Brian Cuban, an attorney in Dallas Texas, graduated from The University of Pittsburgh School of Law already deep into addiction. As a freshman at eighteen, he became anorexic. By the age of nineteen, he was bulimic and would stay bulimic until his recovery as forty-four years old. He became an alcoholic by the age of twenty-two, and at the age of twenty- five he was self-harming. He then added cocaine to his list of struggles at the age of twenty-seven and addiction to steroids at the age of thirty. He had become suicidal, spent time in a psychiatric hospital twice and had three failed marriages all before the age of forty-four. Finally, on April 7th, 2007, after a two-day blackout, caused by drugs and alcohol, he was in recovery.
During his recovery, he stopped practicing law and became an influential advocate for rehabilitation not only in the law field but in general as well. His first book was published in August 2013, titled “My Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder“. In the book, he reaches out to his audience and tells of how he grew up diagnosed and suffering from Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). BDD is a severe disorder where a person is obsessed with minor or sometimes imaginary flaws. The disorder is commonly affiliated with addiction and other abusive behaviors. Throughout the book, he takes his readers on a journey through what he went through during his childhood. From dealing with bullying, rejections, and his depression, you get to know Brian Cuban as a person. Larry North, Healthy Living Lifestyle Expert, Bestselling author of Get Fit and Living Lean wrote,”Having helped people learn to lose weight and keep it off for more than 25 years, I now believe Brian Cuban has had the courage to open an emotional door that will give both men and women a true understanding of how they perceive their body image and unlock that door for a lifetime of success”.
Having touched his audience and helped to break down the stigma of males with mental and eating disorders he released the second book in June of 2017 titled, “The Addicted Lawyer: Tales of the Bar, Booze, Blow, and Redemption“. In his second book, Brian focuses on his story as an addict in the legal profession in a heartfelt and honest reflection of his life choices and his career. However, the book also helps to bring light to mental illness and addiction within the legal field. He goes into depth as to why there is such a high percentage of law professionals that will suffer from these different disorders throughout their lives and careers. Brian also wanted to focus on how to help those suffering in analyzing different treatment methods, detailing different types of therapies, and whether or not twelve-step programs are the only therapies that genuinely work. Along with his story and thoughts on recovery, Brian also includes stories from other lawyers that have suffered from addiction and mental illness and their roads to redemption. Through a book of compelling testimonies, you get to know the real lives of lawyers and professionals who have suffered and ways to help those who might currently be.
Along with his two successful books, he also travels around the United States and Canada speaking to universities, conferences, nonprofit and legal events. His writings have appeared, and he has been quoted on these topics on CNN.com, Foxnews.com, The Huffington Post, Above The Law, The New York Times, and in online articles from all over the world. Some of his most famous speeches include speaking at The American Bar Association’s annual conference, Katie Couric show, The Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and many more well-known conventions.
Brian Cuban has now dedicated his life to helping people from across the world. His work is opening up the eyes of people and helping them in acknowledging the fact that mental illness and addiction is a genuine and severe disease. With help from people in all different professions and the support of clients and citizens, we can attempt to help, inform, and provide assistance to those in need of it.