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Don't miss out on SOS's Innovations in Recovery Digital Conference

Keep your calendars clear for this packed two-day conference on October 8th and 9th!  Designed as New England's premier peer- based addiction recovery conference, the event will feature national keynote speakers and break-out sessions covering innovative recovery themes. 

Learn about innovative new approaches in addiction recovery and the intersections of recovery, trauma, adverse childhood experiences, and harm-reduction.

Register today!
 

Recovery Speaks: It's time to listen

September is National Recovery Month and the Granite State kicked off with 10,000 Candles. This digital event shared stories of recovery and hope, streamed live on Facebook and archived for those unable to attend. 
Although we all dearly miss meeting in person, voices of recovery, resilience and connection. Connect to the 10,000 Candles Facebook page now, watch a video presentation by Cheryle Pacapelli, Project Director for the facilitating organizations overseeing recovery community organizations' growth at Harbor Care
Jessica Parnell, executive director at Revive Recovery Center, presented at 10,000 candles, saying "Our goal is to create a community where people are welcomed, seen and valued."
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Recovery, Community, and the Courage to Share Her Story

Growing up, Laina was a good student. She had lots of friends and was nominated homecoming queen in high school. Yet she never felt comfortable in her own skin, and as a teenager, she started using drugs and found they helped reduce her anxiety and made her feel like she fit in.
"I felt like I was on a pedestal in the middle of a crowd screaming and no one could hear me," said Laina. "The drugs took away my inhibitions and fears."

In college, Laina was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder that caused tumors to grow in her feet. Her doctor prescribed cortisone shots and painkillers to provide relief, but she eventually had to get surgery after spending nearly a year on painkillers.
After the surgery and healing, the painkillers were no longer available to Laina. She immediately became sick, not realizing she had developed a dependency and substance use disorder. Her boyfriend at the time pointed out it was likely her lack of painkillers causing the illness. Laina started buying them off the street.
 
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For Joy, the Path to Recovery was a  Path 

Towards Helping Others

As transportation manager for the Greater Tilton Area Family Resource Center (GTA-FRC), Joy Moody is often providing rides for people in the community, but that is far from all she does. Joy has also been working at the shelter in Laconia, she’s a certified recovery support worker and facilitator for certification trainings. Joy is also an acupuncture detoxification specialist, and a seminary student who fills in for local pastors when they are away.
“I joke I’m a jack of all trades and a master of none,” said Joy, who lives in Campton.

When Joy began volunteering her time, she was at a very different place in life. “If you had told me six years ago I would be in recovery, running the transportation program, facilitating classes, and my debt is clear, I would have said, what drugs are you on and can I have some,” said Joy. “I never expected to live this long and have a life like no other.”

Six years ago, Joy was going through a divorce, drinking heavily and using cocaine. Joy knew she needed to do something different from the path she was on, so she began volunteering at the Northfield Tilton Congregational Church food pantry, where she met Rev. Michelle Lennon, who now also serves as the executive director at GTA-FRC.
 
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Yolanda Reached Out and Someone Was There

Yolanda DaRocha was at a low point in her life. She no longer had custody of her children. She had bounced in and out of recovery programs, including a methadone recovery program she was in for years.

Then, when Yolanda needed gas for her car to get to an appointment, she went into the Greater Tilton Area Family Resource Center asking for help. They gave her a gas card, told her about the programs they offer, and invited her to a local church service.

“When I was feeling helpless and didn’t have anyone to turn to, I reached out to Michele and Daryl,” said Yolanda, referring to Executive Director Michelle Lennon and Daryl Lennon, telephone recovery support manager. Yolanda continued to visit the center, getting calls from staff to check in. During one visit, Yolanda asked why she hadn’t received a call in a while.
 
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Missing Pieces and Discovered Recovery

Recovery breaks the devastating cycle of dependency

Since she was a kid, Priscilla Matos never settled for what she had. She always craved more. When she was young, it was toys. Even though she had many to play with at home, she’d throw temper tantrums in the store if she didn’t get the new toy she wanted. As a teenager, the “more” she was chasing was substances.

“I was missing something when I was young and I didn’t know how to fill it, so I tried to fill it with things,” said Priscilla.
Today, Priscilla is in recovery and fills that space by serving to others. Through the AmeriCorps program, she is serving as a recovery coach and runs the Recovery Hub social media page at Revive Recovery Center on Main Street in Nashua. Priscilla came to Revive Recovery Center through the Hillsborough County Drug Court and eventually took classes to become a recovery coach. She pointed to Harbor Care for making her path from recovery to recovery coach possible.

“Harbor Care has helped so many people become recovery coaches,” she said. “It’s given someone whose done nothing in my life but sell drugs a chance to build a career. I finally fixed my internal karma and am making a difference in the world for the positive.”
 
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Off the Road and at Home at the Shed

When Eric got his third driving while intoxicated charge, he also lost his job. He had been drinking for years, but this was the first time he had lost a job due to substance use. It led to six months of increased alcohol and drug use that Eric said, "almost landed me homeless."

"I was just hanging on long enough for my son to graduate high school," he said.

Eric had moved from Wolfeboro to Ossipee to try to escape from his
troubles. He was court ordered to see a counselor and was referred to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Eric stopped drinking and using drugs, and soon got a job, back in Wolfeboro.

"It was the only place that would hire me," he said. "I was forced to hitchhike for a $10 an hour job for more than two years."
 
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SoS Recovery Raises the Flag

In the past, SOS Recovery Community Organization has celebrated National Recovery Month by enhancing the visibility of the recovery community through erecting bright purple tents — the official color of recovery from substance use disorder — in the middle of downtown Dover.

This year, the Recovery Rally could not be held as a result of COVID-19, but SOS came up with a special socially distant way of celebrating Recovery Month through providing Recovery Month flags to the 100-plus businesses it works with in Strafford County, the Seacoast and beyond.

Seventy-five flags have been hung by designated Recovery Friendly Workplaces around the state including Dover, Portsmouth, Hampton, Newmarket, Rochester and Somersworth and as far away as Concord and Hanover. By flying these flags with the official Recovery Month logo, SOS logo, and Recovery Friendly Workplace logo, businesses are sending a strong clear message, according to SOS.
 
Somersworth Mayor Mayor Dana S. Hilliard proudly displays the the flag for recovery.
The Seacoast Mental Health Center joined countless businesses and community partners by flying the symbol of recovery.
Sober Sisters, a recovery home registered with the New Hampshire Coalition of Recovery Residences, also flew the purple flag.

 
Read the full story at Fosters Daily Democrat
 
In July 2019, clarifying language was added to the law surrounding the voting rights of people with a felony record. Unfortunately, people who have been incarcerated on a felony charge may still believe that they are not permitted to express their Democratic right.
If you or someone you care for has been released from a correctional facility, please vote.

The Election Procedure Manual - 2020 reads: 

A felon who is not currently incarcerated for the felony may register and vote ... The change to law requires the correctional facility to provide a felon who is paroled or given a suspended sentence written notice that he or she may vote. RSA 607-A:2.
 

Recovery Homes Shutting Down Across NH

Recovery houses, faced with unemployed residents and restricted capacity due to COVID-19, are closing across New Hampshire.
Kim Bock, the executive director of the New Hampshire Coalition of Recovery Residents (NHCORR), said since the beginning of the pandemic, seven houses, or an estimated 117 beds, have gone off the market.

For those leaving addiction treatment centers, the houses offer affordable housing and peer support to aid them in their recovery. However, as unemployment has risen in the state, so too have unemployment rates in the houses.
 
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The New Hampshire Harm Reduction Coalition (NHHRC) is seeking Care Coordinators for Strafford County and for Concord/Manchester as part of a recent Department of Health and Human Services's contract.

To learn more about each position or to apply, visit the NH Center for Nonprofits. To learn more about NHHRC, visit its website or checkout its Facebook account.
 

New Harm-Reduction Publications Available

New Hampshire is seeing a rise in the use of illicit stimulants (methamphetamine, cocaine, cathinones, etc.)  The never-ending job of updating and innovating overdose prevention, education, and response must now include education about stimulants.

HIV / HCV Resource Center (H2RC) has produced a series of public information materials designed to educate community partners and providers about people living with a stimulant-use disorder.

These materials may be used as they are -- with H2RC's logo -- or requested with a space for partners to insert their own logos and contact information. To request PDFs that can be adapted for your agency, reach out to Ryan Fowler at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and 603-276-9698.
This brochure details the originals, effects, and harm-reduction strategies for “bath salts.”

“Bath salts” is a slang term used for a new generation of recreational drugs, mostly referring to stimulants [uppers] in the “substituted Cathinone” or “synthetic Cathinone” family. The term “bath salts” comes from a time when these designer drugs were sold as bath salts to evade law enforcement.

Download the brochure
 
Designed for people using stimulants, the brochure describes harm-reduction tactics to maintain wellness, clarity, and personal safety. 

As part of his work at HIV/HCV Resource Center, Ryan Fowler's  “just say know” approach focuses on educating people actively using substances in addition to other stakeholders. An educated consumer is an empowered consumer, he says.

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Report Highlights Recovery Sucesses

Harbor Care (formerly known as Harbor Homes) has been serving as the Facilitating Organization for New Hampshire’s Recovery Community Organizations (RCO) and their delivery of Peer-Based Recovery Support Services since 2016.

RCOs fill essential gaps in addiction treatment and recovery infrastructures and provide vital supports to achieve and sustain long-term recovery. New Hampshire’s innovation of funding a Facilitating Organization has led to exponential growth of RCOs and recovery centers over only a few years.
 
In 2020 there have been  more than 85,000 meetings and support groups held at RCOs, 24,624 community events, and nearly 3,000 trainings.

In addition, the FO has subcontracted with five new RCOs (Reality Check, Plymouth Area Recovery Connections, SOS in Hampton, Greater Tilton Area Family Resource Center in Franklin, and Revive in Derry) and facilitated 56 RCO trainings totaling 402 hours and 934 participants.
 
Download the Annual Report
 
 

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.

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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