CONFIDENTIAL DENTIST ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

  supporting Massachusetts dentists since 1980

The Confidential Dentist Assistance Program
assists Massachusetts dentists and dental students facing concerns related to alcohol and other substance misuse and abuse, behavioral and/or mental health, and physical illness. CDAP also provides a safe environment where dentists can talk to other dentists about the stress and demands of dental practice.

Anyone is welcome to contact us on his or her own behalf. Many referrals come from colleagues, family members, and friends. Each referral is treated individually, in a compassionate, confidential manner.

Basic Tenets

Substance use and other behavioral/mental health disorders are diseases, not moral failings or character defects. Dentists who are afflicted with these diseases are just as worthy of help and compassion as those who suffer from any other illness.


Substance use and other disorders may lead to impairment of a dentist’s ability to practice with reasonable skill and safety. It is in the best interest of the individual, patients, and society to treat these illnesses early before workplace impairment manifests. 


Treatment of these disorders is best done with confidentiality, without which impaired dentists will not seek assistance.


Public safety is our highest priority. Dentists with first-hand knowledge that a colleague is practicing impaired have an ethical responsibility to report such evidence to the professional assistance committee of a dental society.

Who We Are

CDAP is a component of Dentists Concerned for Dentists, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that was founded to address substance use problems among dentists and dental students. CDAP provides resources to those who voluntarily seek our services, and is designed to monitor those in need of recovery from substance use disorders. We strongly urge doctors who are ill to get help, and we suggest specific treatment options. We respond to the concerns of families and colleagues by providing coordinated interventions and referrals to treatment.


Alan Budd, DMD is the Director of CDAP. With the help of associates located throughout Massachusetts, Dr. Budd assists dentists, dental students, and family members of dentists who may be at risk.


Peer support group meetings are a safe place for doctors to discuss their problems and learn from colleagues who have 'been there'. It helps to know you are not alone!