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    National Organizations
    American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)
    222 South Prospect Avenue Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001
    Contact: Diana Quinlan, CRNA, MA
    Phone: 904.731.4286
    E-mail: peerassist@aol.com
    The AANA established the Peer Assistance Advisors committee. They are involved in research of the education prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery of addiction; and assisting individuals or organizations when requested in the formulation of guidelines regarding intervention, treatment, aftercare and reentry into the workplace of addicted nurse anesthetist.

  • American Nurses Association
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 400 Silver Spring, MD 20910
    Phone: 800.274.4ANA
    Website: www.ana.org
    The American Nurses Association is the only full-service professional organization representing the nation's 2.9 million registered nurses (RNs) through its 54 constituent member associations. The ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public. Additionally, ANA has added to its website a new page to help impaired nurses. The Impaired Nurses Resource Center page offers ssistance not only to those nurses who have chemical dependencies, but to those who wonder if they might. It provides ethical guidance for the individual, regarding obligations not only to the patient, but also the duty one has to one’s self as well. It offers ethical guidelines as well for co-workers who suspect a colleague of impaired practice.

  • Anesthetists in Recovery
    Website: www.aana.com
    Anesthetists in Recovery is a national network of nurse anesthetists who are in recovery from chemical dependency and substance misuse. We respond to impaired anesthetists who call the national hotline or email the Peer Assistance Advisors and offer support, guidance and hope.

  • Consortium of Behavioral Health Nurses & Associates, Inc. (CBHNA)
    1733 H Street, Suite 330 PMB 1214 Blaine, WA 98230
    Phone: 800.876.2236 or 541.485.4421 (8:30 am - 4 pm Pacific Time)
    FAX: 360.332.2280
    E-mail: CBHNA@aol.com
    Website: www.cbhna.org
    Contact: Randy Bryson, RN; Executive Director
    CBHNA is focused on the issues, concerns, and respect of nurses practicing in the specialty of chemical dependency. CBHNA has a national certification for nurses in chemical dependency. Peer assistance issues are referred to resources within the organization with reply usually within a few hours.

  • CyberSober.com
    Website: www.cybersober.com
    An online information and support system for members of Twelve Step and other life improvement programs that provides travelers with directions and maps to more than 134,000 meetings throughout the United States. Organizations include AA, Alanon, and other programs for people and family members with dependencies. This site also provides information on alcoholism drug abuse, eating disorders and more.

  • Legal Action Center
    225 Varick Street New York, NY 10014
    Phone: 212.243.1313
    Toll free: 800.223.4044
    Fax: 212.675.0286
    E-Mail: lacinfo@lac.org
    Website: www.lac.org
    The Legal Action Center is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas. For three decades, LAC has worked to combat the stigma and prejudice that keep these individuals out of the mainstream of society. The Legal Action Center is committed to helping people reclaim their lives, maintain their dignity, and participate fully in society as productive, responsible citizens.

  • Narcotics Anonymous
    World Service Office P.O. Box 9999 Van Nuys, California 91409
    Telephone: 818.773.9999
    Fax: 818.700.0700
    Website: www.na.org
    Narcotics Anonymous provides a recovery process and support network inextricably linked together. One of the keys to NA's success is the therapeutic value of addicts working with other addicts. Members share their successes and challenges in overcoming active addiction and living drug-free productive lives through the application of the principles contained within the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of NA. These principles are the core of the Narcotics Anonymous recovery program.

  • National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)
    111 East Wacker Drive, Suite 2900 Chicago, IL 60601-4277
    Contact: Vickie Sheets
    Phone: 312.525.3631
    Fax: 312.279.1032
    Website: www.ncsbn.org
    Note: Nurses with impaired practice should refer to state listings of appropriate regulatory resource groups. The NCSBN is a regulatory body that has as its members sate boards of nursing. They do not provide advocacy, but they are an excellent resource on nationally compiled disciplinary data. Their Chemical Dependency Handbook for Boards of Nursing is an excellent resource for everyone in peer assistance and is available for purchase.

  • National Organization of Alternative Programs (NOAP)
    P.O. Box 1392 Leander, TX 78646
    Phone: 512.217.1168
    E-mail: administration@alternativeprograms.org
    Website: www.alternativeprograms.org
    Founded in 1999, the mission of NOAP is to promote public safety through participation of impaired healthcare professionals monitoring, rehabilitation and recovery in alternative programs; emphasizing fitness to practice and retention of competent professionals in healthcare; and working in cooperation with regulatory and professional organizations.

  • Nurses in Recovery (NIR)
    Website: brucienne.com/nir/
    This list 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 healthcare professional and be in recovery or have a desire to be in recovery from drug addiction, alcoholism gambling, codependency... any obsessive compulsive addictive process.

  • Professional Health Program Resource Network
    Website: www.phprn.com
    This site is dedicated to helping professionals easily find recovery-related services for those who are in need. While the primary focus has been to assist Physician Health Programs and other Health Professional Wellness Programs the service is available to all Employee Assistance Programs and others in need of referral resources. Listings can be searched nationwide o by region with focus on the particular service required.

  • The Recovery Works Resource
    Website: www.panurses.org/site/Resources/ClinicalCorner.cfm?
    filename=peerassistancere sources.htm

    This resource provides links to resources for many different types of addiction: alcohol, drugs, gambling, sexual, work, grief, food and the Internet. Support group and adolescents information also is provided.

  • Silent Treatment: Addiction in America
    Website: www.silenttreatment.info
    At Silent Treatment: Addiction in America, you will find a wide range of resources and links, the latest research on addiction and treatment and personal stories of daily struggles and victories on the road to recovery—including a comprehensive five-part newspaper series appearing in newspapers nationwide, distributed through McClatchy-Tribune News Service. Groups will find tools and links to connect with others dedicated to improving addiction treatment, as well as information on organizing around Silent Treatment. This multi-media, public education project is produced by Public Access Journalism LLC and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

  • International Organizations Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc.
    Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters (Canada) Inc.
    1600 Corporate Landing Parkway
    Virginia Beach, VA 23454-5617
    Tel: 757.563.1600
    Fax: 757.563.1655
    Email: wso@al-anon.org
    Website: www.al-anon.alateen.org/english.html
    For more than 50 years, Al-Anon (which includes Alateen for younger members) has been offering hope and help to families and friends of alcoholics. It is estimated that each alcoholic affects the lives of at least four other people. Alcoholism is truly a family disease.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous
    Grand Central Station P.O. Box 459 New York, NY 10163
    Find Local Chapters: www.aa.org/en_find_meeting.cfm
    Website: www.aa.org
    Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

  • Association of Nurses in Substance Abuse (ANSA) United Kingdom
    Raj Boyjoonauth, RN, Deputy Director Substance Misuse Service Central and North West London Mental Health NHS Trust c/o 282 North End Road London, UK SW6 1 NH
    Phone: 207.381.7700
    Fax: 207.381.7769
    E-mail: m25patrol@aol.com

  • Patrick Coyne Nurse Consultant Ealing Sector Substance Misuse
    Service Central and North West London Mental Health Trust
    c/o Max Glatt Unit St. Bernard's Wing
    Ealing Hospital Uxbridge Road Southall, Middlesex, England
    Phone: 208.354.8039
    Fax: 208.354.8043
    E-mail: patrick.coyne@nhs.net
    ANSA does not provide a formal peer assistance program at present, but is beginning to raise the issue, and can provide advice. They welcome input from the networking community in this directory.

  • International Council of Nurses (ICN)
    3 Place Jean Marteau 1201 Geneva Switzerland +41-22-908-01-00
    E-mail: webmaster@icn.ch
    Website: www.icn.ch
    The ICN’s mission is to represent nursing worldwide, advancing the profession and influencing health policy. This federation of organizations represents over 120 countries developing standards, guidelines and policies for practice, education, management, research and socioeconomic welfare. This later area addresses issues like occupational health and safety, the impact of AIDS on personnel, nursing retention, etc.

  • International Nurses Anonymous (INA)
    68 Farrington Road
    Croton on Hudson, NY 10520
    Contact: Kathy Kavanaugh, Secretary/Treasurer
    Phone: 914.271.3517
    E-mail: wkavanaugh@aol.com
    Website: members.aol.com/IntNursesAnon
    INA was established in 1988 to serve an unaffiliated network for nurses who are in a 12 step recovery program. Membership is open to any nurse (student or former nurses included) who consider themselves member of a 12-step group. This includes, but is not limited to AA, NA, OA, Alanon, Narcanon, ACOAN CODA, etc. INA provides a mechanism for recovering nurses to find each other and to "12-step" the newly recovering nurse. Confidentiality is assured."

  • International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA)
    P.O. Box 10752 Raleigh, NC 27605
    Phone: 919.821.1292
    Fax: 919.833.5743
    Website: www.intnsa.org

  • IntNSA Peer Assistance Committee
    Chair, Cynthia von Grauvogl Grey
    Dove Services Mission Viejo, CA 92691
    Phone: 949.830.6323
    Email: CvonGrauvogl@ucla.edu
    Note: Both the Consolidated Association of Nurses in Substance Abuse (CANSA) and the Drug and Alcohol Nursing Association (DANA) merged around 1999 with National Nurses Society on Addiction (NNSA) to form IntNSA. The goal of IntNSA is to help nurses provide comprehensive, high-quality nursing care of addicted patients and their families. Among the many missions of IntNSA is an advocacy based belief that "nurses have the right to quality treatment for addiction, peer assistance support, as well as the right to re-enter the workforce when successfully participating in treatment and replace prevention efforts." IntNSA also has a certification process (CARN) and an annual educational conference, with sessions on peer assistance. Their Scope and Standards of Addictions Nursing a joint effort with ANA, Core Curriculum on Addictions Nursing, and advanced certification exam in addictions nursing (CARN-A) and major contribution in their Journal of Addictions Nursing, are examples of their major activities in the field.

  • The Royal College of Nursing - Counseling Service
    20 Cavendish Sq. London W1MOAB
    Phone: 0171 409-3333 (within the United Kingdom)
    Phone: 011 44 171 647-3456 (outside the United Kingdom)
    Website: www.rcn.org.uk
    Email: webteam@rcn.org.uk
    The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is the world's largest professional union of nurses. It has more than 310,000 members - most of who work in the NHS although around a quarter are employed in the independent sector. Working locally, nationally and internationally, the RCN promotes the interests of individual nurses and of nursing as a profession. The RCN is independent and works with all political parties to improve standards of patient care. A registered charity, the RCN is a major contributor to the development of nursing practice and standards of care, as well as being a provider of higher and further education through the RCN Institute. Peer assistance referrals by the RCN are generally through mainstream counseling; however, they also refer to ANSA as a contact.

Treatment Programs
  • Challenges Relapse Treatment & Prevention Program
    5100 Coconut Creek Parkway Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33063
    E-mail: michelle@challenges-program.com
    Website: www.challenges-program.com
    This might need to be removed for it is a treatment program located in Florida. We might want to include it in a future list, if we ever have one for specific treatment programs that has a tract for nurses with addictions.

  • Crossroads at Antigua
    Website: crossroadsantigua.org/website/index.html
    Crossroads Centre is a Facility for the treatment of adults (male and female) who are dependent on alcohol and other drugs. It is a private, non-profit, 36 bed residential centre. The treatment generally lasts four weeks.

  • Farley Center
    Website: www.farleycenter.com
    We strive to blend the professional patient into a treatment setting that minimizes the sense of uniqueness while recognizing the patient's concerns regarding their professional status (i.e. Licensure issues, career management, professional re-entry problems etc).

  • Palmetto Addiction Recovery Center
    Website: www.palmettocenter.com
    Palmetto Addiction Recovery Center provides residential and outpatient therapy for treatment of alcoholism drug addiction, substance abuse, chemical dependence, gambling addiction and sexual addiction. Our addiction therapy plans are developed by a physician who specializes in addiction medicine, and they are tailored to each individual.

  • PRIDE Institute
    Phone: 800.54.PRIDE
    Email: support@pride-institute.com
    Website: www.pride-institute.com
    A resource for chemical dependency and behavioral health services for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. Provides area treatment programs with expertise in addressing the needs of these populations.

  • Rush Behavioral Health
    Website: www.rush.edu
    They provide a variety of treatment programs and services from inpatient detox, if needed, to day and evening structure programs, as well as individualized counseling and specialty groups. In addition, all of our locations also offer a full range of mental health services, including individual assessment and therapy along with specialized groups. All Rush Behavioral Health clinical services are directed by board-certified psychiatrists and addiction medicine specialists, supplemented by master's level clinical therapists.

  • Talbott Recovery Center's Program for Nurses
    Website: www.talbottcampus.com
    The Talbott Recovery Campus is extended outpatient treatment based on the philosophy that chemical dependency is a chronic, relapsing disease that affects the individual physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

  • The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
    Phone: 800.662.HELP
    Email: info@samhsa.hhs.gov
    Website: csat.samhsa.gov
    The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), promotes the quality and availability of community-based substance abuse treatment services for individuals and families who need them. CSAT works with States and community-based groups to improve and expand existing substance abuse treatment services under the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Program. CSAT also supports SAMHSA’s free treatment referral service to link people with the community-based substance abuse services they need.

  • Employee Assistance Professionals Association, Inc.
    4350 North Fairfax Drive Suite 410 Arlington, VA 22203
    Phone: 703.387.1000
    Website: www.eapassn.org
    Established in 1971, the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) is the world’s oldest and largest membership organization for employee assistance professionals, with approximately 5,000 members in the United States and more than 30 other countries. EAPA hosts an annual conference, publishes the Journal of Employee Assistance, and offers training and other resources to enhance the skills and success of its members and the stature of the employee assistance profession. An employee assistance program (EAP) is a worksite-based program designed to assist (1) work organizations in addressing productivity issues and (2) “employee clients” in identifying and resolving personal concerns, including, but not limited to, health, marital, family, financial, alcohol, drug, legal, emotional, stress, or other personal issues that may affect job performance.

  • Employee Assistance Society of North America (EASNA)
    Website: www.easna.org
    EASNA is an association focused on advancing knowledge, research and best practices toward achieving healthy and productive workplaces. Comprised of thought leaders and change agents, EASNA is focused on ensuring that the EA field continues to grow and flourish by broadening its base of engaged and committed stakeholders.

Research/Educational Information
  • Addiction Technology Transfer Center
    Website: www.nattc.org
    The Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network is dedicated to identifying and advancing opportunities for improving addiction treatment. Our vision is to unify science, education and services to transform the lives of individuals and families affected by alcohol and other drug addiction.

  • Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse
    Website: www.amersa.org
    AMERSA is an association of multidisciplinary health care professionals in the field of substance abuse dedicated to improving research and education about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Website: www.niaaa.nih.gov
    NIAAA provides leadership in the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems. NIAAA conducts and supports research in a range of scientific areas, including genetics, neuroscience, epidemiology, health risks and benefits of alcohol consumption prevention, and treatment. The institute also coordinates and collaborates with other research institutes and Federal Programs on alcoholrelated issues.

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
    Website: www.nida.nih.gov
    NIDA's mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. This charge has two critical components: The first is the strategic support and conduct of research across a broad range of disciplines. The second is to ensure the rapid and effective dissemination and use of the results of that research to significantly improve drug abuse and addiction prevention, treatment, and policy.

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
    Website: www.samhsa.gov
    SAMHSA is the Federal agency charged with improving the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death, disability and cost to society resulting from substance abuse and mental illnesses. To order "Treatment Improvement Protocols" (TIPS) and "Treatment Assistance Protocols," (TAPS) visit store.healthorg/catalog/pubseries.aspx or call 800.729.6686.

  • SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
    Website: prevention.samhsa.gov
    CSAP works with States and communities to develop comprehensive prevention systems that create healthy communities in which people enjoy a quality life. This includes supportive work and school environments, drug- and crime-free neighborhoods, and positive connections with friends and family.

  • SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NCADI)
    Website: www.health.org
    The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) is the information service of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in the U.S. Department of Health& Human Services. NCADI is the world's largest resource for current information and materials concerning substance abuse.

Other Links
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
    Website: www.asam.org
    The ASAM's mission includes increasing access to and improve the quality of addictions treatment; educating physicians, medical and osteopathic students, and the public; promoting research and prevention; establishing addiction medicine as a specialty recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

  • International Association for Pain and Chemical Dependence
    Website: www.ampainsoc.org
    The American Pain Society is a multidisciplinary organization of basic and clinical scientists, practicing clinicians, policy analysts, and others. The mission of the American Pain Society is to advance pain-related research, education, treatment and professional practice.

  • Talbott Recovery Center Medication Guide
    Website: www.brucienne.com/nir/Medication_Guide.htm

  • PBS Moyers on Addiction
    Website: www.wnet.org/closetohome/home.html
    "My wife, Judith, and I thought we knew about addiction, until it came close to home," says Bill Moyers, referring to his oldest son's struggle with drugs and alcohol. "What we learned about addiction and are still learning, prompted this [5-part] series. It's not about use, or even the occasional abuse, of a substance. We're talking about an obsessive desire – when something you take, drink, or smoke becomes the master of your mind and the tyrant of your life."
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