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Now in its 30th year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery. In New Hampshire, Recovery Community Organizations organize events throughout September to celebrate the strides people in recovery have made spiritually, psychologically and politically.

For a complete list of events, visit the New Hampshire Recovery Hub.

Connect and Thrive

New Hampshire is a small state connected by roads, bridges, and stories of recovery. If addiction flourishes in isolation and alienation, Recovery Month is a reminder of how many people have survived a substance use disorder and come out on the other side as more committed people.

According to the most-recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data there are more than 50 million Americans aged 18 and older living in recovery from substance use and mental health disorders; representing 21 percent of population in the United States.
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation – which has provided more than $42 million in funding for substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery since 1996 – places this as more than 100,000 people in the state.
If you don’t think you know someone in recovery, you’re wrong. Because of social stigma and the anonymity of many 12-step programs, people in recovery seldom get the recognition they deserve for maintaining their sobriety. When we celebrate Recovery Month, we acknowledge those who cannot or will not take the center stage.   

Because Recovery Month follows so closely on International Overdose Awareness Day and 10,000 Candles for New Hampshire, it’s also solemn time to remember people who have died as a result of overdose or suicide. During this complex season, we celebrate life and mourn the dead, grateful that we’ve survived our own journeys, devastated that we’ve lost friends or loved ones traveling this path with us, and certain that we are not alone.
 

Dash for Recovery!

STARS is excited to host a 5K race/1-mile fun walk/run on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at Merrimack Valley Middle School, 14 Allen Street, Penacook, NH. Dash for Recovery is a family-oriented 5K road race and a 1-mile fun walk. The courses will take runners/walkers through historic Penacook along back roads with rolling hills. There will be water along the course as well as post-race refreshments. Awards will be given to the first three finishers in each 10-year category. We will also be giving an award for the top fundraiser of all participants.

Same-day registration and pre-registered race bib pickup starts at 4 p.m. The race and walk will start at 5:30 p.m.

Registration prior to August 31 is $20. August 31 and after is $25. Register online or download the form now.

STARS provides scholarships to those in recovery, which can be used towards recovery housing, winter clothing, reinstating licenses, work clothes and more.
 
On September 14th SOS will celebrate National Recovery Month at Henry Law Park at its second annual Recovery Rally.

Don Briand ("Mr. Dover") will be the master of ceremonies for the rally. Briand spent more than 20 years as the news and public affairs director at WOKQ and the Shark 105.3. The Honorable Senator Maggie Hassan will be joining SOS at the event. Two musical performers are scheduled for the day: Red Sky Mary and Rachel Lord, who will be performing a solo acoustic set.
Rachel Lord
Red Sky Mary
 
According to the band's Facebook page, Red Sky Mary's "brand of rock 'n' roll combines early 70's high voltage swagger with brutish modern-day anthems."
Additional featured speakers include:
  • Jasmine Lamontagne: Host of show and one of the founders at Exit Team, a local TV show with focus on recovery.
     
  • Emmett Soldati: A local business owner of Teatotaller,  a café, tea-house, bistro and venue located in Historic Downtown Somersworth.
     
  • Pam Chaffee: The mother of a child affected by substance misuse who died by suicide.
The event will also feature more than 30 exhibitors representing prevention, treatment and recovery supports in the area.

Join SOS for this day of speakers, music and family friendly activities to celebrate the community around us and the 23 million people in the United States who are in recovery.
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Opioids, meth and alcohol kill people — recovery saves lives. Come celebrate those miracles at Hope for New Hampshire’s 6th Annual Rally4Recovery-NH.

More than 750 attendees are expected to join Hope for New Hampshire Recovery on September 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Veterans Park in Manchester.

Come meet people whose lives have been transformed, talk with folks and agencies from throughout the recovery community, learn about the work that’s being done, enjoy music and eat delicious food in the company of people who have found new purpose through recovery. 


Hope’s Rally4Recovery-NH has live music, speakers, displays from local organizations, artwork and a spirit of possibility, change and joy. Whether through 12-Step groups, Dharma Recovery, SMART Recovery, Health Realization, Celebrate Recovery or some other pathway, thousands of New Hampshire citizens have stepped away from addiction and into a freer, happier life.

Read more at Manchester Ink Link
 

Revive Community Cook Out

Join Revive Recovery Center at a community cook out to celebrate Recovery Month on Sept, 28 from 12 – 3 p.m. at 263 Main Street, Nashua.
 
Recovery Day is an annual event hosted by The Center for Recovery Resources raising awareness, supporting the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and engaging people & families. 
The Recovery Rally at Barnes Park features booths from local and statewide organizations/businesses, entertainment, guest speakers, food, and fun for the whole family.
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New Hampshire Celebrates Recovery During Overdose Awareness Activities


We mourn our lost loved ones in personal and private ways, but how does an entire state understand grief? In New Hampshire, communities remember those lost and celebrate recovery every year in overdose awareness days and candlelight vigils. 
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Milford

“I believe that if we come together as a community, we can tackle this thing,” said Natacha Davis, outreach coordinator of Revive Recovery Center in Nashua in a WMUR story about International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31st). In Milford, the community planted hundreds of purple flags commemorating the dead and shared stories of hope, resilience and connection.

Priscilla Matos, also of Revive, said recovery coaches see lives change every day. “For lots of people in active addiction, there’s a lot of isolation. Bringing people into the center brings them purpose: It gives them a place to go and feel safe.”
Let it be: Friends, family members and the community come together in this video shot at Overdose Awareness Day in Nashua. Watch this video now or visit the Revive Facebook page.

Derry

In Derry, the community observed the third annual Overdose Awareness Candlelight Vigil on August 29th with planted purple flags and images depicting those who had lost battles to addiction and organizers also distributed the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone (Narcan).
“This is a celebration of togetherness … a celebration of people coming together for a single purpose,” said organizer Rob Clemente in a Union Leader story.

Nationally recognized artist Anne Marie Zanfagna, who lost her daughter Jacqueline to an overdose, also spoke and displayed work at the event. (Watch a short film about Zanfagna below.)
This short video showcases the work of artist Anne Marie Zanfagna.

Manchester

“I’ve definitely lost a lot of friends,” said Kevin Johnston, who attended 10,000 Candles Across New Hampshire (an event that offers hope and help those who have lost loved ones to suicide and addiction) on the 29th in Manchester's Derryfield Park (according to an online story).

Hope for New Hampshire Recovery Executive Director Keith Howard addressed the crowd saying: 

"In this crowd tonight, there are addicts waiting to get high, alcoholics needing a drink and potential suicides who’ve gotten through the day by dreaming of hitting life’s off switch. We as a community—you and you and you and me—CAN help. We can invite the stranger into our circle, reach out the hand of fellowship to the lonely, share a sandwich with the hungry."
Keith Howard, the Executive Director at Hope For Recovery New Hampshire, Gives an inspired endoresment for 10,000 Candles for New Hampshire

Keene

 “We’ve lost people to an overdose, we’ve lost people to suicide, and the connection happening before those moments, before those losses, can in some cases make a difference,” said Jessica White, who organized 10,000 Candles Across New Hampshire in Keene, in a Keene Sentinel story.

White, reflecting on the power of connection to change a person’s life during a crisis, said:

“In that moment, I am looking at a human, and they need another human to respond to them. That’s what nights like this are all about.”     

“We’re just out there as a beacon, a messenger with a message: the opposite of addiction is connection, so get connected with someone you love,” said 10,000 Candles Across New Hampshire organizer T.J. Murphy in an online story.
According to the Drug Monitoring Initiative, Cheshire County experienced a 88 percent increase in its suspected drug overdose death rate per capita, from 2.20 to 4.14 deaths per 10,000 population in 2018. The county had the single largest jump in the per capita overdose rate throughout New Hampshire. Recovery warriors like Jessica White assemble to discuss the toll the overdose epidemic has taken in the community of Keene and the importance of connection at the 10,000 Candles Across New Hampshire event.
 
Since 2015, more than 2,060 granite staters have died as a result of an overdose. (This overdose death toll is greater than the entire populations of Ashland, Deering, Alstead and Madbury.) Each death represents a cascade of loss, spreading over families and communities, a tear in our social fabric that requires a collective response.
 

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A Drunkard’s Dream by Keith Howard, executive director of Hope for New Hampshire Recovery
 
The meatball splattered at about 7:40 am in the lovely seaside town of Whitley Bay, just outside Newcastle. Tomorrow I’m to begin a hundred-mile walking journey across England, following Hadrian’s Wall from beginning to end. I’ve come north from London a day early, wanting a couple days on the North Sea, a body I’ve not seen in 40 years, and then from the German side. I spent the night in a delightful and up-to-date bed and breakfast, and went out for a morning walk about seven, telling my hosts I’d be back by 7:45 or so.

After strolling the coast and performing my morning devotions—transmitting silent and unconscious gratitude to the universe—I was four doors from my destination. I saw from behind a man about my age, or even a bit younger than 60. He stood still, his weight balanced on a stick in his left hand, grasping no folksy hand-carved wooden cane but a medical-supply device, aluminum with rubber on its bottom. Someone to greet with a “Good Morning” as I walked around him.

Passing on his right, I glanced over and saw his face was marked with dry blood and abrasions, as if he’d been mugged by toughs wearing sandpaper gloves. Like Coleridge’s mariner, he reached out his skinny scabbed hand and touched my arm. No albatross around his neck, his worn and dirty coat showed dry brown speckles of blood.
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Op Ed In the News

On this Overdose Awareness Day, we must look toward the future with optimism, and not dwell on the mistakes of the past

By Ryan Fowler

August 31 was International Overdose Awareness Day; a day to reflect and seek to better understand the addiction crisis.

For too many, it was also a day to mourn and grieve the thousands of people who have been lost to drug-related deaths. For those of us who are following the trends closely, it is also a day of hope and optimism. New Hampshire is finally seeing downward trends in opioid overdose deaths. We are seeing an amazing paradigm shift in the public perception of people who use drugs, as well as positive changes for the recovery community. There has also been a substantial increase in funding for programs that support the prevention, treatment, and recovery of substance use disorders. There is much to be grateful for on this Overdose Awareness Day.

I have worked in the addiction treatment space in New Hampshire for the past three years and have recently seen treatment providers embrace harm reduction and evidence-based treatment options. Providers are now seeing this approach as a means of keeping people alive and more effectively addressing addiction.  We know that one must remain alive to enter recovery; and with harm reduction all drug-related death and disease is preventable. That philosophy is finally being put into practice here in NH. The Granite State has taken great measures to enhance overdose prevention efforts and has seen the implementation of syringe services programs statewide. These harm reduction strategies are proving to be effective in keeping people alive long enough to enter recovery, with data to prove it.
Read more at Manchester Ink Link

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.
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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

The New Hampshire Recovery Fix is produced by the Partnership for Successful Living.