Getting Peer Assistance Help for Yourself and Others

Steps for CRNAs and students to get help if the issue is:​
Life threatening/potential immediate risk for harm to self or others: 
  • Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room or treatment center
  • Call the Suicide Hotline 1(800) 273-TALK (8255). Veterans, press extension 1.
Drug or alcohol related:
If it's not for alcohol or drug related issue, some options:   
 See also the AANA Peer Assistance FAQs
  
 

 Helpline info

 
​​*The AANA Peer Assistance Helpline is intended to provide resources and act as an information center for the purpose of providing helpful peer support to CRNAs in need of assistance for chemical dependency/substance abuse. Although the helpline is administered by trained volunteers, it is not a professional treatment or counseling program.  No person associated with the helpline, including any AANA staff or volunteers, is authorized to make a medical diagnosis, provide professional therapy, treatment or counseling, or provide legal or other professional advice of any kind.  Please consult your personal medical provider or legal counsel for all such services.  In addition, with the limited exception of anonymous demographic data, which is maintained for reporting purposes only, all information provided by a person contacting the helpline will be kept confidential to the extent required by applicable laws.  However, please note that all AANA staff and volunteers are required to comply fully with all applicable state laws regarding mandated reporting. 
 

 Reasons to seek help:

 

Alcohol and drug misuse are progressive diseases.  The consequences of not seeking help for nurse anesthetists and other healthcare professionals include:

  • Damage to physical and mental health
  • Workplace mistakes
  • Impaired decision making threatens patient safety
  • Risk of malpractice
  • Felony convictions
  • Loss or restrictions on nursing license
  • Prohibited from CRNA practice 
  • Financial loss
  • Family distress and ultimate loss
  • Accidents, and
  • Death​
 

 Treatment

 
Anesthesia professionals and students have unique treatment needs, see AANA Peer Assistance Advisors' recommendations
 

 Re-Entry to Work

 
​Anesthesia providers face special occupational risks and challenges when returning to the workplace.  See the post treatment recommendations.