Many times while coaching attorneys I forget to ask if they are feeling lonely. BAD COACH! This is really a vital question to be asking yourself on a regular basis. Loneliness leads to doing strange things like getting mixed up with toxic people or drinking or taking drugs. Something to fill the emptiness is a big incentive to grab at the first thing that might make you feel better.
The truth is that lawyers have to go out of their way to build a support group early in their career. Immediately out of law school, the focus is on getting a job which frequently entails long lonely hours of work. Recreation and friends are frequently put aside. This is a recipe for disaster. Friends and even family begin to come second. This is one of the reason why there are so many divorces in law school and soon after.
Or there is the scenario where the lawyer is finally established and looks around and sees that he or she is essentially just plain lonely. There may be colleagues at work but they mostly talk business. Nothing really personal happens with them. Humans need personal human contact on a regular basis, not just when they are babies.