolis...

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10 Percent of You Will Drink Yourselves to Death, But 99 Percent of You Probably Don't Know It

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 6:18 PM

About a month ago, the Centers for Disease control told Americans that, in no uncertain terms, one in 10 of us will die as a result of excessive alcohol consumption. One in 10. Yes, you read that right. And yes, it's a big number. These are working-age adults...

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DOJ Thinks Bar Examiners Should Know Less About Mental Health of Would-Be Attorneys. And That's A Good Thing.

(1) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 1:19 PM

People can't just become lawyers. As a licensed profession, there are many hurdles to clear before you can actually get down to business and start putting those letters "Esq." after your name. There's a process involved. Yes, you probably knew that. However, unless you've had some direct, or even peripheral,...

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Mayor Rob Ford and the Broken Levee

(1) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 3:53 PM

Though Led Zeppelin probably wasn't singing about the disease of addiction in their 1971 classic When the Levee Breaks, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford could now tell you that, for all intents and purposes, they might as well have been. Because you see, when it comes to addiction you can delay,...

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