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Spotlight:

Mary DrewMary Drew began her career in the addictions field with a Fellowship from Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration assigned to Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services in 2009-2011, and completed her certification as a prevention specialist. Soon after she started as Director of the Monadnock Alcohol and Drug Coalition (MADAC) based in Keene, NH.
 
At the same time, Mary was raising three children and was getting active in her hometown of Jaffrey, and had great concerns about the issues of drugs and alcohol use and the lack of services for the people in her community.

“The War on Drugs has been a massive failure, and we owe it to our kids to give them the support they need to want to stay alive. More focus needs to be put on improving the social determinants of health including setting a living wage, improving social connection, reducing parental use and incarceration, and expanding access to affordable treatment," Mary said.

After starting her own recovery in 2008, she began meeting in her kitchen with people from the community, brainstorming on possible solutions and plans for a comprehensive addiction services agency.

Since then, Reality Check has continued to grow organically, “Lots of people wanted to be part of the solution to this public health crisis. We are all in it together” states Mary, “everyone needs to begin supporting each other to be truly successful.”

Reality Check has recently received a grant through Governor Sununu’s office to train NH employers to become recovery friendly toward employees with substance use issues. They recently joined the ranks of 16 other recovery centers in the state as a grantee of Harbor Homes.

Reality Check is located at 17 Turnpike Rd., Jaffrey NH. Learn more about the RCO now.

Pregnant Women Battling Addiction Find Hope

When it comes to the nation's opioid epidemic, pregnant women are especially vulnerable. They need prenatal care in addition to having a place to live, find support and treat their addiction disorder.

In New Hampshire, that place is a residential

treatment center called Hope on Haven Hill. The facility — a home from the 1850s — can accommodate eight women and their babies. There’s a spacious, light-filled kitchen where women sit around a large country table and share meals. They also share chores like cooking and cleaning.

Downstairs, there's an infirmary of sorts — two small rooms for administering medications, storing medical records and drawing drug screens. Bedrooms are spacious and have toys, rocking chairs, cribs and bassinets.

The women meet regularly with social workers and therapists; and they gather together to discuss issues related to addiction, parenting and recovery.

Listen to the complete story

"We can reduce needle sharing by encouraging more people to join and use our exchange," said Ryan Fowler, HIV / HCV Resource Center Harm Reduction Coordinator.

By providing education about HIV and Hepatitis C transmission and harm reduction techniques, we can help clients make better choices about their sexual and drug use practices. Through our collaborative relationships with other agencies, we can help clients access social and medical services.

"We are working to stop overdoses in our community by offering fentanyl test kits, and  Narcan/naloxone, the overdose reversal medication, to our clients, their families and friends.Naloxone nasal spray is available at no cost at the exchange after a brief training,” Fowler said.

For more information, visit the HIV / HCV Resource Center website.
 

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
 

Recovery Friendly Symposium Slated for May

RFW LogoEmployers across the U.S. lose over $100 billion a year due to employee drug and alcohol issues (NCADI). People struggling with these issues are more likely to miss work, have more accidents, and file more workers' compensation claims.  Learn strategies to reduce costs, to shift the culture to become more supportive, and how to create a recovery-friendly space benefiting employees and you. 

DATE:       May 13, 2020
WHERE:   Grand View Estate - 580 Mountain Rd. Jaffrey, NH
TIME:       9  – 2 p.m. *Registration at 830 a.m. (link below)
AUDIENCE: Designed for NH Employers:  CEO/COOs,  Executive Directors, Managers, HR Reps, Supervisors, and Department Heads.   *Max of 3 registrants per employer.

COST / PERSON:
For-Profits:  $135.      
Non-profits: $  85.
Lunch included & provided by Cafe 532.

Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.               
 
Gov. Chris Sununu's “Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative” offers support to businesses and agencies that hire people who are recovering from substance use and abuse. Mary Drew, the founder of Reality Check in Jaffrey, says there are more than 28 million people in recovery in the United States and creating recover-friendly work spaces benefits everyone.
FEATURED SPEAKERS / TOPICS
 Mary Drew - Hiring Challenges 
 Polly Morris - Signs of Use & Stigma

 Tammy Dwyer - Recovery & Wellness
 NH Lawyer - Cannabis in the Workplace
 Matt McKenney- Reasonable Suspicion
 & Return-To-Work Agreements
 

Parenting Journey in Recovery helps families rebuild

Changing diapers between meager, restless slivers of sleep. Juggling unpredictable extracurriculars. Balancing the costs of medical appointments, grocery bills and rent.

They’re all everyday parenting challenges that claw away at even the strongest relationships and mental wellness strategies.

Now imagine doing them fresh into recovery from substance use.

As the number and acceptance of recovery pathways grow on the Seacoast, so too are the number of people in recovery struggling to learn, or relearn, how to be parents. And yet, few intensive, dedicated resources exist to specifically help navigate that process.

Read more at Fosters Daily Democrat
 

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.
Learn more about Safe Harbor Recovery Center
Visit our YouTube Channel

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