Peer Assistance

AANA Peer Assistance is support for CRNAs and student nurse anesthetists for substance use disorder (SUD)

Peer Assistance Helpline* (800) 654-5167 

If you or someone you know needs assistance, help is available! 

See the Getting Help guidelines to: 

New! Making Lemonade: One CRNAs Story of Addiction and Recovery (​ - share this video with co-workers, families, and friends to help to raise awareness of the need to identify the signs and behaviors of impaired CRNAs and student nurse anesthetists to get help for substance use disorder (SUD). 

More information about AANA Peer Assistance resources as published in the 2016 AANA Congress Daily, September 1, 2015.


 Book Review

Reviewer: Art Zwerling, CRNA, DNP, DAAPM 
Reviewers: Ann Bostic, CRNA, DNP and Martha Kral, CRNA, BSN

 AANA Peer Support Info

​*AANA Peer Assistance support 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. 

 Health & Wellness Contacts


Peer Assistance in Your State

Peer Assistance Advisors

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Hotline
1 (800) 273-TALK
Anesthetists in Recovery (AIR)
Health and Wellness Committee

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


 Drug Diversion


USA Today Addresses Drug Diversion Issue

A video interview with CRNA Anita Bertrand is featured in a USA Today article, “Doctors, Medical Staff on Drugs Put Patients at Risk,” published in print and online editions on April 16, 2014. The impetus for the article was the recently formed Drug Diversion Prevention Committee’s work to bring awareness to the topic with the goal for broad based nationwide improvements in preventing diversion. Learn more (member log-in required).


 State Peer Advisors Info


​State Peer Advisors (SPA) are an integral part of the AANA's peer support network. 

More information about the important SPA volunteer role:

  • SPA Position Description
  • Criteria for Appointment
  • How to apply
  • Tools for SPAs