Addiction Intervention and Recovery Services for Dental Professionals

The Program for Recovering Dental Professionals (PRDP) is a confidential, non-coercive and non-punitive alternative to formal disciplinary action offered by the Idaho State Board of Dentistry. The PRDP is a program to facilitate prevention, identification, intervention, and rehabilitation for Idaho Dentists/Dental Hygienists who have, or are at risk for developing disorders, which are associated with functional impairment, or suffering from chemical abuse or dependency, mental health issues, or behavioural problems. The PRDP works in a manner consistent with the laws and medical practice acts of the State of Idaho to provide a safe environment in a medical setting and in conjunction with the Idaho Dental Association and the Idaho Dental Hygienists’ Association

The purpose of the program is to assist professionals and their families in identifying alcohol, drug, or behavioural problems that pose a potential threat to that Dentist/Dental Hygienist, the family, or the patients/clients. The PRDP will work to identify and facilitate acute addiction treatment and to provide long-term support for the professional to return to a productive place within his/her dental profession. While the program provides no direct counseling, treatment, or aftercare services, it does support and endorse the development of self-help groups at the local level.

The PRDP is a resource for Dentists/Dental Hygienists, their families, colleagues, and other affiliates. Disciplinary action does little to intervene in the disease process and may frequently be counterproductive to identification and professional reintegration. Treatment has proven to be effective for both the individual and society. By providing Dentists/Dental Hygienists an opportunity to enter into treatment and to recover from their diseases early in the disease process, the PRDP can serve to minimize negative impacts on these professionals, patients/clients and their families and friends.

Addiction Recovery Services Provided by Southworth Associates on behalf of the Program for Recovering Dental Professionals (PRDP):

  • Confidential Consultation
  • Interventions
  • Assessment
  • Referrals
  • Recovery Monitoring – The PRDP program monitors participants while in treatment and recovery.
  • Relapse Management
  • Education and Research
  • Consulting resource for Idaho Hospitals, medical staff and organizations
  • Support Resource
  • Advocacy - The PRDP advocates for the right to continue working when there is documentation of abstinence and recovery from chemical dependency.

There are two different tracks into our program:

Self-Referral: An impaired Dentists, or Dental Hygienist, who does not have official Stipulations and Orders as drafted by the Idaho State Board of Dentistry, may be referred to the PRDP program in person, or by an agent of the Dentists/Dental Hygienist (family member, colleague, friend or employer).

The Board of Dentistry Referral: The Idaho State Board of Dentistry will draft a formal Stipulations and Orders for the impaired Dentist. Part of the Stipulations and Orders will include a requirement to be under contract and maintain compliance with the PRDP Program.

Visit the Idaho State Board of Dentistry
Visit the Idaho Dental Association
Visit the Idaho Dental Hygienists' Association
Al-Anon Family groups
International Doctors in AA