Whether it is because they are members of a stressful profession or because personalities with a penchant for addictive disorders are drawn to the law, lawyers have twice the addiction rate of the general population.
If you are ending the year with anything less than a "Wow, what a year," then the change you really need to make this year is to enlist help and support to achieve your goals. Shared goals are more likely to happen.
Given that heavy drinkers often don't become "normal" drinkers on their own, the takeaway message for clinicians and family members is to help connect a problem drinker to a community social service agency or Alcoholics Anonymous.
This movie represents more than just an interesting and respectful look at a pioneer. Al-Anon Family Groups have been a life line for years for millions of families struggling with a loved one's use of alcohol.
I prefer to use the term "set back" when I get sucked back into the Black Hole. Because it's certainly not the end of recovery. From depression or any addiction. A relapse merely gives you a new starting place.