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The common misconception about the dental care industry is that anyone can become a dental care professional. This misnomer has been misleading hundreds of Australians who want to jumpstart a career in the industry. The reality is that in order to become a bona fide dental care professional, you should undergo months and even years of training and education. You have to master all aspects of dentistry, from simple cleaning to major procedures like invisalign and clear braces. Simply put, for you to become a dentist, you have to undergo training and education.


If you are contemplating about becoming a dentist one day, you may wonder if it is a practical aspiration. You may quick to ask yourself these questions: “Will there be any job openings when I graduate from dentistry school?” and “Is it a good-paying career?” In order to answer these questions, it is important to weigh in the benefits of taking up dental care courses. Below are some of the salient points why it is practical to study dental care courses and become a dentist


  1. The dental care industry continuously grow­– The good thing about the industry is that its growth is continuous. The demand for dental care never decreases, and at some point, dental care is almost always recession-proof. There are many people getting clear braces and other related procedures; hence, if you choose to become a professional dentist, you should not have a hard time starting your career since the job market for such professionals is quite healthy and competitive. The industry is still growing, improving, and emerging, which is good news for both professionals and aspiring professionals.


  1. The job market is healthy – As mentioned above, there are many job opportunities for graduates of dental care courses. Since the demand for dental care is high, it is not surprising that many dental clinics and dental care centers are constantly on the lookout for deserving and qualified professionals. Furthermore, you should know that not only local employers are looking for dental health professionals since there are many job opportunities in other countries as well. Hence, if you choose to take up dental care courses, you should not find it difficult to jumpstart your career.


  1. Skills growth is easily attained – Perhaps you are wondering whether or not dental care course is for you since you are doubtful about your skills. You should realize that you are not required to have prior experience or to have firsthand knowledge on dental care for you to become a good student. Your dentistry school and instructors will help you to realize your full potentials and hone your talents, preparing you to become a legitimate and skilled dental care professional in the future. In a nutshell, if you are willing to learn, you should not have a hard time in studying dental care courses.


  1. It is a good-paying career – After completing your education and obtaining your diploma, you can already start your career in the industry. You may either choose to become a dentist or a business owner. Either way, you can be sure to have a good-paying career. This is because the demand for dental care is consistently high and ever growing. You can easily take advantage of this trend and build a lucrative career. Aside from having a good career, you are also able to practice what you learned and do what you love.


If you wish to become a dental care professional in Australia, you may want to learn more about the training programs and courses offered by top schools in your area. There are many good quality schools throughout the country, which should not make it difficult for you to start your career in the industry.

When you took your first drink or smoked your first joint or even popped your first ecstasy tab in a club, did you think about the possible consequences? Of course not. Life’s for aliving, having fun with your friends, partying. When you’re young, you’re untouchable, you are eternal. You look at your peers, and you copy them. You look at adults, and, yes, you copy them too. Youth – you can’t beat that feeling of forever it gives you.


I’m no killjoy. I loved a good time and had a good time with the best of them. For a while, at least. I still love a good time, don’t get me wrong. It’s just now it can’t be driven by chemicals I drink or smoke or ingest for the sole purpose of affecting my brain. It’s as simple as that. Why? Because I’m an addict. I suffer from the chronic brain disease that is anaddiction. Back when I was younger, left untreated, I would probably have died. Actually, the evidence was and still is quite clear. Somebody else would be writing this.


Addiction doesn’t care about the personal or social or physical or mental consequences of being in your life, being right there in your head, today and every day. As an addict, you don’t care either. You only care about chasing that feeling, that removal from the real world, that got your hooked on your substance of choice in the first place.


In case you’re wondering, I’m not drunk, high or wasted. Right now, I’m me. Years of abuse came to an end with months of treatment in a rehab center, and now years of hard recovery, out here in the real world, one I can’t afford to escape or hide from anymore. Treatment is about getting clean; recovery is about staying that way.


What follows are 6 essential facts you need to know about addiction. They will educate you (hopefully), but they will offer no guarantees that you won’t become an addict yourself. By the same token, they won’t predict your future when dealing with addictive substances or behavior.


  1. Addiction is Non-Discriminatory


So why do some people become addicts and others don’t? As an addict, I can’t tell you, and that’s the truth. If I were a fully-qualified, medical professional, even specializing in addiction and its causes, I could not (repeat, not) give you a definitive answer either. I could speak to you about the possible factors involved, and the potential indicators of a predisposition to the disease, like genetics, history of sexual or physical abuse, the age you start, and so forth, but that would be it.


No-one, absolutely no-one, can look at you, speak with you, and examine you and say, “Don’t ever drink. You will 100% turn into a drunk,” or “Never smoke a joint. You’ll be on crack before the year is out.” Addiction doesn’t discriminate – it doesn’t care who you are. It also doesn’t care that it is a potentially fatal disease, and you could well be its next victim.


  1. Addiction Has No Cure


Addicts, once clean, have only one option – to stay clean. There is no secret pill to remove the disease of addiction from your brain and your life, no-one to cast a magical spell and it’ll all be over. You have the disease, and only staying clean, living with it in acceptance every day, will protect you from its harm.


I’d like to share this with you. When I left my rehab, at our last group meeting there together, the others wrote messages on the whiteboard, to wish me well on the next part of the journey. I remember them all, but one got it just right:


If you can, you won’t be back.

If you can’t, you won’t be back either.”


How true…


  1. Substance Addiction = Brain Damage


Many of the substances that people become addicted to are the result of the impact of their constituent chemicals upon the brain. In other words, how they make you feel, your “buzz.” However, long-term use of these drugs will damage the way your brain functions, even the brain’s physical structure. It can well lead to physical problems in other parts of your body, simply because your brain is unable to function properly.


The potential damage to your brain includes:


  • Mental HealthDisorders, such as
    • Anxiety and Depression
    • SleepDisorders
    • Aggression
    • Possiblepsychosis
  • MemoryImpairment, eg. blackouts
  • Actual Brain Shrinkage (caused by the brain’s inability to repair damaged cells)
  • Hepatic Encephalopathy (caused by cirrhosis of the liver)
  • Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome: Initially, Wernicke’s encephalopathy, followed by Korsakoff syndrome; symptoms include:
    • Severememoryloss
    • Confabulation (orinventedmemories)
    • Lack of perception
    • Inability to converse
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Impairment of brain development in unborn children


  1. Addiction is Financial Costly Too


The impact, in terms of the damage to those affected by addiction, is incalculable. You have the addicts themselves, their families, their friends, their work colleagues, the societies and communities they were once part of, and the list goes on and on. However, look at it in strictly financial terms, and it is calculable.


Google the term “cost of addiction in the US” and you’ll get plenty of results, with all of them running intobillion-dollar sums. For example, the financialcost of alcohol addiction alone in the U.S. is $249 billion every single year. Look at the problem of U.S. drug misuse, and the figure gets higher. Addiction and abuse of drugs cost an estimated $484 billion every year, including such things as healthcare, lost wages, crime and associated criminal proceedings, to name but a few of the knock-on effects.


  1. Addiction Could Even Be Waiting in Your Bathroom Cabinet


When people think of addicts, they think of “no-hopers,” pretty much like the one I used to be. Now, however, I’m a recovering addict and I have hope. They probably won’t look at the guy across the street, in real pain with his back for months now, and think the same thing. However, with addiction’s non-discriminatory nature, that guy’s at risk too.


The rise of opioid abuse through painkilling medication in the U.S. over recent years has been astronomical. People living in physical pain are at high risk of becoming addicted to the very painkillers, prescribed by their doctors, that are meant to alleviate their physical suffering. Worse still, many opioid addicts will move onto heroin, due to tolerance factors.


  1. The Good News: Addiction is Treatable


Addiction has no cure. However, you can receive a special treatment for it. There are many types of addiction – substance (drugs, alcohol, nicotine, etc.), gambling, and sex are the most common – and all have treatment programs available, designed and modified from years and years of study and research.


Your chances of success are yours, and yours alone. Yes, there is medicated detox, one-to-one and group therapy, counseling, regular “anonymous-type” meetings, exercise regimes, new diets, meditation classes, and so on, but, in the end, it is your life, your choice, and your recovery.


Think Seriously…


So, those are your 6 essential facts about addiction – facts you need to be aware of: it’s non-discriminatory, there is no cure, substance abuse is brain damage, it’s costly in so many ways, it can even be lurking in your bathroom cabinet, but, and I repeat, but, it is treatable.


This has been a stark article to write, but what is written above is important to get across. If there are other points you think need to be made or examples of your own experiences with the disease of addiction, please share in the comments below. Do you think, for example, there will ever be a cure for something like alcohol addiction, or are we always destined to live under its potential shadow? Please, let us know your thoughts.


If any of the above has made you think seriously about your alcohol consumption, you social drug use, even a particular behavior you constantly seek to make happen, pleasespeak to someone, a friend, a family member or your doctor. Remember, addiction can be treated, and that will never change.

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