Addiction and Chemical Dependency


 Addictions information and resources


​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.

Government Agencies​
Drug and Alcohol Support Groups​
National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NCADI) Al-Anon Family Groups
National Council State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) - Substance Use Disorders Guidelines
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Anesthetists in Recovery (AIR)

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices Faces and Voices of Recovery
Substance Abuse and mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Join Together


Related Associations​
​NIAAA Resources/Brochures
American Nurses Association (ANA) – Impaired Nurses Resource Center
College Drinking: Changing the Culture
American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)

Drinking and Your Pregnancy

Family History of Alcoholism, Are you at risk?
American Pain Society

Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol with Medicines

Rethinking Drinking, Alcohol and Your Health 

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)
National Organization of Alternative Programs (NOAP)