Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers in New Hampshire

In 2016, New Hampshire ranked second in the U.S. for drug overdose deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The state also had the third-highest rate of overdose deaths between 2010 and 2016. New Hampshire is fighting back with innovative treatment programs, community-based resources, and state-strategic funding to combat substance use disorders and save lives.

The state publishes a recovery resource guide listing recovery community centers in the state’s 12 regions. Although regionally-located, the centers serve all state residents.

New Hampshire Substance Abuse Statistics

New Hampshire provides comprehensive statistics on substance abuse hospital admissions and deaths from overdose. Deaths from drug overdoses, primarily heroin and fentanyl, peaked at 485 in 2016. In 2017, 395 drug-related deaths were recorded, with 158 of them in Hillsborough County. Here are more troubling statistics:

  • Opioid-related emergency room visits increased 9.8% between 2016 and 2017.
  • More than 2,700 people went to the emergency room for opioid-related overdoses in Hillsborough County in 2017.
  • 82% of New Hampshire’s drug treatment admissions in 2017 were comprised of heroin/fentanyl and prescription opiates.
  • In 2009, 64% of New Hampshire residents reported using alcohol in the prior month, significantly higher than the national average of 52%.
  • Manchester is the epicenter of drug use and overdoses in New Hampshire, with more than 100 overdoses in July 2018.

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Choosing the Right Rehab Program in New Hampshire

New Hampshire’s Department of Health and Human Services’ Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services funds regional public health networks throughout the state. In addition, New Hampshire maintains a mobile-friendly treatment locator service, the New Hampshire Recovery Hub, to help people find the right program for them. Things to consider when searching include:

  • Accreditation: Nearly all of New Hampshire’s state-funded substance abuse programs are accredited by the Joint Commission or CARF, national agencies that monitor and assess treatment facilities, qualifications of staff, safety, and effectiveness.
  • Evidence-based Approaches: Evidence-based treatment refers to therapeutic or recovery models that have been studied by mental health and substance abuse professionals, with results documented in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Length/Location: In New Hampshire, the majority of residential centers offer 28-day to 90-day programs. Community-based programs are located in the larger townships and cities, which may require some people to travel.
  • Aftercare and Alumni Services: New Hampshire’s substance abuse programs offer a number of after-care, community-based, and peer support options, which aide in long-lasting recovery.
  • Payment: A number of New Hampshire’s substance abuse programs do not refuse people who lack the ability to pay. Some programs will accept private insurance but check with the insurance provider and rehab center for details.

New Hampshire Drug and Alcohol Rehab Services

New Hampshire licenses and certifies substance abuse professionals and prevention specialists. The state has also established a Center for Excellence which oversees a continuum of care from prevention to treatment. Some essential services or programs offered include:

  • Drug and Alcohol Detox Programs: Detox programs are medically-supervised and help people overcome withdrawal symptoms when they cease alcohol or drugs. New Hampshire has 5 medication-assisted detox programs for alcohol and/or opioid withdrawal symptoms.
  • Medication-assisted Therapy (MAT): Medication-assisted treatment provides daily doses of FDA-approved medication to individuals seeking to recover from alcohol or opioids. New Hampshire has authorized an expansion of its MAT program to serve 1,400 additional patients each year.
  • Behavioral Therapy: Behavioral therapy works to change thinking and attitudes towards drugs or alcohol. New Hampshire has a number of outpatient therapy programs, which help people identify triggers and develop coping skills.
  • Treatment For Co-Occurring Disorders (Dual Diagnosis): New Hampshire offers supportive services and specialties for homeless persons, pregnant and parenting women, older adults, veterans, and teens who may have dual mental health and substance abuse diagnoses.

Finding Addiction Treatment

New Hampshire offers an online resource directory of substance abuse treatment and community health programs covering all of the state and its regional centers. Finding the best program may require travel. There is no right treatment best for everyone, so make an informed decision based on individual needs and preferences.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Drug Overdose Death Data

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - New Hampshire State Profile of Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Health

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services - New Hampshire Drug Monitoring Initiative

U.S. News - New Hampshire: Ground Zero for Opioids

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