The IDA Well Being Program addresses the needs of dentists impaired by substance abuse or chemical dependence.
Identifying and assisting a dentist with signs and symptoms of impairment is a difficult challenge. Fears of legal and personal risk prevent colleagues from becoming involved. These fears often are compounded by a lack of confidence in the ability to accurately diagnose impairing illnesses, particularly chemical dependency.
Incompetence as an etiology of impairment is not within the scope of the program. Additionally, the program does not consider cases of impairment due to incompetence appropriate for its program.