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Fundraiser for Art Woodard

Healer, teacher, and friend of recovery recently received heart transplant

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On May 14, 2020 Art Woodard, a man who has taught so many of us the art, heart, and science of helping people with problems in living (as Art describes his work), received news that his heart transplant match had arrived after an 18-month wait. While training his celebrated Racism of the Well-Intended class around the country Art has attributed his worsening heart condition to living and raising a family as a Black man in America. Art has turned his adversity and pain into healing for himself and many others, and is constantly seeking bridges to healing between people and between the head and the heart.

That said, Art’s loved ones see his extended hospital stay during this troubling time in our country as perhaps a blessing. Today, Art remains in the intensive care unit recovering from his heart surgery and related procedures. And in the meantime, Art and his wife Diane’s immediate finances and home in Middletown, CT, very much hang in the balance.

We can help.

Please contribute what you can to let Art and Diane know how much they and their security mean to you.

No amount is too small, and please share this fundraiser whether you can contribute monetarily or not.

Thank you!

Dean LeMiire
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Recovery Community Organizations Address Systemic Racism

Five of the 14 state-funded Recovery Community Organizations have signed a proclamation about racial equity and structural racism, following the brutal murder of George Floyd and the emerging Black Lives Matter social protests. This document reads:   


As our country struggles to dismantle structural racism, some Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) across New Hampshire are uniting to stand with the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community and all who are working to achieve long overdue change to end injustice. We will no longer be silent about inequality!

Current events, such as disproportionate COVID-19 deaths of BIPOC and the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks have proven the concept that race has disappeared as a factor shaping the life chances of all Americans is a myth. The systemic racism and our nation’s deeply embedded inequities and prejudice have been a plague on this country for centuries. This plague far too often results in unjustifiable, heartbreaking tragedy for BIPOC, their families, and their communities.
Read the entire proclaimation
 

We Are All Human: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training

Seats still available for timely training with Deo Mwano

Spend an evening in community conversation with social-impact innovator Deo Mwano.

"We Are All Human" takes people to a place of vulnerability to search deeper and track the root of their biases, prejudices, and racism through reflection and sharing of personal stories.

“There are rare persons who, when we meet them, bring light and energy to our lives; persons who show, almost without speaking, their deep commitment to others," said Stephen Reno Executive Director Leadership New Hampshire and Former Chancellor of University System of NH.

Deo Mwano is a social-impact innovator whose work is focused on diversity, equity and inclusion in organizational culture in education, business, community and individual development. He has worked with Yale, Penn State and other national educational epicenters and been featured prominently in the media, including this WMUR story
 
Register now
 

First RecoveryCorp Graduates Complete the Program

Sometimes it takes more than a village; sometimes you need a Corps.

In 2019 Harbor Homes created the New Hampshire RecoveryCorps, a novel AmeriCorps program addressing the state’s opioid epidemic. With Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) and centers in Nashua, Keene, Dover, Laconia, Claremont, Tilton, Center Ossipee,
North Conway, Berlin and Littleton, members were exposed to recovery in nearly every region of the state.

According to a Union Leader story from 2019, RecoveryCorps workers receive a monthly stipend to serve at nonprofit recovery organizations around the state and help clients connect to services such as transportation, housing, child care and employment. As part of their service, these members also receive on-the-job training and supervision required to become Certified Recovery Support Workers (CRSWs).

Often these RecoveryCorps members have acted as liaisons between RCOs and the wider community. (During Martin Luther King Day 2020, 15 Recovery Corps members collectively donated more than 50 hours of service to their community, for example.)  This unique program exists largely because Harbor Homes serves as the fRecoverCorpsfacilitating organization for state-funded RCOs and has relationships throughout New Hampshire.

The initial cohort of RecoveryCorps members have completed their year of service and will now enter the workforce as CRSWs.


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Read a March 17, 2019 Union Leader Story about the RecoveryCorps
 

Harm Reduction in Rural New Hampshire Makes Headway

The North Country Health Consortium in collaboration with the HIV HCV Resource Center has created a one-hour Naloxone Training Video, that's now available on the new AskPETRA website, free of charge.

Ryral Harm Rduction in NHTo watch this harm reduction-focused recorded training offered by Ryan Fowler, you can go to the new AskPETRA website  and select the "How Do I Use Narcan?" Tab. (The video is nested in a link for Naloxone Training Video.)

The North Country Health Consortium has recently rolled out their AskPETRA and WARM Program to reach more people in the North Country. They have partnered with H2RC to enhance access to naloxone and understanding of harm reduction.
Visit AskPETRA website  now.
 

Revive Recovery's 4th Annual Golf Tournament & Fundraiser

The 4th Annual Revive Recovery Center Golf Tournament and Fundraiser Event is taking place August 24th, 2020 at The Sky Meadow Golf Club in Nashua, NH. The Golf tournament will begin with a shot gun start at 1:30 PM on golf club back patio. There will be a food and beverage cart available this year. Mulligans will be sold for $10/each with a limit of 4 per team. Trophy will be awarded to the lowest scoring team.Revive

Please note-The food will not be served banquet-style this year.
  • Dinner Only $50 per person
  • Golf Only $150 per player
  • Dinner & Golf $175 per person
Sponsorship Packages Available:

Bronze~ $800 Event Advertising, 6 Person Dinner Table

Silver ~$1,500Golf foursome, 10 Person Table for Dinner Event Advertising, Mention at DinnerGold ~ $2,000 Golf foursome, 10 Person Dinner and Display Table, Top Advertising and Time on Stage

Cart Sponsor ~ $2,000, Golf foursome, 10 Person Dinner and Display Table, Cart advertising

***Drink Sponsorship Packages also available upon request

Visit the Revive Facebook account for more information.
 
Homelessness is one of many dire consequences of economic disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Losses in jobs – especially temporary work and employment in the service sector – have left many wondering how they will keep a roof over their heads. For people already struggling to maintain stability, sobriety or safety, ending up on the street will exacerbate their conditions.

“They struggled with poverty, drug addiction, trauma, severe mental illness as well as homelessness, all of which they never chose to have. As the pandemic progressed it was recommended that we physically distance and the disease of disconnection widened. Many individuals facing homelessness were fearful to go to shelters. Subsequently, they moved to the streets, the rail tracks and the woods,” Rik Cornell, vice president for community relations at the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester, wrote in the NH Business Review
In New Hampshire, a state already struggling to meet the needs of its most vulnerable people, when shelters overflow or shutter seasonally, many have no resource but to camp under bridges or in vacant lots.

The Concord Patch reiterated the problem many communities face by saying, “With the closure of the city's cold weather shelter in May, homeless individuals began setting up camps almost immediately, with officials saying it is now close to three dozen at different locations spread out across Concord.”
Read the NH Business Review story
Read the Concord Patch story
 

Recovery Represented

As New Hampshire enters the election season, the Recovery Fix will devote space to candidates who have championed the field, given voice to people struggling with substance use disorder (and the those who care for them) and held the space for new voices of recovery to emerge. This month, we feature Emmett Soldati, owner of Teatotaller in Somersworth, who is running for Executive Council

Next month the Recovery Fix will spotlight Phil Spagnuolo, who is running for State Senate.
 

Emmett Soldati (Executive Council)

Small business owner and LGBTQ+ activist Emmett Soldati is running for New Hampshire's Executive Council, district 2. Visit his YouTube channel to watch all of his campaign videos.
Emmett Soldati grew up in Somersworth, where he now owns and operates Teatotaller, a Recovery Friendly Workplace and openly queer café and venue in the city's downtown that provides a safe and welcoming space for the LGBTQ+ community, those interested in a non-alcoholic social environment, or people who just want a good toasted coconut tea.

Growing up in one of New Hampshire’s smallest and poorest cities, Soldati has championed the disenfranchised and stigmatized, including those in recovery and people serving the under-represented.    

“Emmett has been a strong proponent of harm reduction services in his home town of Somersworth,” said Emily Runyan, a volunteer leader at Hand Up -- the only syringe service program in Stafford County -- and vice chair of the New Hampshire Harm Reduction Coalition.

John Burns, director of SOS Recovery Community Organization, agrees, calling Soldati "an asset to the community in Strafford County."

"His leadership in providing a space and a culture throughout Somersworth that is inclusive and affirming to the LGBTQ+ community has been transformational for so many. He has never hesitated to reach out to the recovery community and he has helped SOS connect with other leaders in the community so that we can be more responsive and provide spaces that are better informed and more welcoming," Burns said.

Although Soldati has met with presidential candidates "Mayor" Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and other political heavyweights (and even made New Hampshire Magazine's 2019 "It List"), he has never lost his small-city sense of civic duty and has provided space for trainings and fundraisers for organizations like Hand Up, SOS, and (during normal operations, pre- and post Covid-19) hosts After School Special: Teen Drag Queen Show, the largest teen drag show in America.

Burns calls Soldati an "impactful and inspiring leader" that is willing to work honestly and transparently and is "an amazing wealth of knowledge and insight he offers generously."

"His fundraising efforts have helped other local agencies that support folks in all stages of recovery," Runya agrees. "He is a true philanthropist, and an unapologetic supporter of all things that benefit his community. Not to mention, he makes the best matcha bubble tea on the eastern seaboard.”
Visit Emmett Soldati's Campaign Site
 

NHCORR's Annual Meeting

The New Hampshire Coalition of Recovery Residence (NHCORR) celebrated its first Annual Meeting on June 27th. NHCORR is committed to building strong recovery communities, eliminating barriers to recovery-supportive housing, and promoting best practice standards for New Hampshire's alcohol and drug-free homes.

During its first year operating, NHCORR:
  • Certified 32 homes that meet or exceed the National Association for Recovery Residences Standards,
  • Provided rental assistance to 150 individuals from 68 municipalities, representing nearly $80,000 dollars
  • Provided trainings for community partners.
Learn more about NHCORR certification or certified houses
Learn more about NHCORR's rental assistance program
Download the interactive annual report from the meeting
 

Banning the Box for the Bar

New Hampshire has joined other states in removing questions from its bar application about mental health history, diagnosis, or treatment when determining character and fitness for bar admissions.

For people like Sofia Hyatt – co-founder of the Mental Health Alliance at the UNH Law School – and former Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick, this was a long time coming.

Sofia Hyatt and her co-founder, Victoria Saxe, began their initiative to change the bar’s character and fitness test in their first year of law school two years ago.

Read more at the Concord Monitor
 

ACERT: Getting help for traumatized kids

Officer Eric Adams, the Laconia Police Department’s prevention, enforcement and treatment coordinator, walks into situations that are impossible to forget – including drug overdoses, domestic violence and sexual assault.

Perhaps his most pivotal role is to connect children to the support they need to weather these disturbing experiences and prevent the trauma from derailing their lives.

“We’re not trying to take your kids away,” Adams tells parents when he asks them to sign a release that enables him to link their children to support at school and in the community.

“This is to help your family dynamics and your situation,” he says. “Everybody needs help sometimes.”


Read the full story at the Laconia Daily Sun
 

Local Planned Parenthood clinics now carry Narcan

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NarcanThe Keene and Claremont chapters of Planned Parenthood will now distribute naloxone, which temporarily counters the effects of opioid overdoses, as part of a pilot program announced Tuesday.

Planned Parenthood talks with patients about drug use and was able to provide patients with a naloxone prescription before the program launched. But now, naloxone can be offered to patients at no cost, according to spokesman Derek Edry.

The service will be offered in partnership with the state’s Doorway program — New Hampshire’s “hub and spoke” system, launched in 2018, to screen, assess and refer people to treatment and support services in the community.
Read the full story at SentinelSource.com
 

Granite Hammer: In the news

Union Leader LogoA minority of the 15 people rounded up by Manchester police last week in the latest iteration of the Granite Hammer drug initiative face drug dealing charges, according to Manchester police.

Police announced the arrests on Friday. They were funded through state of New Hampshire Substance Abuse Reduction Grants, or SARG, the latest rebranding of what was initially called Granite Hammer.

“These grants have been a great resource and effective in the city,” said police department spokesperson Heather Hamel in an email.

But a defense attorney said such large-scale arrests of drug users are one of the reasons people want to defund police.

“There is no one easier to arrest than an addict,” said Suzanne Ketteridge, who works a a public defender in Hillsborough County Superior Court, in an email. “From a criminal justice standpoint wouldn’t it make more sense to hire drug counselors and social workers and put them out there to ‘find’ addicts and attempt to provide opportunities for treatment?” she said.

Read the full story in the Union Leader
 

Forecasting a Bad Season: Trends in NH Substance Use

Covid-19 will leave a lasting mark on the planet, changing the shape of the global economy in ways that we can scarcely imagine. But the effects of isolation, media panic, civil unrest and uncertainly are beginning to display themselves in people with a substance use disorder in the Granite State.

Overdoses Still at the Doorstep

As the coronavirus raged across New Hampshire – disrupting treatment providers’ residential and intensive outpatient groups and pushing those in recovery to online support groups -- the overdose epidemic quietly continued. Reversing a trend that began slightly before Governor Chris Sununu’s Doorway initiative was implemented, overdose deaths have begun to rise again.

“New Hampshire saw an increase of roughly 30 percent in drug overdose deaths in April and May compared to the same months last year, according to preliminary data released by the New Hampshire chief medical examiner on Monday,” the Concord Monitor reported on June 23, 2020.”There were 42 deaths in April and 45 in May, up from 32 in April and 35 in May of 2019.”

Those counts, which include both confirmed deaths and those pending toxicology, are also above the numbers for those months in 2018.

State Underwater in Alcohol Sales

The Concord Monitor reports: Based on data from New Futures, a nonprofit health organization in New Hampshire, sales of 3-liter boxed wine were up 53 percent, sales of spirits and hard alcohol were up about 26% and sales of 24-packs of beer were up 24 percent, compared to the same period of time last year. Overall, New Hampshire made 22 million more sales compared to the same four-month period last year, according to the New Hampshire Liquor Commission.

“The concern is not what happens two weeks later but what happens six months later or a year later,” said Tym Rourke, the director of New Hampshire Tomorrow, in the story. “Addiction is a disease that progresses. Once we reach a point where people seek treatment, it's already been going on for a while.”
 
Stimulant Epidemic Rising

“Meth has been rising every year. And last year, in 2019, it took over as the No. 2 drug in the state, behind fentanyl,” said Melisa Staples, the Lab Director of New Hampshire State Police Forensic Lab in a MachesterLink story from June 11, 2020.

Last year, the lab tested 1,718 fentanyl samples and 1,169 meth samples. For meth, that’s over a 2,100 percent increase over six years. At this rate, Staples said she wouldn’t be surprised if meth were to overtake fentanyl in the top spot by 2021 or soon after.

“It’s getting closer,” she said.

Provider Network and Recovery Homes See Financial Loses, Hardships

The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript reported that eighty-three percent of large and small group substance use treatment providers have experienced a significant financial hardship, according to a survey put out by New Futures, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates, educates, and collaborates to improve the health and wellness through policy change.

The providers surveyed collectively lost an average of $23,000.

In addition "many recovery houses have had to cut the amount of people that they are able to house in order to comply with social distancing guidelines," the story reads. "Six homes have closed their doors due to the lack of income, and 50 percent of people living in recovery homes have lost their jobs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic."

“The provider community is resilient and we need to remove barriers for those with substance use disorder,” said Michele Merritt, the President and CEO of New Futures, in the story. “We have to look to the future and have a clear opportunity to expand and continue to be a model for New Hampshire treatment.”
 
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.
 
 

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