When You Need Someone To Care…
By Nancy Davis, Executive Director
A day does not pass without an email coming across my desk about the increase in mental health concerns, substance use and addiction during this pandemic.  The research is emphasizing how the pandemic can be linked with serious mental health issues, that include:
·       Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
·       Depression
·       Confusion
·       Anger
·       Addiction
·       Professional Burnout
·       Increased Stress

We are facing the unknown. There is no doubt that these are scary times for the majority. Many times, we may be feeling as though all control has been lost and we find ourselves filled with fear, anxiety, frustration and confusion. It is so easy to get lost in the noise of what is going on around us. These feelings can lead to unhealthy choices. Self-care becomes something we put on the back burner.  This poses a threat and leads to isolation, boredom and that continuous nagging fear- the noise of what is going on around us.  

You may find yourself having more time than you are used to.  This is when boredom may set in.  For those in recovery this is a dangerous threat and a trigger to relapse. Boredom is something we all need to be aware of and a trigger not only for wrong choices, but depression, anxiety and fear.  When we stick to a schedule that is familiar to our regular routine it will help maintain a sense of control.  By scheduling time for work, family, self-care and rest the battle over boredom can be overcome.   

Finding something new will help ward off unwanted negative emotions or unhealthy coping skills that arise.  Tweaking creativeness may lead you to finding a new favorite hobby.  We need to remember that our mental health is as important as our physical health.   

Other tips for taking care of yourself include: Healthy diet, plenty of sleep and regular exercise to help reduce stress and anxiety.  Establish and maintain a realistic routine that includes meals at regular times and a regular sleep schedule to ensure the proper rest.  Incorporate a positive or fun activity in your schedule that you look forward to each day or week.  Seriously take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to the news, including social media.  Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can trigger anxiety and feed the fears.

My sign-off note to the thousands of dental professionals in North Carolina is to remember the NCCDP is here to assist members of the dental profession and their families.  

Enjoy the remainder of the summer with the focus being your self-care.
Am I Still Working My Program?
In our age of Covid 19 and Quarantine, sometimes I feel like I’m not working my program. I don’t know about you, but when I finished treatment, I was determined that I was going to do this thing right. I knew that there was a right way and I was going to get to perfect if anyone could. I was given suggestions and structure. I needed structure.

What I have realized during the past months of Quarantine is that face to face meetings are what kept me energized in recovery. Seeing my friends in the fellowship, hugging their necks, sharing a laugh, these moments kept me focused and moving forward with my daily individual activities. My meetings kept me growing and excited to be in recovery.

Safeguarding My Recovery During the COVID-19 Pandemic
People world-wide have been forced to adapt to a new reality. For people in recovery new challenges to stay connected presented themselves like never before. When the quarantine became a reality for me I knew I would have to be vigilant and stay connected to guard my precious recovery.

During these times of stress and uncertainty one thing is for certain – my recovery must come first.... pandemic or not.

The Perfect Storm: Covid-19 & Opioids
By mid-April 2020, the United States was experiencing two simultaneous events that had never happened in American history: all 50 states were under a State of Emergency and two major epidemics (Opioid and Covid-19) were ravishing our country. The details and lasting effects of Covid-19 are still to be determined. What is readily apparent is its impact on the Opioid epidemic.

Submitted by Bill Claytor, DDS, MAGD

On Retirement

Now what? I don’t know. Everyone has suggestions to combat boredom. I am not bored. (Yet.) I am full of gratitude for those who stood by me in my times of need. You guys saved my life! As to the future: Stay tuned…with Covid19, I feel as if I’m all dressed up with nowhere to go.

Representatives of the NCCDP are always available to share the history and mission of the NCCDP with various groups, including hygiene schools, dental schools and any other professional dental organization.
Please call us to schedule a presentation: 1-800-230-3934
North Carolina Caring Dental Professionals Program
PO Box 1258
Southern Pines, NC 28388
(910) 944-1150