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BlakeK

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Being a recovering addict can be embarrassing
« on: May 18, 2018, 05:37:40 PM »
I was going to post this on FB but reasons I can’t or rather won’t relate to why I’m making this post. I went to a dentist and oral surgeon today and both places offered me narcotic painkillers and both times I had to explain why I can’t take them. I’m initially met with confusion and then “the look”. It’s a very judgmental look followed by shortness and sometimes by suppressed disgust. I really hate it. That’s all.
Having said that, I'd rather listen to Papa Roach than GG Allin

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Re: Being a recovering addict can be embarrassing
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2018, 08:37:45 PM »
God forbid you take measures to recover, they should be proud if they actually stigmatize addiction that much. People are hypocritical pieces of shit sometimes.

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Re: Being a recovering addict can be embarrassing
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2018, 08:12:29 PM »
How frustrating. I'm sorry. You would think people would be happy you are honest and recovering instead of just taking the meds. Hope your mouth is feeling alright.

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Re: Being a recovering addict can be embarrassing
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2018, 04:32:39 AM »
Blake, I have PTSD and I have found that Todd Whitlock's dentist office has been the most empathetic office I've ever dealt with.  One of the questions on their intake forms allowed for making a personal statement on what might help them serve you better as a patient, and that's where I mentioned some stuff about my experiences.   The dentist acknowledged my concerns without judgement or prying.  If your insurance covers them, they might be a good fit for you.

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Re: Being a recovering addict can be embarrassing
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2018, 05:03:53 AM »
Blake, I have PTSD and I have found that Todd Whitlock's dentist office has been the most empathetic office I've ever dealt with.  One of the questions on their intake forms allowed for making a personal statement on what might help them serve you better as a patient, and that's where I mentioned some stuff about my experiences.   The dentist acknowledged my concerns without judgement or prying.  If your insurance covers them, they might be a good fit for you.
Thanks Joe. I’m sure he is covered. I don’t have many restrictions on who I use. I would have to call him and get prices since my insurance only covers so much.

I don’t know what the deal is but I have found dentists (I’ve seen 4 over the past 3 years including oral surgeons) seem extremely judgmental. It’s really strange.

Thanks for the support guys!
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Re: Being a recovering addict can be embarrassing
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2018, 02:22:20 PM »
I have found the same, Blake, you aren't alone in that.  I've had the same with doctors, too, and I still haven't found a good match.