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Welcome to the New Hampshire Recovery Hub Blog. We collect stories and musings from a variety of people working in and impacted by substance use recovery and related services. Visit or subscribe for enlightening, inspiring, and informative contributions on recovery topics from your neighbors in New Hampshire.

Carving a Path Forward in Codependent Recovery

By Donna M . When my son was active in his addiction many years ago I was addicted to rescuing him and he became my drug of choice. I was his personal Bail Bondsmom, I was his Chief Enabler and my life became unmanageable just like his did. When I was sick and tired of being sick and tired and when I hit my enough I was able to unfold my body out o...
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Emotional Intelligence (EI) Empowering Detoxing Emotionally: A Task of Stage Two of Recovery – Deepening

By Arthur H. Woodard How do we HELP ourselves and recoverees achieve the task of Detoxing Emotionally as identified in Stage Two of the Stages of Recovery? How willing and able are you to pr ACT ice and support the ability to tolerate and make distinctions between and among feelings as outlined in Stage Two of the Stages of Recovery? How willing an...
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People Can and Do Recover

By Donna M. ​ There are many horrific stories about people who suffer from the disease of addiction, unfortunately society doesn't often hear about the success stories, the miracles and the obstacles that many people who have a substance use disorder overcome; how they move forward in their lives functioning in a capacity they and their loved ones ...
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Emotional Detox: A Task of Stage Two of Recovery – Deepening

By Arthur H. Woodard How do you HELP individuals achieve the task of Detoxing Emotionally as identified in Stage Two of the Stages of Recovery? How willing and able are you in understanding and engaging in a process of emotional detoxing? This HU BLOG offers an opportunity to identify how you might identify what emotional detox is and how you might...
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Maybe...

By Donna M. Maybe means the possibility of what you are thinking or feeling could really happen. I have learned that we are what we think, if we have negative thoughts we may suffer negative consequences, when we have positive thoughts life seems to blossom. Maybe someday your life will be as awesome as you pretend it is. Maybe the biggest lesson i...
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DevelopingART of Self-Responsibility:

By Arthur H. Woodard How do you HELP individuals achieve the task of Developing Self-Responsibility as identified in Stage One of the Stages of Recovery? How response-able are you in developing your self? This HUBLOG offers an opportunity to identify how you might pr ACT ice self-development as a means of personal well-being and being able to teach...
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PrACTicing Stress and Anxiety Management:

How do we HELP individuals achieve the task of Managing Anxiety and Stress as identified in Stage One of the Stages of Recovery? How do we swap anxiety and stress for serenity? This HU BLOG offers an opportunity to identify how one might support an individual address the Stage One – Stabilization task of Developing the ART of managing stress and an...
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Breaking Free From Emotional Relapse

By Donna M. ​ My son's drug addiction caused me to feel stress and to live in fear which influenced my daily activities; my son and his addiction became my obsession. Bottom line is that I became addicted to saving my son from his addiction to heroin and the end result was that my son became my drug of choice and it took me years to get emotionally...
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Learning About Addiction: A Task of Stage One of Recovery – Stabilization

How do we HELP individuals achieve the task of Learning about Addiction that is identified in Stage One of Recovery? What is Addiction? By Arthur H. Woodard This HUBLOG offers an opportunity to identify how one might support an individual address the Stage One – Stabilization task of learning about addiction. This HUBLOG provides ways of thinking a...
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Overcoming Adversity in Recovery

By Donna M. Drug and alcohol addiction thrives on secrecy, deception, and denial, it can turn good people into people their family doesn't recognize and it typically destroys anything and everything that was good in their lives. Media thrives on the mess that addiction creates in people's lives; it's rare that they air a story of how people overcom...
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Learning, Living and Leading Stages of Change in Recovery

How do we support changing stages in recovery in our roles of recoveree, ally and family member? By Arthur H. Woodard This HUBLOG offers an opportunity to identify how I utilize the Stages of Change model in supporting an individual's learning and living a process of changing in recovery. This way of HELPing is a key resource that I share with reco...
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Staging A Recovery Performance

By Arthur H. Woodard Recovery First is a motto used in the recovery community to remind us of the primacy of the recovery process for those individuals seeking or supporting recovery from a substance use disorder. In my role as a person coaching a process of recovery I provide recoverees with a framework that offers a set of concepts and ACTivities...
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Misunderstood and Mistreated

By Donna M. In my opinion the disease of addiction is often misunderstood and the people who suffer from are of often mistreated by society, insurance companies, law enforcement and some professionals in the medical field. It is critical for society to understand that addiction, is a progressive, chronic, relapsing brain disease that induces uncont...
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Boxing Gloves

By Donna M. Life can be trying on a good day, then add to the mix your teen or adult child's substance use disorder. When addiction, alcoholism and or mental health issues creeps into a parent's life, it is imperative that they put on a pair of boxing gloves because they will often feel like a punching bag from the verbal and emotional from their c...
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Components of Recovery

By Arthur H. Woodard According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Recovery is defined as: A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential   I describe Recovery as a process of turning my life over to care...
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Be Prepared for Rejection

Denial Allows Your Child's Addiction To Thrive By: Donna M . Parents are often in denial when they initially find out that their teen or adult child(ren) may have a problem with drugs and or alcohol. It's a brutal reality that takes most parents by storm and years to come to grips with because their initial thought process is; NOT MY CHILD! Parents...
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Recovery is...

By guest blogger Arthur H. Woodard Jr . If you don't know what you don't know about recovery it will be difficult to be a part of the solution. What do you know about Recovery? What do you not know about Recovery? What is your favorite "definition" of Recovery? How do you describe Recovery to some one you care for or about? How would you describe R...
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Recovery Support Groups for Addiction: One Size Does Not Fit All

Shared from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids After completing treatment for drug or alcohol addiction — whether or not it's upon discharge from a residential treatment facility or while attending counseling or an outpatient program — most people are encouraged to join a support group to help maintain recovery . If your son or daughter finds thems...
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6 Ways to Show You Care for Someone in Recovery

If you are friends, family, or in contact with someone in recovery, there are many ways to be helpful to them for their ongoing journey. The first step is to investigate how to be supportive. Below, we've started you off with some great and powerful possibilities. 1. Say you want to help (LINK: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-recovery-c...
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Who is Best Qualified to Provide Recovery Support Services?

  A common phrase around planning tables for scaled-up Peer Recovery Support Services in New Hampshire is, "We're driving the car as we're building it." The field is brand new and rapidly expanding throughout our state and others. Given all of the challenges inherent in building a field of service from grassroots, PRSS in New Hampshire have he...
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