HI, MY NAME IS TOM
“Hi, my name is Tom, and I’m a recovering alcoholic and drug addict.”
This is how I introduce myself when I speak at the AA meetings I attend on a weekly basis. I never aspired to be an alcoholic and addict, nor did I think I would be attending meetings and talk about the things that affect my life on a daily basis, but I do. And I must say, I’m grateful that I’m a part of this great organization called Alcoholics Anonymous, because it has changed my life positively.
Alcoholism and drug addiction are diseases no different from any other systemic diseases, and they are treatable. Part of that treatment is attending AA or NA meetings weekly, and if you are a dentist like me, I also attend a meeting on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month as a part of the Missouri Dental Well Being Program. The Well Being meeting consists of dentists and other dental healthcare professionals who meet and discuss some of the problems and circumstances of life that affect us as professionals in dentistry.
I like attending these meetings because I know the others in the room understand the things going on in my life because they go through some of the same things in their practices. In fact, some of the men and women already have negotiated the problems I am experiencing, and they share their experience, strength and hope with me so I can better navigate through the problems without feeling I have to drink or drug to stuff the feelings and frustrations I am experiencing.
You see … if any one of you reading this has the disease of alcoholism or addiction, then you may have tried to solve the problems of life like me, by drinking or drugging. The problem is those aren’t solutions to the problems; in fact, they add to the problems of life.
I wish I had known about the Well Being Program and then had the courage to call them. They are our advocates and can help the disabled dentist get the help he or she may need to get their lives back in order. Our lives begin to get out of control, we isolate more and more, we alienate our friends and family, and then it affects things at the office. Our jobs are always the last to go, but the signs are there the whole time, nonetheless.
I would urge anyone who can identify with what I have discussed to call the Well Being program and get the help that is needed to become the man or woman God made you to be. I know any one of us in the program would be willing to share our experience, strength and hope with you so you can once again live life to its fullest and enjoy all that life has to offer. There is a way out of addiction and alcoholism and begins with a call to the Missouri Well Being Program.
Our lives begin to get out of control, we isolate more and more, we alienate our friends and family, and then it affects things at the office.
I urge anyone who can identify to call the Well Being program and get the help needed to become the man or woman God made you to be.