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     I have been sober for almost 2 years.  I am a recovering addict and have been diagnosed with bi-polor II disorder.. I would guess that this probably makes me "non-traditional"!!  But is this something to mention in a personal statement?  It sure explains why I went from 2.41 undergrad to 3.8 present GPA at San Francisco City College.  It also provides me with a lot of material for the question "Have you ever overcome any obstacles in your life?"  I am highly intelligent, but these realities kept me from succeeding earlier.  Should I lump them together and call them a learning disability without mentioning the specifics?  I am not ashamed necessarily, but I don't want to include these things  if they are going to harm me. Am I going to have to disclose my trip to rehab in 2002 anyway? These aren't topics of normal conversation for me.  These things do not paint a complete picture of who I am. But they are real. I could easily get all the documentation required to prove my statements.  I have been poked and prodded by all kinds of doctors and suffered all the attendant misery that follows the life of an addict.  Not Pretty. I don't reveal these facts in my normal life unless it is absolutlely warranted.  But then law school is not normal life....   

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Absolutely!  Tell all!  What's the worst that can happen?  The reject you...only that

GWB quit drinking when he was 40-

Teddy is the most respected senator-

and on...

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wait I'm addicted to LSD,
but I guess that's kinda traditional
sometimes I put hot chinese mustard up my nose to see if I'm still alive

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I look at it this way... if an adcom sees that you are prone to addiction/ mental instability, perhaps they might think the stress of 1L could put you over the top and back into rehab.  It could make you a bigger risk.  I'd leave it out.
 

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if you raise this issue in your PS, it will remain an issue when you apply to C&F. you would be a fool to voluntary disclose substance abuse problems.  HTH

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To the extent that your recovery provides meaningful context in your personal statement(s), you should talk about it.  If you have demonstrated that you've managed to remain sober for a substantial period of time and under the varied pressures life throws in your face, I don't think adcomms will penalize you for it.  In fact, they may admire you for your experiences.

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To the extent that your recovery provides meaningful context in your personal statement(s), you should talk about it.  If you have demonstrated that you've managed to remain sober for a substantial period of time and under the varied pressures life throws in your face, I don't think adcomms will penalize you for it.  In fact, they may admire you for your experiences.

this is really bad advice.  once again, you are opening a can of worms by bringing up something that is specifically addressed in C&F evaluations.  the level of idiocy on this board sometimes amazes me.

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Be true to yourself.  If it's important to you, mention it.  If they don't like it, they might not be the best school for you.  The relationship is two-way.  You are their customer (paying A LOT of money)- remember that...

I refuse to kiss arse anymore...

Mention it and spin the positives that resulted.  I've known many people like you- and the people that really did recover are stronger and more successful than the folks who never had such an experience.  Remember, those admissions officers aren't kids- they've probably seen their share as well.

Good luck!


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to each his own, but I think it's slightly naive to suggest that having recovered from substance abuse precludes membership to the bar.

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to each his own, but I think it's slightly naive to suggest that having recovered from substance abuse precludes membership to the bar.

you are entitled to your opinions. but you are taking a big leap here in insinuating that i meant recovery "precludes" you from membership to the bar.  such issues can at the very least make the process more complicated and uncertain than it needs to be. HTH.