Anesthetists in Recovery (AIR)

Anesthetists in Recovery (AIR) is a national network  of nurse anesthetists who are in recovery from chemical dependency and substance misuse. It is an organization involved with both education and networking for reasons of peer assistance. 

An AIR meeting is held on site at each AANA Annual Meeting, which is open to all attendees.  AIR meetings are also encouraged for every state nurse anesthesia association meeting.
Call (713) 201-3948

 AIR for Sobriety Support Group

AIR For Sobriety is a national moderated e-group that consists of CRNAs/student nurse anesthetists that are in recovery or need of recovery from chemical dependency. It is absolutely confidential and anonymous and has no affiliation with any other organization. Members can post at whatever level of sharing that they are comfortable with. We have no reporting function with any certifying or licensure body.
Our primary purpose is to help one another achieve and maintain sobriety/clean time and reach out to the student nurse anesthetist/CRNA that still suffers.
Video from the Wearing Masks video series: Support: Anesthetists in Recovery (AIR) 4 minute video
Articles on AIR:
Anesthetists in Recovery, Chemical Dependency in the Profession by Carlos Ratliff, CRNA (​In Memoriam, Carlos "Rusty" Ratliff, CRNA - link to follow)
Saving Lives: AIR/PAIR by Anita Bertrand, CRNA, MS

 Partners in Recovery Support Group

Partners in Recovery (PAIR) is an online e-group for mutual support for the partners/significant others of CRNAs or student nurse anesthetists that are in recovery from chemical dependency or in need of recovery from chemical dependency. 

 Health & Wellness Contacts


Peer Assistance Helpline
(800) 654-5167 
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Hotline
1 (800) 273-TALK
Anesthetists in Recovery (AIR)
(713) 201-3948
Peer Assistance in Your State 
Peer Assistance Advisors 

Health and Wellness Committee

AANA Staff:
Julie Rice, Manager AANA Health and Wellness and Peer Assistance Programs
(847) 655-1114 or


 Members of AIR agree


Members of AIR agree with the American Medical Association (AMA) definition that chemical dependency is a primary, psychosocial, and biogenetic disease. The symptoms of the disease are cunning and baffling as is the disease itself.

Although there is no cure for addiction, there can be lifelong remission contingent on:

  • Prompt detection
  • Intervention
  • Treatment,
  • Adherence to aftercare program involving 12-step groups, peer support groups, and carefully timed re-entry into the anesthesia profession.
  • Re-entry must be structured with tools such as back-to-work contracts.  

There are recovering anesthetists working as disciplined professionals all over the country today, who are grateful to be in recovery.