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Comments From CDP Participants

From my standpoint, number one benefit would be accountability.  It’s a lot easier to stay sober if you are accountable to someone other than yourself.  My contract with CDP provided me structure and accountability for a period of time where healthy habits have become a part of my daily life.

I was relieved to know there were people that knew what they were doing and could get me the help I needed.

I was glad to have a program that was documenting what I was doing so the people accusing me of being so bad could be neutralized.  CDP provided advocacy which was comforting to have.  I was glad to know that I was not alone and that other professionals needed help also.

It has been a blessing to be surrounded by other dental professionals in recovery who know and understand my disease and the recovery proves.

I couldn’t do it on my own.  CDP was able to put me in contact with appropriate professionals where I learned what to do about the missing pieces of the puzzle.

Locum tenens support to keep practice moving during treatment.

Other addicts and other spouses to talk to during and after and intervention and treatment.

I remember in the beginning being so resentful of having to do so much as far as the requirements (meetings, group therapy, caduceus, etc.) But in retrospect, I realize now that I needed those things and they did not only help keep me busy in the first year, but I would have never made myself do them on my own.

It is so refreshing to know that we are not alone, and we have this network of dental professionals and the CDP staff to support and guide us.

Without the structure that CDP provided and the accountability I would not be in the peaceful content happy place I find myself today.

I feel one of the greatest features of the CDP is the ability for the impaired practitioner not to have to hide and lie anymore.  It is our secrets that keep us sick.  Being able to come out in the open and interact with others in the same position is helpful.  I know I am not alone anymore.  I have people I can talk to if I need help.

I had known for years I was drinking too much and had made several attempts to curtail my use of alcohol, even stop altogether.  With all the personal resolve and will power I could muster, my success would be transient, lasting a week or even a couple of months.  Inevitably I would begin drinking and then feeling disgusted with myself for failing yet again.

I was relieved to know that there were people that knew what they were doing and could get me the help I needed.  I came to the conclusion that if I was doing a good job with my life I would not be in the situation I was in.