National Suicide Prevention:
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Thank You, NCCDP

I knew I had a problem. My use had been out of control for years. As I got further into practice, I could tell things were getting worse and I did not know what to do. I found myself at the Caring Dental Professionals in an intervention. I knew I was in the right place because I could feel that these people knew what they were doing, and I was willing to do anything to change. That’s the one thing I knew I could not do by myself. I did not fight it because I was tired of fighting myself and others.

I signed a five-year contract and was off to treatment the next day. It took me about two weeks to settle in and it was painful. I loved practicing dentistry and that’s all I wanted to do. I worked hard in treatment and decided that if I was going to do this, I was going to follow the suggestions and trust the process.

In treatment I learned so much about alcoholism and addiction and I did what I was asked to do to the best of my ability. I learned that change is very hard and became open-minded and willing to look at myself and be “OK” with what I saw. I felt the fear leave me and I started to grow in recovery. What a great place to be; a place of peace.

I completed treatment, returned home, and started a life of recovery. I found a place in recovery where I could grow and learn to change my behavior. Things like justification, rationalization, and manipulation were soon replaced with honesty, acceptance, and willingness.

I completed my five-year contract and have been such a grateful participant that I have been a volunteer for the Caring Dental Professionals for the last ten years.

Today, as I look back at the fear I lived in for most of my life, I realize how grateful I am to receive some of the best treatment in the world. The NC Caring Dental Professionals has blessed me with the life I have today.

… a grateful volunteer in the NC Caring Dental Professionals …