The Wellness Program exists to assist dental community members who suffer from alcohol and/or chemical dependency. It’s also a referral source for individuals suffering from burnout, stress, or anxiety. Assistance is offered through component and regional Wellness program committees who encourage individuals to seek treatment needed to preserve their life, privilege to practice dentistry and maintain public safety.
If you believe someone has an alcohol or chemical dependency problem, contact CDA or a regional wellness committee near you for confidential assistance.
Download the brochure here.
A confidential, peer-led panel discussion on tools to cope and navigate chemical dependency and recovery during times of hardship. View the audio recording below.
It’s an illness or disease characterized by addiction to a mood-altering chemical, including both drug addiction and alcoholism. The dependent person is unable to stop drinking or taking a particular drug despite serious consequences. If left untreated, it is progressive and chronic. Sadly, it can also ruin the lives, careers and the health of dental professionals as well as compromise patients’ safety.
Warning signs include, but are not limited to:
To learn more about the Well-Being program or to make a confidential referral, contact your local dental society or a Well-Being committee near you:
Yes, unless you advise the committee otherwise.
An investigation will take place to determine the validity of the claim. If accurate, an intervention will be facilitated and, if necessary, the individual will be referred to a professional evaluation team for a treatment recommendation. A contract will then be drawn between the individual and the Wellness Program committee.
As long as an individual complies with the recommended treatment/monitoring and there are no issues regarding patient safety, the Board will not be notified.
Available treatments include:
Confidential peer-to-peer support and professional assistance is provided through assessment, treatment, recovery and monitoring. The program aims to help individuals restore dignity and self-respect, provide an opportunity to gain support from fellow dental professionals in recovery and maintain quality health care along with the safety of the general public through ongoing monitoring.
The committee is composed of volunteer member dentists, allied dental health professionals and dental society staff who are selected for their specific experience, expertise and willingness to serve. We also try to find those with similar experience or pertinent knowledge.
San Francisco Bay Area
San Diego County Dental Society