Substance Abuse Information and Education
Anonymous World Services
- Al-Anon - Hope and help for families and friends of alcoholics
Peer Assistance Advisors
- Peer Assistance Online Resource Directory
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)
222 South Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001
Contact: Diana Quinlan, CRNA, MA
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
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
- Anesthetists in Recovery
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
Blaine, WA 98230
Phone: 800.876.2236 or 541.485.4421 (8:30 am - 4 pm Pacific Time)
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.
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
Toll free: 800.223.4044
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
- 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
- Patrick Coyne
Ealing Sector Substance Misuse
Central and North West London Mental Health Trust
c/o Max Glatt Unit
St. Bernard's Wing
Southall, Middlesex, England
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
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
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
- IntNSA Peer Assistance Committee
Chair, Cynthia von Grauvogl
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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.
Phone: 0171 409-3333 (within the United Kingdom)
Phone: 011 44 171 647-3456 (outside the United Kingdom)
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
- Challenges Relapse Treatment & Prevention Program
5100 Coconut Creek Parkway
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33063
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Arlington, VA 22203
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
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)
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
- Addiction Technology Transfer Center
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
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
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
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
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)
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
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)
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.
- American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
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
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
- PBS Moyers on Addiction
"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."