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Specialized Treatment For Anesthesia Professionals

Drug Rehab for Anesthesia Professionals

Parkdale Center for Professionals is a strategic partner of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA), providing crucial addiction treatment to nurse anesthesiologists. From facilitating the AANA Helpline calls to continuing education, securing resources, and promoting advocacy, Parkdale has a unique expertise in treating hundreds of anesthesia professionals while maintaining a high rate of sobriety successes. (https://parkdalecenter.com/sobriety-rate-success/) 

Anesthesia professionals are at a higher risk of developing a substance use disorder (SUD) than the general population because of the nature of their occupation: long hours at work, repeated exposure to high stress situations, increased access to controlled substances, and the knowledge of how to use these anesthesia medications.

At Parkdale, we understand that early detection of a SUD is imperative in preventing and reducing harm to both the impaired professional and their patients. This can often be a struggle for an anesthesia professional because the individual suffering from a SUD is often the last one to recognize there is a problem. Early detection is also difficult to identify because of the subtle nuisances in behavior and the many interdependent relationships that have been established. 

AANA Helpline Resource: Signs & Behaviors, Intervention Essentials, Treatment Recommendations, and Re-entry Criteria for Anesthesia Professionals

Parkdale is aware of the necessity of balancing your career, your personal life, and your sobriety. We offer specialized treatment programs that cater to the specific needs of your profession.

Re-entry into the anesthesia field can be complicated due to constant opioid access, which not only threatens one’s sobriety, but it also exponentially increases the probability of relapse. Long-term, sustainable recovery is attainable, and Parkdale supports this through appropriate treatment, continuing aftercare, ongoing peer support, and collaborative decision-making for a safe return to the head of the bed. 


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If you or an anesthesia professional you know needs support for alcohol or other drug use, help is available.

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Our AANA Partnership

Since 1983, AANA has stood at the forefront of healthcare associations dedicated to advancing the physical and mental well-being of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesiologists (CRNA) and Resident Registered Nurse Anesthesiologists (RRNA). In 2018, Parkdale established a collaborative partnership with the AANA, leveraging our expertise in SUD to assist anesthesia professionals. From 2019 to 2024, Parkdale has responded to more than 600 AANA Helpline calls, answering informational inquiries and offering alcohol and other drug related support to anesthesia professionals. This partnership has broadened our impact, aiding CRNAs and RRNAs, confronting a SUD or facing suspicions of drug diversion. 

The expanded alliance between Parkdale and the AANA seeks to heighten awareness of the AANA Helpline to ensure swift assistance in the early stages of a problematic use of alcohol or other drugs. Our goal is to intervene early and promptly, offer vital support to those in need, and circumvent challenges associated with delayed assistance by facilitating expedited admission into treatment.

(For more information on our impactful alliance, visit https://www.aana.com/news/parkdale-center-and-american-association-of-nurse-anesthesiology-partner-to-improve-access-to-care-for-substance-use-disorder/)

How We Help

Our Comprehensive Treatment Program

Parkdale is committed to working with various regulatory, legislative, investigative, monitoring, and treatment organizations to ensure our program far exceeds expectations. In addition, Parkdale maintains strict patient confidentiality while adhering to all HIPAA regulations.

Our comprehensive treatment program adamantly promotes public safety while complying with all treatment recommendations from involved parties, and with local, state, and federal authorities. (This is why you see the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) standards accreditation seal of approval on our website. We take these standards very seriously.)

Related facts:

  • Anesthesia professionals, when compared with other healthcare clinicians, are at an increased risk for a SUD. 
  • Anesthesiologists may suffer from addiction with any number of substances, though addiction to opioids remains the most common.
  • The risk of harm is greater with access to highly addictive and potentially lethal anesthesia drugs. 
  • Among anesthesia professionals with a SUD, death is a risk whether it occurs during the first presentation or following a later return to use. 11% fatality rate, with propofol implicated in all drug related deaths among Australian and New Zealand anesthesia professionals. 
  • 15% of anesthesiology residents used drugs before starting training; 80% of programs reported experience with impaired residents
  • 19% of US anesthesiology residency programs reported at least one pretreatment fatality.

(SOURCES: Bryson EO, Silverstein JH. Addiction and substance abuse in anesthesiologyAnesthesiology. 2008;109(5):905–917. doi:10.1097/ALN.0b013e3181895bc1; AANA Addressing Substance Use Disorder in Anesthesia Professionals, position statement. August 2021)

Help for Professionals

Who We Help

Parkdale focuses on treating professionals across the United States in highly accountable industries, who struggle with addiction. Parkdale utilizes innovative programs and solutions that meet those struggling with substance use disorder. Privacy and anonymity are of the utmost importance to the team at Parkdale.

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Withdrawal Management

We offer medically supervised withdrawal management to help you take the first step towards freedom.

Partial Hospitalization

Our partial hospitalization program offers you the benefits of inpatient treatment without the restrictions.

Intensive Outpatient

The intensive outpatient program at Parkdale Center was designed specifically for working professionals.
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Your Professional Journey at Parkdale Center

At Parkdale Center, we recognize that each professional faces unique challenges, balancing their career, responsibilities, and work-life equilibrium. Our mission is to help you navigate through these stressors and triggers that may have led you towards addiction. Whether you’re a nurse, lawyer, physician, pilot, corporate executive, athlete, laborer, or engineer, your work identity plays a significant role in shaping life’s outcomes and opportunities.

We take pride in serving a diverse community of professionals struggling with substance use. Our team is just a phone call away, ready to address your questions and concerns and find the best fit for you or your loved one. During this stage, we provide a thorough assessment, estimating the required treatment length, detox needs, cost factors, and charting the course ahead.

Reach out to us at 888-402-9364 for a Commitment-Free Phone Assessment.

Experience our intensive, full-time Residential/Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) set in the serene and historic Parkdale facility near the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan. The program provides access to all our treatment services, and the length of stay is tailored to individual needs.

Learn more about Parkdale’s Residential/ Partial Hospitalization Program.

To support a successful transition back to everyday life, Parkdale offers assistance for local individuals or collaboration with Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) in their hometowns. This stage fosters new, healthy habits and provides a support system to prevent relapse and encourage lasting sobriety.

Our commitment to your success extends beyond treatment. The stage post-IOP is termed “Aftercare,” where we facilitate new beginnings and long-term sobriety through continued support and group meetings. We also provide support for families, employers, and colleagues, if desired.

Long-term sponsor engagement Group meetings to create a supportive environment Continued support for families, employers, and colleagues, as desired.

At Parkdale, we understand the significance of re-entering your career with renewed confidence. Our unique Career Restoration Program offers highly accountable professionals documented sobriety and compliance, ensuring a smooth return to work. We can assist you in forming a comprehensive return-to-work contract with your current employer or potentially a new one, providing peace of mind and accountability for all parties involved.

If you’re committed to maintaining sobriety but facing challenges finding work in your profession, Parkdale is here to guide you. You are not alone!

Learn more about Parkdale’s Career Restoration Program.

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