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Can We Talk? ... About Addiction
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This session was recorded during ADA SmileCon 2021.

The use of illicit drugs has reached an all -time "high" in this country! It has been estimated that 1 out of every 10 Americans has a substance use disorder; many of whom are our dental patients. Addiction is a sensitive yet essential topic of conversation for dental professionals to have with their patients. But it is an often-avoided topic of conversation due to fears of alienating or offending the patient. In this dynamic conversation, learn what to say and how to say it to create an engaging and meaningful conversation with your patients that can build trust, demonstrate empathy, assist in the development of effective treatment plans, and promote health equity.

Ronni E. Brown, DDS, MPH
Pamela Alston, DDS MPP

Learning Objectives:
• Discuss substance abuse with patients comfortably and confidently
• Build patient trust and safety during "difficult" conversations
• Use motivational interviewing to identify challenges in behavior change
• Explore patient’s motivation and resistance to behavior change
• Use words that reduce the stigma of substance-use disorders

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