Meet the New Oregon Attorney Assistance Program

Well, not exactly. But meet the new OAAP website! Find events that meet your needs or speak to your interests, explore OAAP services, or learn more about the OAAP attorney counselors.

The OAAP can help with:

  • Well-being and stress
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Problem substance use
  • Compulsive and challenging behaviors
  • Career and lifestyle
  • Relationships
  • Challenging times
  • Planning for retirement

OAAP services are confidential and attorney counselors are on-call for urgent matters.

Help for yourself. Help for someone you care about.

If you are concerned about your well-being, or the well-being of another, the OAAP can help with short-term individual counseling, referral to other resources when appropriate, support groups, workshops, CLEs, and educational programs.

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Are You Addicted to the Internet?

Are you on the Internet frequently?  Do you routinely stay online longer than you intended?  Are you often preoccupied with thoughts of the Internet?  Is your smartphone always by your side, at the ready to send a text or check e-mail?  If the answer to these questions is yes, then you may have a problem.

In the May issue of the Oregon State Bar Bulletin, Sharon Nelson and John Simek write about Internet addiction and compulsive use of technology.  Here is what they suggest to maintain your sanity, your health, and your relationships:

  • Avoid giving your cell phone number to clients except in rare circumstances;
  • Specify when you will respond to e-mail in your retainer agreement.  Also explain your e-mail reply policy during extended absences;
  • Private time for you and your family is sacred.  Try to turn computers off and put smartphones away after dinner;
  • Guard vacation time.  If you must check in with the office, limit the time you spend on work to a set amount of minutes per day – the rest can wait;
  • Create similar rules at work.  When you need to focus on a project, power-off your phone and turn off e-mail notifications.

In short:  Get Unwired or Come Unglued, a very apt title for Sharon and John’s article.