Providing information for People & Families to Recover
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Recovery Centers are limiting on-site services. Recognizing the importance of continued social connectedness to maintain recovery at this time, the Centers are initiating new opportunities. Please call your local recovery center to find out what services are currently being offered.

(Find the Recovery Center closest to you by visiting the Recovery Hub and clicking on a gold icon on the map and calling the Center.)

You can also access virtual recovery meetings and other resources by visiting the Recovery Hub today.
 
 

NH Recovery Centers Increase Digital Connections

Those in recovery from substance use disorder have been forced to isolate themselves and attend meetings online as recovery centers across the state close and transition to telehealth in a response to the Covid-19 pandemic affecting the world.
While isolation can be dangerous for those in recovery, John Burns, Director of SOS Recovery Community Organization, said "there is a silver lining in all this."

"There's a lot of people connecting to [these meetings] virtually that were in areas, whether it's social anxiety or transportation barriers or whatever that might be, they're connecting to these virtual meetings and they weren't connecting to any meetings prior," Burns said this morning on NHPR's The Exchange.
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COVID-19 Outbreak Impacts People In Addiction Recovery

Long before the pandemic, this country was trying to fight another public health emergency - addiction. Doctors are now warning that the coronavirus could escalate deaths for drug and alcohol users unless recovery and treatment programs change. Here's Martha Bebinger from WBUR in Boston.

Addiction Recovery Services Navigate Social Distancing

With the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the globe, everyone is being urged to isolate at home and distance themselves from one another. But what happens if you’re in recovery for substance use disorder and isolating yourself is detrimental to your health? We discuss how recovery centers are providing care remotely and how those in recovery are coping.
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Pro tip - Working Remotely

 

New NH DHHS Resource

You are not alone. Everyone is feeling some level of anxiety and discomfort right now. It is normal to feel this way. If you or a loved one have struggled with anxiety or other mental health concerns, this may be an even more difficult time for you. Here are some tips and resources to help.

This flyer contains hints for coping with stress during an epidemic, resource links and much more. Visit the DHHS Covid-19 information page or download the PDF now.
 

Essential Harm Reduction

Harm Reductionist Ryan Fowler, who works at HIV / HCV Resource Center in Sullivan and Grafton Counties, discusses the importance of harm reduction as an essential service to vulnerable people.

Harm Reduction Considerations

In addition to isolation and anxiety caused by Covid-19, people who use drugs or alcohol problematically also face a number of additional challenges.

Alcohol and liquor may be more difficult to purchase as stores close their doors – posing a danger for people who are have a life-threatening alcohol-use disorder, as Vice documents – and changes to the illicit drug distribution chain may lead people to use unfamiliar suppliers or drugs.
It’s important to recognize these additional challenges and remember that naloxone (narcan) is available through Doorways throughout New Hampshire and many pharmacies operate with a universal prescription, which means the opioid overdose reversal medication can be purchase without script.
 
Due to the ongoing concerns and developing circumstances around the evolving spread of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) SOS has decided to postpone the 2020 Innovations in Recovery Conference.

The conference will be postponed and held on Thursday and Friday October 8th and 9th.
 

Keene Serenity Center Gets New ED

The Keene Serenity Center has hired a new Executive Director, Kathy Mota, who started in her new position last month. Kathy has jumped right in, as she’s known to do, “The substance-use field has always been a passion of mine,” she said, “but it’s personal... when I was younger, I lost my best friend to heroin and cocaine addiction. I have seen my own friends and family battle this disease.”

After losing her friend, Kathy questioned why & how this happened; what could she have done to prevent this- something clicked, and Kathy found her drive pursue her education in the field by achieving bachelors in psychology focused on addictions from Southern New Hampshire University.

Kathy from Serenity CenterKathy moved to Keene with her husband, Marco, and three daughters two years ago, after living in Salem while working at Phoenix House Dublin Center as a counselor assistant. After Mota’s move, she worked as a Housing-first Advocate at the Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention, focusing on securing and maintaining affordable housing for victims of domestic and sexual abuse. Kathy’s experience in these roles solidified her desire to meet the need for trauma informed care to address trauma-related substance use disorder mask symptoms of PTSD, trauma & other issues for member of our community.

“No one is exempt from pain and loss, being part of the path to find joy, witnessing personal growth is an honor that we hold with great respect to the people we serve. Even now as KSC doors are closed, we are still here- online, by phone, or text/chat, we recognize that human connection is so important.”

The Serenity Center is located at 34 Mechanic St., Keene, NH

Due to the COVID-19 virus Serenity Center’s doors are temporarily closed.

We understand the importance of peer to peer connection and are still offering phone support, coaching, and virtual meetings weekly.

Bagged lunches are being given out daily, outside the Center from 11-12.

If you are in need of support please call 603-283-5015.

If you are in crisis, please call the Doorway at 211 as they have staff answering the phones 24 hours a day. Be well.
 
The Addiction Recovery Coalition will be opening a new site in Milford, NH, in May. For more information, visit the recovery center's page on the Recovery Hub.
 

STARS Program Dissolves

Coalition To Provide Scholarships
S.T.A.R.S. (Scholarship Trust for Addiction Recovery Services, Inc.) was a grassroots organization that distributed hundreds of scholarships over the past five years to motivated individuals who needed assistance with rental fees associated with moving into sober living in New Hampshire. With heavy hearts the board members of the S.T.A.R.S. Program will no longer accept scholarship applications because they have decided to disband and refer anyone who is seeking rental assistance for sober living toThe New Hampshire Coalition of Recovery Residences (NHCORR).

The New Hampshire Coalition of Recovery Residences has unrolled its scholarship program. The organization is currently managing a COVID-19 response scholarship program that may change following this crisis. For the moment, the organization is awarding rental assistance at a minimum of $375 per applicant to as many applicants as it can.

Applications are gathered weekly and a subcommittee of the NHCORR Board makes award decisions each Friday. So far NHCORR has been able to grant every applicant something (about $20K this month). The assistance is available to those entering a NHCORR recovery residence and those who are in a recovery residence who are experiencing financial hardship.

Applications for the scholarships are available at nhcorr.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Fun with Families in Isolation!

Sometimes you just have to turn off all social media and explore the world with your children. The Recovery Fix has you covered!

It’s important to recognize that your attitude, patience, and energy effects how your children behave. If you’re feeling anxious, tense or stressed-out, your children will often mirror these moods. Take time for self care by learning to meditate or journal.

If you cupboards are bare (or you can’t get to the store), download free printable coloring pages of birds, bugs, plants and underwater life, play card games that will help your child learn math lessons, or stage an outdoor scavenger hunt!

For even more fun, consider taking your child along for a virtual tour! Here are some fascinating online tours for children of all ages!
 
An occasional burst of wisdom and humor from Hope for New Hampshire Recovery's Executive Director. the iconoclastic Keith Howard.
After 10 days of seclusion, I’ve recognized one lie I’ve told myself for years. Back when I was using, I assumed I’d eventually be locked up by the state for some period of time. My vision of, say, five years in prison—always, for some reason, in solitary--would be that I’d spend 12 hours a day doing sit-ups and push-ups, six hours a day reading the classics of literature and six hours a day sleeping. By the time the warden gave me my walking papers and bus ticket, I’d be insightful, witty and buff as hell. When I got into recovery, I changed the scenario so I was now falsely convicted, but I still worked out and read and got released a new man.

Ten days into my solitary sentence, though, I’ve yet to do a single pushup or sit-up, and the closest I’ve come to reading the classics is listening to the audiobook of an old favorite. However long this period lasts, I’m not sure I’m going to change myself completely, whether physically or intellectually. I do, however, have some lighthearted suggestions for ways to pass time as we await whatever the future holds.

1) Discover if you have a green thumb! Plant whatever seeds you have lying around into dirt and see what happens. (If you’ve chosen a path of abstinence from weed, please do not look through your old hoodies to see if any seeds ever dropped down into that mysteriously deep fold at the bottom of the pocket.) I am not able to try this, although it sounds like fun, because the only seeds I have around are poppy seeds, and I’m in long-term recovery from opiates.

2) Grow a beard! What can be more exciting than springing out of bed each morning to see if the unshaven mug you laid down with has been transformed into a beard? This activity is even more challenging for women, making it suitable for longer-term isolation.

3) Tag for 1! Everyone’s a winner is this variation on an old childhood game. Sit or stand with at least one finger extended. Touch yourself on one part of your body and shout “Tag!” After cursing your luck, tag another part of your body, shouting, “Tag!” This game offers both upper body exercise and a chance to meet the authorities likely to be called when your neighbors hear you.

4) Word Games! Try an old favorite like many as many words or phrases as you can out of a phrase. For instance, given “Hope for NH Recovery” and a bit too much coffee, I came up with:
  • Phony chore forever
  • Honor chef over prey
  • Very hoof horn creep
It troubles me to say those three lines are as poetic as any I’ve ever written in my life

I do hope these activities will help you pass the time. Even more, I hope this silliness helps you recognize how much you miss gathering together with other folks in recovery and sharing that energy we generate as a group. In the meantime, please, please, please reach out a hand to others, whether to offer or to ask for help. We are all in this together. Really.

You matter. I matter. We matter.

Best,

Keith
 

Get Credit at Granite State College for your NH CRSW

Granite State College has assessed the NH Certified Recovery Support Worker (CRSW) training for college credit to help members of the NH workforce advance their education and career goals. Combined with an approach that provides credit for what you know and tuition and fees that are among the lowest in the region, the following undergraduate degrees align with the NH CRSW credential:
These programs focus on issues associated with substance use disorder and other behavioral addictions. You’ll gain an understanding of disease models and learn about counseling theories of substance use disorder and behavioral addictions.
 
Contact an advisor or complete a free admissions application at: granite.edu/apply
 

Doorway campaign launches

Features stories of recovery, resilience and hope
In response to New Hampshire’s opioid crisis, the state has created outreach materials promoting Governor Sununu's Doorway initiative.

These materials are available to help promote services and resources available at The Doorway NH, and for people and families experiencing a drug or alcohol related problem, to find help and information. Order Campaign Materials Now. You can also download the marketing campaign Partner Toolki
 
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Keep Connected


In addition to the NH Recovery Fix, many recovery community organizations release regular newsletters about ongoing meetings and support groups and upcoming training opportunities.

Subscribe to SOS' e-newsletter or read the Keene Serenity Center's July newsletter. Newsletters are also provided in recovery community organizations' listings on the Recovery Hub.

The voice of recovery

Harbor Homes is collecting stories of recovery throughout the granite state. Check out our YouTube account for more videos.

Older Publications

Family Support Services Brochure

Granite Pathway's Parent Support Program has produced new products that will be distributed throughout New Hampshire communities. A brochure, describes some of the benefits of family support programs, including helping parents and adult siblings develop relapse prevention plans.

To request a hard copy of these products, reach out to Lynn Fuller at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Download the brochure today.

Overdose Followup Kit

Although fatal overdoses declined this year for the first time since 2012, far too many lives are still lost. This short guide describes self-care for survivors of overdoses, tells you where to find help, and discusses safe practices designed to keep you and your loved ones stay alive.

Download the kit.

Family Resource Recovery Kit

Families suffer from addiction and recover together. Donna Marston has created a family recovery kit designed to help parents, grandparents, caretakers, and mentors begin to have difficult conversations about overdose and the grieving process. The guide also describes family dynamics around addiction and the importance of using person-first language.

Download the kit.

Tainted Stimulants in NH

Stimulants that are contaminated with fentanyl can be a deadly combination, particularly if the user has not developed tolerance for the opioid. Our FO team has created a flyer designed to help those still struggling with addiction identify risky substances.

Download the flyer.

 

Better Know a System

General information on the New Hampshire Doorway Initiative

2-1-1

The well-known 2-1-1 system can direct you or your loved one to substance use disorder resources or connect you directly to Doorway NH staff, who can schedule assessments and referrals to services. Dial 2-1-1 today to start your journey.

The Doorway Website

The Doorway NH will direct you to the help you need, from screening and evaluation, to treatment including medication-assisted treatment, to long-term recovery supports. Doorway hours vary by location. Learn more

Caring Clergy

Caring Clergy After Overdose is an initiative designed to train inter-faith leaders to lead a funereal for one who has died in an overdose. Learn more