Preventing workplace substance abuse

Marketing content written by Elissa Cottle for the late attorney Link Christin:


Link's Story

Link Christin brings unprecedented expertise to the field of substance abuse prevention and recovery for lawyers and others in high-stress professions.

After a 25-year career as a civil trial lawyer, including partnerships in two Pittsburgh law firms, he began his own recovery from alcoholism in 2004.

He served as administrator of the National Trial Advocacy College, based at the Virginia School of Law. He also volunteered for the lawyers’ assistance programs of Virginia and Minnesota, where he met with lawyers struggling with substance abuse and other mental health issues.

His volunteer work inspired him to enroll in the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies, where he completed three clinical internships, and earned his MA in addiction counseling in 2010. In 2011 he founded and then served as the first director of Hazelden's specialized program for legal professionals, the country's first program of its kind at a major treatment center. Since its inception this program has thrived and assisted hundreds of lawyers, judges, and law students.

Link left his post at Hazelden's legal professionals program in 2014 to launch Heightened Performance. He continues to work with the Hazelden program as an advisor.

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