Drug and Alcohol Rehab for Dentists
How common is drug and alcohol abuse among dentists?
10-19% of dentists develop a drug or alcohol problem, slightly higher than the general population.
Dentists on average consume significantly more alcohol than physicians.
What are the abused substances of choice for dentists?
- Alcohol = 37%
- Opiates/Benzos = 31%
- Illicit Drugs = 10%
- Nitrous Oxide = 5%
What are the Reasons for Addiction Among Dentists?
- Compulsive Personalities
- Stress (Fatigue, Competition, Finances)
- Isolation (3/4 in solo practice)
How successful is private drug and alcohol rehab for dentists?
Long term success rates after inpatient addiction rehab for dentists is approximately 90%.
Journal American Dental Association
Kenna & Wood, Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2004