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This week, November 13-19, is Alcohol Awareness Week, an annual campaign run by Alcohol Concern. This year, Alcohol Concern is partnering with AdFam and using the opportunity to start a conversation around problematic alcohol use to help break the cycle of silence and stigma that is all too often experienced by families. They will also be helping families to find the support they need.
The British Doctors and Dentists’ Group [BDDG] is a group of doctors and dentists who are recovering from, or wish to recover from, addiction / dependency on alcohol and / or other drugs. There are 18 active BDDG groups, 17 in the UK and 1 in Ireland. The groups generally meet once a month to share experiences, strengths and hopes, in order to understand their common problems and to help, and encourage, other members / colleagues into recovery.
“The meetings are focussed on sharing our journeys and our difficulties, both personal and professional,” explains a former BDDG Chair, Dr Bunmi Aboaba. “We also share what has helped us with our recovery, and we find that being in a group of people in the same profession, with the same issues, gives great support. It also helps people to know that they are not alone.
“Doctors and dentists new to recovery or struggling with addiction can take great encouragement by meeting their fellows who are just ahead of them in recovery and how they did it, or fellows who are years in recovery. Attending the BDDG catapulted me personally into recovery and today I am grateful for 10 years of happy sobriety.“
There was a self-help group for lawyers with alcohol addition, which operated from 1983 to around 2000, called the Lawyers Support Group. It was one of the organisations involved in the foundation of LawCare, and was latterly run by Jonathan Goodliffe. “I would personally be willing to support the group’s revival, although I’m not sure there is enough interest,” says Mr Goodliffe.
Download our factsheet on alcohol https://www.lawcare.org.uk/files/factsheet-alcohol.pdf or call 0800 279 6888