Substance Misuse in Dental School: Getting Help, Giving Help

September 21, 2016 at 12:00 AM

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According to the ADA, 10 to 15 percent of dentists will have a drug and/or alcohol problem sometime in their lives. Most commonly, it involves alcohol, prescription drugs or opiates. This webinar will review the diagnostic criteria for substance misuse disorder and explore common problems that a dental student with a substance issue might face. Attendees will hear examples of what to say to a fellow student or dental colleague, as well as a friend or family member. The session will also include examples of community support and treatment options.

Attendees will hear from both a dental professional sharing his personal battle with addiction, as well as from a clinical social worker who specializes in addiction and recovery treatment.

Frank Greenagel, MPAP, LCSW, LCADC, ICADC, ACSW, CJC, CCS, is a clinical social worker who specializes in addiction and recovery treatment. He is an adjunct professor at the Rutgers School of Social Work and an instructor at the Center of Alcohol Studies. Greenagel worked as the recovery counselor at both Rutgers New Brunswick and Newark for five years, where he oversaw recovery housing and coordinated student and alumni activities. Rutgers is considered by many to have the strongest recovery college program in the world. He has served on the New Jersey Governor’s Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse (GCADA) since 2011 and was the Chairman of the New Jersey Heroin & Other Opiates Task Force. Greenagel serves on the Board of Directors for Hazelden-Betty Ford NYC and, as an Army veteran himself, counsels soldiers that have experienced PTSD and substance abuse issues. He writes a blog at

Kyle Smith, DDS, is a 2014 graduate from the University of Minnesota. He practices general dentistry just outside of Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Smith has been sober since December of 2013 and is an active member in Alcoholics Anonymous, as well as the Minnesota chapter of Dentists Concerned for Dentists.  

BeWellASDA logoThis webinar was a presentation of the ASDA Wellness Initiative in conjunction with Wellness Month 2016