Providing information for People & Families to Recover
For many 2020 had its challenges.

As the deadly pandemic savaged the globe, New Hampshire recovery community organizations struggled to find a safe way to meet people where they were, adapting to online meeting spaces or holding groups outside in the open air, finding innovative ways to connect across the digital divide.

But we missed one another. Seeing each other on a digital meeting platform across a computer screen has been difficult for some people, especially if they're accustomed to physical, human connection.

We also missed our brothers and sisters who ended their journeys in tragic overdoses (approximately 390 people lost their lives to overdose in 2020, according to the New Hampshire Medical Examiner).

We held our breath as the illicit drug supply became flooded with mystery substances and liquor sales skyrocketed; treatment providers went offline (or became super-spreader sites); homelessness became a political hot potato instead of a human rights' issue; harm reduction in the state's opioid overdose epicenter was threatened and friends went dark, repeating the phrase “dead people can’t recover.”

But we held the space and kept the spark alive. And we begin the New Year with a renewed sense of how vitally important the work is that we’re doing together as a state. Thank you for being part of the fix.

 
 
Videos from New England's premier peer-based addiction recovery conference, SOS's Innovations in Recovery Digital Conference, are now available in their entirety online and free of charge. Some of the stand-out presentations include:
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Visit Revive Recovery Virtually

 
Revive Recovery Center created this video as part of its CAPRSS accreditation process, but it offers a virtual tour of the home-like atmosphere at the RCO (and the precautions it is taking during the COVID pandemic).
 
 

Parenting in Recovery Interactive PDF

Download this fun interactive PDF with activities for the entire family.


(Click on images to load videos, songs and more!)

 

Harm Reduction in Recovery Services

January 13, 2021 10:30 a.m.
COP FlyerHarm reduction as a recovery pathway is not well understood for many reasons, including lack of information; personal, institutional, and cultural bias; and inexperience with people who are achieving recovery goals through harm-reduction-strategies.

Hear from experts and engage in discussion with your peers about the use of harm reduction strategies within recovery support services.

This Community of Practice will feature individuals working in the field in the Granite State, including:
Register in advance for the meeting today. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Download the flyer
Register today
 

New DHHS Resource Guide Available

The Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services (BDAS) has released a new resource guide of family support services available throughout the Granite State.

BDAS resource guides provide listings of state-funded prevention, treatment and recovery services and are updated frequently.

Visit the BDAS Resource Guide Page.
 

Recovery Friendly Workplace Releases Report

The first of its kind, the Recovery Friendly Workplace (RFW) initiative was established by Governor Sununu in 2018 to encourage an environment where employers, employees, and communities can collaborate to create positive change and eliminate barriers for those impacted by substance use. By supporting employers in developing a culture of wellness, employee retention, and productivity, businesses can address substance
misuse concerns and stigma head-on.

The program has recently released a report detailing its successes and discussing tactics for empowering more businesses to promote health and wellness by creating work environments that further the mental and physical well-being of employees, proactively preventing substance misuse and supporting recovery from substance use disorders (SUD) in the workplace and community.
Download the report today
Visit the Recovery Friendly Workplace website
 
The New Hampshire Harm Reduction Coalition (NHHRC) and the HIV / HCV Resource Center have teamed up to present Harm Reduction Works, a weekly meeting intended to allow New Hampshire’s harm reductionists (crisis workers and homeless outreach personnel) to process grief, share stories, and heal from vicarious trauma.

The meetings feature keynote speakers who are active in the field (including Ryan F. from the Claremont Exchange, Nicholas D. from Hand Up and Andrew W. from the Queen City Exchange), content area experts like Jess T. and participants.   
 
Follow NHHRC's Facebook to stay updated
 

SoS Moves to New Location in Rochester 

SoS Recovery Community Organization will be relocating its Rochester location to 14 Signal Street by January 2.

This transition may interrupt operations in Rochester. Keep an eye on the RCO’s website and Facebook page for updates.
 
 

Exploring the Trifecta of Homelessness,
substance-use disorder, and mental health

Jeffrey Stewart is the Program Director of Project FIRST (First Responders Initiating Recovery, Support and Treatment) in Concord. Visit the Concord Monitor to read its December 2019 story about the program.
 
Jeff Stewart, the Project FIRST Program Director at Concord Fire Department, recently was interviewed by Chris Ryan, award-winning news/talk-show at WKXL 103.9 FM, 1450 AM, and NHTalkRadio.com.

 

Harm ReductionPrinciples of Harm Reduction Released by National Coalition

The National Harm Reduction Coalition has released a flyer describing the central principles of harm reduction practice aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use.

Download the flyer today or visit the organization's dynamic web page describing them to learn more.
 

New Harm-Reduction Publications from H2RC

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.

Download the brochure
 
 

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, the Harbor Care newsletter, or the New Futures' newsletter today.

The voice of recovery

Harbor Care is collecting stories of recovery throughout the granite state. Check out our YouTube account for more videos.

Older Publications

NH DHHS Resource During Covid

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 Follow-up 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

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