About Kristin Bryan
Kristin Bryan, ARNP-BC,PMHNP-BC is an experienced Psychiatric and Family Nurse Practitioner with years of experience in Addiction Medicine. Ms. Bryan received her Master’s Degree as a Nurse Practitioner from Georgetown University, D.C. Ms.Bryan started her career as a nurse practitioner at a federally qualified clinic in New Jersey and was instrumental in starting the clinic’s first medication-assisted treatment program treating those with mental health ailments and substance use disorders. Ms.Bryan is a member of ASAM and was hired under a SAMHSA grant to provide primary care to those with mental health and substance abuse disorder. Ms.Bryan has been a medication-assisted treatment provider for the past eight years.
“Substance abuse is not a moral failing-we need to change societal norms and educate communities and families that addiction is a multifactorial disease that is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. Compared to the past, ideas on addiction have changed drastically and have led to increased public awareness, decreased stigma, increased research, and the development of successful prevention efforts and treatment methods but more can be done. Ms.Bryan is a firm believer that “no one wakes up on a bright and sunny Tuesday and says to themselves ‘today would be a great day to shove poison into my veins because I feel mentally great’”.
Ms.Bryan aims to educate those whose lives have been effected by substance abuse that the stigma around mental health and addiction needs to change. Patients can get better and learn they are worth the effort to invest the time into their future.