Is DAO the only way to refer to a field's description property in table?

I enter comments in my fields when designing tables.
Then from the code I want to refer to that value so I can tell the user a little about what they should ener (type or range or whatever).

This works in DAO,
Set ctl = Screen.ActiveControl
Set fld = rstCRF.Fields(ctl.ControlSource)
msgbox fld.Properties("Description")

but I'm trying to not use DAO anymore. Can anyone help me???

please oh please oh please oh please oh please oh please