Providing information for People & Families to Recover
When the going gets tough, the tough mobilize.

SOS Recovery Community Organization and partners Families First Health and Support Center now provide a mobile Medication-Assisted Recovery (MAR) program designed to offer vulnerable people rapid access to medications, peer recovery support services, and more.

Covid-19 has led to isolation, alienation and anxiety among people who are conditioned to use substances to alleviate these symptoms. It has also reduced options for individuals -- in terms of transportation, housing and treatment -- and providing essential services “where people are,” by using innovations like the MAR van is more important than ever as other agencies and resources have shuttered.

The MAR van is scheduled to serve walk-in clients from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday in the Dover Transportation Center lot at 33 Chestnut Street.
 
This Patient-centered, community based, rapid access approach prioritizes timely access to medications, reduces unnecessary use of resources, and improves effectiveness of care.
The mobile location is staffed by certified SOS recovery support workers peer recovery workers, and a clinical support staff member from Greater Seacoast Community Health.
Read the full story at Fosters Daily Democrat
 

SOS Breaks the Digital Divide

SOS Recovery Community Organization’s new "on-demand" real-time chat feature immediately connects people with staff during normal business hours. Visit https://bit.ly/2YKSFur for more information.
 

Get Help in a Time of Need

New Futures and the UNH Law-Institute for Health Policy and Practice have released our 2020 Consumer Resource Guide on How to Access Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits.

The purpose of the Guide is to help individuals and families access needed treatment services.

Download the guide now.
 
Going or returning to work is an important step in recovery. Taking this step can inspire hope and open the door to real opportunities to build a new life. 

Safe Harbor Recover Center invites has created a new program called "Job Launch" to help people begin this journey, to open themselves to new experiences and create a path towards self-sufficiency, real connections within your community and continued wellness.

Participants will engage in interactive classroom-based work readiness program where they will learn new work-related skills, explore their goals, identify their personal strengths and build confidence to pursue their dreams.

The Employment Specialist at the RCO will work help clients:
  • Create an individualized program to support their recovery and employment goals
  • Find solutions to overcome obstacles in their employment path
  • Identify resources to help with to housing, food insecurity, childcare, transportation, and healthcare resources if needed
  • Provide one-on-one career exploration, resume development, mock interviews, job application assistance, and job placement
  • Help clients pursue higher education if desired

Other services include peer-to-peer recovery support services and free access to office equipment including internet, faxing, copying, and scanning, and more.

Contact Whitney Brown or download the brochure today to learn more about the program.
 

Rockingham County Jail Second in Nation

Methadone Clinic will help people in recovery while incarcerated transition back to communities with lower risk of overdose, save taxpayer money and reduce “the victim pool.”
Rockingham-county-jailRockingham County jail officials are in the final stretch of making the jail the second in the entire country to dispense methadone to inmates in recovery.

A license from the Drug Enforcement Administration is “at this point a formality,” said County Corrections Superintendent Stephen Church. “This is a huge deal."
Read the full story at Seacoast Online
 

New Recovery Center on the Recovery Hub!

New Hampshire’s vibrant recovery community and growing capacity to deliver Peer-based Recovery Support Services are building bridges and saving lives. Recovery Community Centers are a valuable meeting places and offer a variety of wellness activities and connections to various communities of recovery, including impacted family members.

Check out the new recovery centers today!
Plymouth Area Recovery Connection (PARC) provides a caring and supportive environment for anyone working to recover from addiction.  PARC communicates a message of hope; links individuals with recovery-related treatment services and peer support services; and facilitates the development of healthy and sustainable lifestyles.

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Are you experiencing challenges with homeschooling? Having a difficult time with self-care in quarantine?

Check out the most recent Parenting Journey in Recovery newsletter.  
 

Opioid Support Network Adapts During Pandemic

Governor Sununu's Recovery Friendly Workplace initiative has parrtnered with more than 260 New Hampshire businesses.
The opioid epidemic hasn’t gone away in the age of COVID-19, but efforts to help those recovering from opioid abuse are evolving with the times.

RFW LogoFor just over two years, the Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative (RFW) has helped Granite Staters recover from opioid addiction with the help of businesses across New Hampshire. As the economic landscape has changed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Program Director of Recovery Friendly Workplace and Vice President of Public Health at Granite United Way Shannon Bresaw is looking to remind people that opioid addiction isn’t going away even if society’s immediate concern has to shift.
Read the full story on Manchester Ink Link
 

Firefighters now have Narcan ‘Leave-Behind Kits’

Narcan
Firefighters in Portsmouth, Dover and Hampton now have kits containing the overdose-reversal drug Narcan, which they will leave where people have overdosed, along with information about how and where to get help.

The initiative is grant-funded, called New Hampshire Project First Responders Initiating Recovery, Support and Treatment (FIRST), and is designed to support their efforts to reduce overdose fatalities.

Portsmouth Fire Chief Todd Germain said his program includes training all fire personnel on opioid use disorder, building partnerships with treatment/recovery programs and having 100 kits for distribution to at-risk individuals and their loved ones.

It’s important to remember Narcan is also 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.
Read the full story at Seacoast Online
 
An occasional burst of wit, wisdom and humor from Hope for New Hampshire Recovery's Executive Director. the iconoclastic Keith Howard.
“In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery, and death.”
– Anne Frank

I’d like to tell you a story that illustrates Anne Frank’s uplifting and positive message. Read it through to the end and you’ll have your dose of optimism for today. Promise.

Once upon a time . . . er, Monday at the Hope staff meeting we discussed our needs for Personal Protective Equipment—masks, gloves, disinfectant, etc. If we’re going to open up, we’ve got to make sure we’ve got more than enough of these items to meet any conceivable need. Ashley Papatola, our newest volunteer, said she had a friend who made masks, and volunteered to oversee a campaign to make sure we have enough masks through putting together teams of Hope volunteer sewers. She offered to host a Zoom meeting Tuesday morning for staff and any other interested volunteers.

Step One in People are Really Good at Heart.

Continue reading the blog post.
 

Recovery Round

Recovery is in the news. If you see a recovery story you believe should be shared in the Recovery Fix, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!
Hope for New Hampshire Recovery continues to meet people where they are during the stress, fear and anxiety of Covid-19. Read more.
Faced with a stay-at-home order due to COVID-19, many of those seeking help for substance use disorders are encountering some new speed bumps on their road to recovery. Read more.
Jessica White used to attend two group meetings each week. But with the Covid-19 outbreak barring large gatherings and shifting the sessions online, her normal routine was stripped away. A few weeks into this new normal, White — organizer of the group ELM Recovery Connect — said she’s back into a groove, despite isolation’s ability to feed into addiction. Read more.
 
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.
 

Your NH CRSW & CPS is Worth 10 Credits at Granite State College

Granite State College has assessed both the NH Certified Recovery Support Worker (CRSW) training and the NH Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) 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 and CPS credentials:
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

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.

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