First, if you are a CRNA or student nurse anesthetist with addiction, chemical dependency, or substance misuse, there is help available - see the AANA Peer Assistance homepage or Getting Help for yourself and others. See also:
The below links are to external sites; these are provided as a convenience and do not imply endorsement. AANA Health and Wellness is not responsible for any content on these websites but hopes they help support your well-being.
New January 2015: CDC Report on Alcohol Poisoning Deaths
More than 2,200 alcohol poisoning deaths in the U.S. each year (average 6/day)
Three in four deaths are adults 35 - 64, and mostly occur among men
Follow CDC link
to information of what nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals can do to help.
November 12, 2014: National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) Researchers Confirm Important Brain Reward Pathway - "glutamate, not serotonin, is responsible for activating this reward circuitry."
SAMHSA Wellness Initiative provides a Holistic Guide to Whole-Person Wellness to encourage people with mental health and substance use conditions to incorporate Eight Dimensions of Wellness into their lives: physical, emotional, financial, social, occupational, intellectual, environmental, and spiritual.
The Recovery Research Institute (RRI) is an
exciting new initiative at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for
Addiction Medicine and Harvard Medical School to advance recovery research. RRI is an important new resource for the recovery community as they hope to identify and publicize what is known, and highlighting what new
information needs to be gathered.