New Hampshire is known for its picturesque countryside dotted with white-steepled churches, mom and pop shops, quaint main-street districts and incredible fall color. The heart of New England, New Hampshire is a tranquil place where visitors go to “get away from it all.” But along the rural roads and byways of the state, an epidemic is raging.

According to NBC News, in 2015 there were 400 overdose-related deaths in New Hampshire, the most in the state’s history. Currently, New Hampshire has one of the highest per-capita drug addiction rates in the country. That same year in Manchester, New Hampshire’s largest city, first responders received 540 overdose calls, 400 of them resulting in the administration of Narcan- the nasal spray form of naloxone used for the emergency treatment of opioid overdose. As the crisis continues, New Hampshire is working to provide more treatment options for those in need.

How Heroin Addiction Develops

No one sets out to become a heroin addict. The process usually begins with a prescription for an opioid painkiller like hydrocodone or OxyContin. Opioids are typically prescribed after surgery, injury or to manage pain caused by a chronic condition such as Lupus or fibromyalgia. These drugs bind to opioid receptors in the brain, changing the way the body perceives pain and producing feelings of euphoria in the user. Opioids are highly habit forming.

Using more of the drug for longer periods of time than prescribed by a physician can quickly lead to drug dependence. The state’s new prescription drug monitoring program makes it more difficult for users to go from doctor to doctor to get new prescriptions for the drug.

Once dependence on the drug develops and there are no more prescriptions to be had, opioid addicts turn to the black market. But buying painkillers on the black market is often too expensive to feed a daily habit, so users turn to heroin. Heroin is cheap ($10-$15 for a hit), and easy to get.

This “street opioid” is often mixed with other substances, making the nature of the drug highly unpredictable and dramatically increasing the risk of overdose.

Drug Rehab in New Hampshire

For New Hampshire residents who struggle with heroin addiction or addiction to other drugs or alcohol, there is hope. Finding the right addiction treatment program can mean the difference between life and death for you or your loved one. The following addiction treatment centers are just a few of the options available:

Southeastern New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Dover

This facility offers high-intensity residential treatment, clinically-managed low-intensity treatment, drug court-intensive outpatient treatment, women’s intensive outpatient program, general outpatient services and a community access to recovery program. The facility accepts private pay, private health insurance and Medicaid.

Phoenix House, Dublin

This facility takes a holistic approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. Each patient receives an individualized program, and no two treatment plans are identical. Phoenix House’s team of addiction professionals includes psychiatrists, psychologists, medical professionals, social workers, family therapists, case managers, certified alcohol and substance abuse counselors, wellness specialists and vocational/educational specialists.

Phoenix House provides residential and outpatient treatment programs for men, women and teens. Phoenix House works with most major insurance and HMO’s and negotiates with patients who do not have insurance.

Serenity Place, Manchester

Serenity Place in Manchester offers short-term residential treatment (30 days or less) and court ordered alcohol treatment for DUI/DWI offenses. The facility is affiliated with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, the United Way and New Hampshire Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services. Private pay, loans and financing are available.

Finding Help for Drug and Alcohol Addiction in NH

Addiction to drugs like heroin need not define you or your loved one’s life. Recognizing you have a problem and reaching out for help are the first steps on the road to recovery. If you or a loved one struggles with substance abuse, we are here for you. Call our toll-free number 24 hours a day to speak to a counselor about available treatment options. You are not alone. Call us now.

New Hampshire Drug and Alcohol Rehabs