ADVICE & SUPPORT

If you have any concerns or issues please do not hesitate to contact one of the members of the LDC. All matters are treated in the utmost confidence.

Saleem Mulla (Secretary@SouthStaffsLDC.com)

Other contacts for help are listed below, please do take a look:

DOMESTIC ABUSE SUPPORT AND TRAINING

The Shropshire and Staffordshire Local Dental Network has surveyed practices regarding domestic abuse and dental team members fed back that they would like more information about it as they weren’t sure what to ask or where to signpost people to.

 To support this,

  • Health Education (HEWM) West Midlands has recently provided domestic abuse training for FDs and DCTs. 
  • Going forward any child protection or adult safeguarding courses HEWM commissions will include domestic abuse.
  • Stoke on Trent local authority is offering practice based training and support for Stoke on Trent dental practices as part of a pilot – reducing domestic abuse being one of its priorities.  Practices in Stoke will receive a similar presentation and I don’t plan to send this to them in order to avoid confusion.

 The Powerpoint presentation below has been developed as one way of starting the conversation about this topic in dental practices.  It’s for all members of the team, clinical and non-clinical.

 It is being sent to:

  • all general dental practices and community dental services in Staffordshire, Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire
  • clinical managers and directors of Oasis and MyDentist
  • General Dental Practice Advisers
  • Dental Commissioning team members across NHS England North Midlands
  • Local Authority oral health leads

 A hard copy of the presentation and a laminated poster will be sent to each practice to raise awareness and we’ll send a reminder in the Local Dental Network newsletter. 
DA Dental Practice Resource (July 2017).pptx

DENTIST HEALTH SUPPORT PROGRAMME

www.dentistshealthsupporttrust.org

0207 224 4671

For completely confidential professional treatment and advice on alcohol, drugs, eating disorders and other mental heath issues. Treatment programmes are designed for each individual to suit his or her addictive state. Support and advice is also availabe for friends and family, who are sometimes the first to realise someone is ill. Assistance is also offered to return to work and support in the early years of recovery.

BRITISH DOCTORS & DENTISTS GROUP

www.bddg.org

07729 281966

The British Doctors’ and Dentists\’ Group, formed in 1973, is a mutual support society for doctors and dentists who are recovering, or wish to recover, from addiction/dependency on alcohol or other drugs.

Membership is restricted to qualified medical and dental practitioners, and medical and dental students at the discretion of local secretaries. Accepted medical ethics regarding confidentiality apply strictly within the group. There is absolutely no formality involved in joining us for a meeting – just contact the national secretary or a branch secretary by phone  or e-mail address or through the website listed above.  No records of your name or contact details are kept except by the local branch secretary who will never share them with anyone under any circumstances without your express permission.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

0845 769 7555

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.

AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organisation or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety

AL-ANON

020 7403 0888

www.al-anonuk.org.uk

Al-Anon Family Groups provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not. For some of our members, the wounds still run deep, even if their loved one may no longer be a part of their lives or have died. 

Someone else\’s drinking can affect your life – be it a relative or friend, male or female.

We believe alcoholism affects the whole family, not just the drinker. We are an international organisation with over 800 support groups in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Al-Anon is a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience in order to solve their common problems.

Whatever your relationship to the drinker, whatever your story, Al‑Anon can help.

Al-Anon Family Groups hold regular meetings where members share  their own experience of living with alcoholism. Al-Anon does not offer advice or counselling, but members give each other understanding, strength and hope.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

0300 999 1212

www.ukna.org

The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop using. You don’t have to be clean when you get here. You don’t have to wait for an overdose or jail sentence to get help from NA, nor is addiction a hopeless condition from which there is no recovery. It is possible to overcome the desire to use drugs with the help of the Twelve Step program of Narcotics Anonymous and the fellowship of recovering addicts.

Addiction is a disease that can happen to anyone. Some of us used drugs because we enjoyed them, while others used to suppress the feelings we already had. Still others suffered from physical or mental ailments and became addicted to the medication prescribed during our illnesses. Some of us joined the crowd using drugs a few times just to be cool and later found that we could not stop.

Many of us tried to overcome addiction, and sometimes temporary relief was possible, but it was usually followed by an even deeper involvement than before.

Whatever the circumstances, it really doesn’t matter. Addiction is a progressive disease such as diabetes. We are allergic to drugs. Our ends are always the same: jails, institutions, or death. If life has become unmanageable and you want to live without it being necessary to use drugs, we have found a way. 

Recovery doesn’t stop with just being clean. As we abstain from all drugs (and, yes this means alcohol and marijuana, too) we come face-to-face with feelings that we have never coped with successfully. We even experience feelings we were not capable of having in the past. We must become willing to meet old and new feelings as they come.

We learn to experience feelings and realize they can do us no harm unless we act on them. Rather than acting on them, we call an NA member if we have feelings we cannot handle. By sharing, we learn to work through it. Chances are they’ve had a similar experience and can relate what worked for them. Remember, an addict alone is in bad company.

The Twelve Steps, new friends, and sponsors all help us deal with these feelings. In NA, our joys are multiplied by sharing good days; our sorrows are lessened by sharing the bad. For the first time in our lives, we don’t have to experience anything alone. Now that we have a group, we are able to develop a relationship with a Higher Power that can always be with us.

We suggest that you look for a sponsor as soon as you become acquainted with the members in your area. Being asked to sponsor a new member is a privilege so don’t hesitate to ask someone. Sponsorship is a rewarding experience for both; we are all here to help and be helped. We who are recovering must share with you what we have learned in order to maintain our growth in the NA program and our ability to function without drugs.

This program offers hope. All you have to bring with you is the desire to stop using and the willingness to try this new way of life.

Come to meetings, listen with an open mind, ask questions, get phone numbers and use them. Stay clean just for today.

May we also remind you that this is an anonymous program and your anonymity will be held in the strictest of confidence. “We are not interested in what or how much you used or who your connections were, what you have done in the past, how much or how little you have, but only in what you want to do about your problem and how we can help.”