On-line Recovery Resources
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. For more information http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/airforsobriety/
Center for Disease Control (CDC) - outlines important steps that can be taken by state governments, medical boards, health insurance companies and prescribers to bring the epidemic of overdose deaths and addiction under control in CDC Vital Signs: Prescription Painkiller Overdoses in U.S. at http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/PainkillerOverdoses/index.html
Health Care Professionals In Recovery (HCPIR) is an on-line forum that is moderated and closed (meaning it is only open to health care professionals that are in recovery from chemical dependency or in need of recovery.) For more information visit http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/recoveringhcps/
NurseNRecovery - A website designed to provide help and hope for nurses suffering from addiction, http://www.nursenrecovery.com contains some helpful information for nurses and their families.
Nurses In Recovery began mainly for recovering nurses. Since then all recovering health care professionals are welcome to join and participate. The only requirement is that the participant be a health care professional and be in recovery or have a desire to be in recovery from drug addiction, alcoholism, gambling, codependency... any obsessive compulsive addictive process. To request participation, send an e-mail to: email@example.com and type the word SUBSCRIBE in the subject field.
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. For more information http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/PAIRforsobriety/
Peer Advocacy for Impaired Nurses assists nurses in finding attorneys, interventionists and treatment facilities. Founded by Jack Stem, a recovering CRNA who understands what a nurse faces when dealing with substance use disorders, he provides educational workshops as well as policy review and development services to nursing schools, healthcare facilities and other organizations as well as recovery mentoring and relapse prevention to individual nurses. http://www.peeradvocacyforimpairednurses.com
Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP) - http://responsibleopioidprescribing.org is a group physicians who believe that it's not just pill mill operators and drug dealers that are fueling the prescription painkiller epidemic. According to PROP, an even greater problem may be well-meaning prescribers who have been misled to believe that compassionate care for a person with chronic pain automatically equals an opioid prescription. Videos available at PROP:
On-line Recovery Resources are provided as a service without implying endorsement or recommendation as we are not responsible for the content of these sites.
AIR (Anesthetists in Recovery) 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 and responds to impaired anesthetists who call the national hotline or email the Peer Assistance Advisors and offer support, guidance and hope. For more information call 215-635-0183 or 215-872-6821 or visit http://www.aana.com/Resources.aspx?ucNavMenu_TSMenuTargetID=154&ucNavMenu_TSMenuTargetType=4&ucNavMenu_TSMenuID=6&id=1224
Al-Anon Family Groups (Al-Anon) is an international fellowship that has only one purpose - to help families and friends of alcoholics. They do this by practicing the Twelve Steps of A.A. themselves, encouraging and understanding their alcoholic relatives, and welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is an international fellowship of individuals who share their experience, strength and hope that they may recover from alcoholism.
The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), the professional association for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student nurse anesthetists, has offered expertise in peer assistance for 25 years. The website provides excellent information on chemical dependency in the profession, and links to valuable resources which nurses outside the specialty may find helpful.
American Nurses Association (ANA) is the only full-service professional organization representing the nation's 2.9 million registered nurses (RNs) through its 54 constituent member associations.
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is a federal agency which is under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The website is helpful in identifying chemical dependency treatment.
The International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) is a professional specialty organization for nurses with a mission to advance excellence in addictions nursing practice through advocacy, collaboration, education, research and policy development.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is an international fellowship of individuals recovering from drug addiction, who practice the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of N.A.
Nar-Anon Family Groups (Nar-Anon) is a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone's addiction. As a Twelve Step program, they offer help by sharing their experience, strength and hope.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers support to those in crises and can be accessed via internet or phone.
Professional Health Program Resource Network assists professionals in finding recovery services.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is the nation's largest philanthropy. The Foundation is devoted to improving the health and health care of all Americans by working with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve meaningful and timely change. Their website offers much information on chemical dependency.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a federal agency focused on facilitating recovery in people who have, or are at risk from, mental or substance use disorders.
Books and Videos
Addiction, The HBO Series. Produced by John Hoffman and Susan Froemke. DVD is available through www.hbo.com. Home Box Office, 2007
Al-Anon and Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters. Paths to Recovery – Al-Anon’s Steps, Traditions and Concepts. Virginia Beach, VA: Al-Anon Family Group headquarters, Inc., 1997.
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. Alcoholics Anonymous. New York City, NY: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., 1939, 1955, 1976, 2001.
Combs, Jared. Incomprehensible Demoralization: An Addict Pharmacist’s Journey To Recovery. USA: Xlibris Corporation, 2008.
Conyers, Beverly. Addict in the Family: Stories of Loss, Hope and Recovery. Center City, MN: Hazelden Publishing and Educational Services, 2003.
Hoffman, John and Susan Froemke, eds. HBO’s Addiction: Why Can’t They Just Stop? New York: Rodale Press, 2007.
Johnson, Vernon. Intervention: How to Help Someone Who Doesn’t Want to Be Helped. Center City, MN: Hazelden Publishing, 1986.
McGinnis, Sheryl Letzgus. I Am Your Disease: The Many Faces of Addiction. Denver, CO: Outskirts Press, Inc., 2006.
Mooney, Al J., Arlene Eisenberg and Howard Eisenberg. The Recovery Handbook. New York, NY: Workman Publishing, 1992.
Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home. Directed by Bill Moyers. VHS. Curriculum Media Group, 1998.
Moyers, William C., and Katherine Ketcham. Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption. New York: Viking,
NCSBN Substance Use Disorders in Nurses Manual available at https://www.ncsbn.org/SUDN_09.pdf
Stein, Michael. The Addict: One Patient, One Doctor, One Year. New York: William Morrow, 2009.
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