Providing information for People & Families to Recover

Keene Serenity Center Celebrates Open House

Keene Serenity Center Director Jocelyn Goldblatt creates a path towards recovery in the region.
Keene Serenity Center celebrated its recent move with an Open House on May 5th. The organization relocated from 36-40 Carpenter St. to 34 Mechanic St. in March and continues to provide recovery meetings, peer-to-peer recovery coaching, walk-in recovery assistance, as well as distributing the opioid reversal medication naloxone (Narcan) free of charge.

Visit Keene Serenity Center’s website and Facebook or watch a slideshow of highlights from the event on the RCO's page on the Recovery Hub.
 

North Country Serenity Center Relocates

North Country Serenity Center (NCSC) has completed its move to 45 Union Street, Littleton. The Recovery Community Organization provides a safe space for anyone in any stage of recovery.
NCSC offers peer recovery support services to empower and support individuals looking to initiate and sustain a program of recovery.
The center also offers education and support for families, friends and community, telephone recovery support, overdose prevention/naloxone (Narcan) distribution, and peer navigation.

Learn more about NCSC today by visiting the NH Recovery Hub or connecting to the RCO on its Facebook account.

New Trainings

New Training for Harm Reduction set for June

Tens of thousands of people are trained as peer recovery coaches; many now work in a rapidly growing and changing Peer Recovery Support Services field across a wide variety of service settings. Several of the key tenets in peer recovery coaching are: ‘Meet people where they are at’; ‘You are in recovery when you say you are’; and ‘There are many pathways to recovery’.

Still, harm reduction as pathway to and of recovery from addiction remains widely misunderstood. Abstinence-only based pathways have for decades dominated the helping services of addiction recovery.

Recovery Coaching a Harm Reduction Pathway (RCHRP ) comes just in time for a new phase in recovery coaching development alongside a swelling harm reduction movement across North America. A handful of leaders in both the peer recovery supports and harm reduction movements collaborated to bring this curriculum to its current form.

RCHRP utilizes adult learning theory concepts and modalities to address knowledge, attitudes, practices, access to resources, and coaching skills. As this training explores sensitive topics, its design and delivery are highly trauma-informed. Each class becomes a safe place for self-examination and practice from the outset.
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Support Group Facilitator Training in June

Are You Someone Who….
  • has a loved one who is using or misusing substances?
  • understands the value of family education and support?
  • is able to volunteer to lead or co-lead a family parent support group?
Attend a New Hampshire Support Group Facilitator Training on June 1st or 22nd.

For more information or to apply for this training, contact  Lynn Fuller at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-817-6174
 

Recent Hub Blog Posts

Hub Celebrates Mothers Day

In this special blog, the NH Recovery Hub talks to moms in recovery and mothers supporting loved ones on their journeys.
Mothers's Day Blog
 

People Recover

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 may have never imagined that they could achieve.
 
People can and do recover!
 

Emotional Intelligence

How do we HELP ourselves and recoverees achieve the task of Detoxing Emotionally as identified in Stage Two of the Stages of Recovery?
Emotional Intelligency
 

Maybe...

Maybe means the possibility of what you are thinking or feeling could really happen.
Maybe

Recovery in the News

Recovery Friendly Workplace Contracts go to RCOs

Five New Hampshire non-profits have been named as recipients of nearly $1 million in state funding aimed at expanding addiction resources in workplaces across the state.

The non-profits will use the funds, distributed by the Community Development Finance Authority, to run trainings for local business leaders and employees.
The program is a key tenant of Governor Chris Sununu’s Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative, which looks to integrate the business community in the broader fight against the substance misuse. Sununu formally launched the initiative last spring.

Participating non-profits include SOS Recovery Community Organization in Somersworth, Headrest in Lebanon, Makin’ It Happen Coalition for Resilient Youth in Manchester, Reality Check in Jaffrey, and Navigating Recovery of the Lakes Region in Laconia.

Individual grants range from $110,000 to $285,000.
 

Acupuncture used to treat addiction

Alternatives to opioids is something on everyone’s mind, given the current epidemic of abuse New Hampshire is facing and one agency is taking on the challenge.

Greater Seacoast Community Health, which represents a merger between Families First in Portsmouth and Goodwin Community Health in Somersworth is a “spoke” in the state’s Hub and Spoke initiative, intended to address the opioid crisis.

GSCH has received a $1.45 million SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services) grant intended to enhance existing services and add new ones in efforts to address substance abuse and mental health services offered at both locations. The grant gives the agencies $502,729 in year one, and $476,172 in years two and three.

Acupuncture is part of the SAMHSA grant and acupuncturist Elizabeth Nelson has been hired for the service. It is not a standalone service but will complement the primary care and behavioral health services, according to Margie Wachtel, communication director for GSCH.

“In addition to SUD, some of the primary conditions that Liz will be addressing are chronic pain, stress and anxiety,” said Wachtel. “Liz’s position is funded by a grant we received recently (for the first time) from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, to expand our Medication-Assisted Recovery services.”
Read more at Fosters Daily Democrat

What's new at RCOs

Tilton Connects to EMS

The Greater Tilton Area Family Resource Center has provided its local ambulance with resource cards promoting the recovery community organization. The goal of the cards is to connect community members with the resource center who can then help direct the person to the appropriate care ranging from recovery support services to housing insecurity.
 

Caring Clergy Website Launches

The Caring Clergy After Overdose initiative is designed to address an unmet need in our state: preparing faith leaders to lead a funereal for someone who has died in an overdose.

Unfortunately, at such devastating times friends and / or family members may be hesitant to come to faith institutions. Guided by compassion and hope, the organization will train faith leaders, deliver ceremonies, and work with people struggling to understand untimely deaths due to overdoses.
 
Visit the site today
 

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 Navigating Recovery of the Lakes Region's April or May Creative Recovery 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