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Since the beginning of human history and before, people have found ways to alter their bodies and their consciousness by taking substances such as herbs, alcohol, and drugs. More...

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Whatever their choice of drug, most all drug or alcohol dependent persons who enter treatment are referred to what are known as "Twelve Step" groups. More...

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Growing up in the 60’s, I started “partying” like a lot of other people did — underage drinking with friends in the park near my house. Laughing and carrying on — running from the cops — it was my favorite kind of fun. More...

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Does someone you love abuse drugs and alcohol? Are you at the point where you are filled with despair and worry about this person? Are you unwittingly helping this loved one remain addicted? More...

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With anxiety disorders being the most common illness in America, affecting 40 million adults, it’s clear that many of us are overwhelmed. More...



Welcome to the eLAP Website

For Confidential Assistance call1.800.255.0569 or email

This eLAP site does NOT require registration.  An online resource, eLAP is sponsored by the New York State Bar Association’s Lawyer Assistance Program.  The site is available to provide vital information that may help address issues such as problem drinking, substance abuse, depression, anxiety and stress.  In addition, eLAP provides general wellness resources. 

This site is intended for informational purposes, not for diagnosis or treatment. If you think you have a medical or psychiatric emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. The National Suicide Hotline is 1.800.273.8255

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Addictions. Addiction is the repeated involvement with a substance or activity, despite the substantial harm it now causes, because that involvement was (and may continue to be) pleasurable and/or valuable. More...
Addictions: Alcohol and Substance Abuse. People who become addicted to alcohol/drugs are gradually introduced and desensitized to them over a period of time. More...
Anxiety Disorders. In this topic center you'll find information on the Anxiety Disorders, including phobia (social anxiety, agoraphobia, etc.), panic disorder, generalized anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. More...
Depression: Depression & Related Conditions. This center provides an in-depth look at Major Depressive Disorder by summarizing symptoms and diagnostic criteria according to the current standards, prevalence and course, historical and contemporary understandings of the causes of the illness, as well as diagnosis and treatment. More...
Impulse Control Disorders. These are a loosely grouped set of conditions that all feature behavior that is acted out in an uncontrolled/impulsive manner that often has self-destructive consequences. More...
Suicide. A comprehensive overview of Suicide, addressing the nature of suicide, what to do if you are suicidal, and how to help friends or family members who are suicidal. More...
Wellness and Personal Development. Wellness is a broad topic that includes disease prevention, stress reduction, and even personal, social and spiritual growth. Until quite recently, very little attention was ever paid to helping people who are not ill, disordered or diseased in some way learn how to further enhance the quality of their lives, or prevent the onset of future illness. More...

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