NYSDA is committed to aiding colleagues. The association's Chemical Dependency Committee provides a statewide network of dentist-peers available to assist members and their families in addressing substance abuse problems. Assistance is available from dentists who have experienced both the devastation of the illness and the effectiveness of intervention and treatment in their own lives.
This service is both confidential and non-punitive. In addition, NYSDA can help dentists protect their license and privileges to practice in New York State through referrals to the New York State Education Department's Professional Assistance Program.
NYS Education Department, Professional Assistance Program, 518-474-3817. The Professional Assistance Program (PAP) assists professionals who have substance abuse problems, but who have not harmed patients or clients. Such professionals may voluntarily surrender their licenses while receiving treatment rather than face charges of professional misconduct. All applications to the program are confidential.
St. Peter's Addiction Recovery Center, based in the Capital District, was established in 1972 and provides comprehensive treatment for patients in all stages of recovery.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Doctor to Doctor: International Doctors in Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of doctors and their families whose primary purpose is to support one another in recovery from alcoholism and other drug addictions.
National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information