Drug and Alcohol Addiction - State 24/7 Help/Hotline and Important Information

Important Phone Numbers and Links

24/7 State Addiction Crisis Hotline1-844-711-HELP or Dial 2-1-1
2-1-1 NHhttps://www.211nh.org/
Hope for Recovery.orghttp://www.hopefornhrecovery.org/
Amber's Placehttp://www.ambersplacenh.org/
Hope on Haven Hillhttp://www.hopeonhavenhill.org/
The Doorwayhttps://www.thedoorway.nh.gov/
Top 10 NH Impatient Alcohol and Drug Rehab Centershttps://www.rehabcenter.net/inpatient-rehab-centers/new-hampshire-inpatient-rehab-centers/


Pelham Community Coalition

Pelham Community Coalition Website

Pelham Community Coalition Facebook Page

Growing up Drug Free


NH's Drug Crisis - WMUR Presentations

Some drug dealers are addicts working to sustain own demands


Manchester mother speaks out about son's recovery from his addiction


What drug courts are and how they work


Amber's Place serves as shelter for those seeking treatment





New Hampshire in Focus:
Awards and recognition throughout the CoC

Graphic of the state of New HampshireNew Hampshire has a reputation for setting a high bar, but this month organizations and individuals in virtually every component of the state’s continuum of care from Prevention to Recovery have received an award or national accolade. We are humbled by these organizations' leadership, dedication and unyielding energy.     


Gaspa wins Prevention Specialist of the Year

Kelley Gaspa, the Winnipesaukee Continuum of Care Coordinator, was presented the "Prevention Specialist of the Year" award by the Prevention Certification Board of New Hampshire on July 3, 2017.

In a release from the Prevention Certification Board, Kelley was described as "bringing an incredible amount of energy and passion" as she coordinates with various community partners to address suicide and substance misuse.

Kelley Gaspa, prevention specialist of the yearKelley has done a lot of work reducing stigma in the Laconia area and promoting the science behind addiction as a brain disease. Recently she worked within her region to create a video outlining the SUD resources available in the Winnipesaukee area. This 12-minute video was created by local student and features first responders, treatment providers, recovery communities and other stakeholders.

Read the news story about the award.
Watch the Winnipesaukee Region's outreach video


Raymond Coalition For Youth Nationally Recognized

The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) recently featured The Raymond Coalition For Youth in its e-newsletter. In that story, Executive Director Celeste Clark is quoted as saying:

Raymond Coilition for Youth Photo“Our young people decide the topics to address; marijuana and prescription medicine misuse are their primary concern ... They want adults to know marijuana is harmful and often leads to young people moving onto stronger drugs. They have worked with the recovery community on several occasions and every time they learn that people, as teens, experimented with alcohol, moved to marijuana and eventually onto prescription drugs.”

The Raymond Coalition For Youth is a Drug-Free Community Coalition and provides a robust array of prevention programing to its region including family fun nights, community beautification projects, and a summer series.

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Read the story featured in the CADCA e-newsletter
Visit the organization's website

Goodwin Community Health: Treatment Provider of the Year

Goodwin Community Health has been named the "Treatment Provider of the Year" by the NH Providers; Association.

In a press release, the NH Provider's Association said:

Photo of Goodwin "Goodwin has not only shown a great commitment to substance use services, but has worked hard to successfully integrate substance use and mental health services into primary care."

“We believe so deeply in making an impact on access to prevention, treatment and recovery solutions in Strafford County,” said Goodwin CEO, Janet Laatsch. “Having Goodwin and our partner organization SOS selected for these honors is a testament to the team of caregivers and leaders, as well as the power of their partnership in driving lasting, meaningful change in prevention, treatment and recovery in Strafford County.”

Located in Somersworth, Goodwin is also a federally qualified health center and has recently announced plans to merge with Families First Health & Support Center to, "create a single, regional organization that improves patient care and health outcomes through clinical integration, increases access to care and services, and positions the new organization to meet the demands of a rapidly changing health care system."

Visit the organization's website

SOS Receives 2017 Recovery Provider of the Year Award 

SoS LogoThe NH Providers' Association has named SOS Recovery Community Organization the "2017 Recovery Provider of the Year" and the BDAS-funded recovery community organization will be honored July 20th at the Association’s Annual Meeting.

With locations in Rochester, Dover, and Durham, SOS provides recovery coaching, telephone recovery support, meeting space and much more. Individuals may also drop into any of SOS' locations to receive peer-based supports no matter where they are in their recovery.

In an article published in the NH-based news website InDepthNH, SOS Director John Burns said, “We are honored and humbled to receive notification that we will be honored with this distinction. Many thanks to the NH Providers Association, as well as our staff, advisory board, volunteers, SOS members and the community."

Read the news story about the award
Visit the organization's website




New Regional Public Health Network Contracts

Regional Public Health Network (RPHN) contracts for SYF2018 to 2019, which include regional Continuum of Care (CoC) systems development work and regional Substance Misuse Prevention (SMP) work, have been approved by Governor and Council.

Regional CoC development work will focus on helping to increase awareness and access to service, facilitating  better communication and collaboration among providers, and working with partners to increase service capacity.

Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinators provide leadership by convening partners consisting of the six core community sectors (government, businesses, health and medical, safety, community organizations and educations). The primary aim is to impact substance misuse and health promotion by implementing evidence-based prevention approaches, programs, policies, and services to prevent the onset of substance use disorders by reducing risk factors and strengthening protective factors known to impact behaviors.

In addition, 11 of the 13 RPHN have identified staff or is hiring additional staff who will be implementing evidence-informed young adult substance misuse prevention strategies for age 18-25. Once again, in keeping prevention in focus, the goal is to reduce risk factors while enhancing protective factors to positively impact healthy decisions around the use of substances and increase knowledge of the consequences of substance use.

PDFNH to Provide Public Information Campaigns for NH

PDFNH logoThe Partnership for a Drug-Free New Hampshire has also been awarded a contract to provide public information campaigns, create and distribute marketing materials promoting state initiatives, and streamline statewide awareness activities.

The organization's most recent campaign, Speak Up NH, was designed to combat stigma and help individuals understand that addiction is a brain disease.   




May DMI Released

DMI IconThe May Drug Monitoring Initiative (DMI) report has been released and is available on the BDAS website. This report shows historic trends, identifies vulnerable populations and gives data for every region of New Hampshire.

Some of the trends identified this month include:DMI Icon

  • Drug overdose deaths are projected to increase by 9% from
    2015 to 2016.
  • The age group with the largest number of drug overdose
    deaths continues to be 30-39
    which represents 30% of all overdose deaths for 2016.
  • EMS Naloxone (Narcan) administration increased by 19% from March to

Read the report now




Dartmouth Study Discuses Opioid Users in NH

Hotspot reportThe Center for Technology and Behavioral Health at Dartmouth College has released a comprehensive study describing the profile of New Hampshire opioid users. The HotSpot Report: Understanding Opioid Overdoses in New Hampshire (June 2017) report includes demographic details about at-risk populations that will inform policy decisions and inform strategies on the ground.

Drawing from interviews with active users, law enforcement and EMS staff, the report identifies some key misconceptions among New Hampshire residents with substance use disorders including:

  • Lack of understanding of the Good Samaritan Laws,
  • Perceived barriers to getting the anti-opioid overdose medication naloxone (narcan) -- which is available in many NH pharmacies without a prescription and distributed at community events and partner social service agencies, treatment providers, and recovery community organization -- and
  • Distrust of law enforcement.  

For the most part, the finding of the HotSpot report mirror those found monthly in the DMI.
Read the report now




NH Begins Its Block Grant Application Process

SAMHSA logoThe Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant to each Single State Authority (SSA). BDAS serves as the SSA for New Hampshire and many of the state's prevention, treatment and recovery programs are funded through the block grant.

The public is invited to comment on the planning and progress of the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant initiatives.To submit comments please contact:

Shannon Quinn
Telephone: 603-271-5889
Email: [email protected]




New Prescription Drug Drop-Box Location Flyer

Prescription drugs are sometimes misused due to increased availability and easy access at home. New Hampshire residents can anonymously dispose of extra, unwanted or expired prescription drugs safely and securely at collection boxes located throughout the state. Find a prescription drug drop box in your community.




Upcoming events



Mental Health First Aid USA for Older Adults



Mental Health First Aid USA for Older Adults introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health and/or substance use problems in adults over the age of 65, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an older adult in crisis or experiencing a mental health and/or substance use challenge.

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (registration begins at 8 a.m.)

Where: NHADACA, 130 Pembroke Road, Suite 100, Concord, NH 03301

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Supervising a Peer Recovery Workforce



Are the supervisory needs in a peer-based recovery support service any different than in any other service, and how? What needs to be considered in developing the supervisor’s role as well as the certified recovery support worker’s role?  As peer support services become more prevalent in substance use disorder recovery and mental health services, it is important to address these questions as peer roles can present unique challenges to existing supervision structures and processes.  This one day training is designed for individuals who are responsible for supervising Certified Recovery Support Workers (CRSW) or those working towards certification.

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (registration begins at 8 a.m.)

Where: NHADACA, 130 Pembroke Road, Suite 100, Concord, NH 03301

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Addiction Interaction Disorder & Relapse



The training will provide a general examination of addiction interaction disorder and the specific impact of addiction interaction on the relapse process.  Specific behavioral addictions such as sex addiction, gambling disorder, and workaholism will be examined in some detail, while broader looks at food/eating, technology, and money issues will also be included. 

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (registration begins at 8 a.m.)

Where: NHADACA, 130 Pembroke Road, Suite 100, Concord, NH 03301

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24/7: How Connectedness to Technology Can Contribute to Anxiety & Depression



Starting with a young adult perspective in growing up with, and relying on, technology and its impact on human development, and then extending into a research-based power point presentation, presenter will create a space for dialogue with audience members about the role that connectedness to technology, e.g. mobile-based and social media, plays in youth development of all ages; communication and relationships with others; and how these factors relate to signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression.   

Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)

Where: NHADACA, 130 Pembroke Road, Suite 100, Concord, NH 03301

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Substance Use Counseling Skills and Core Functions



This workshop is geared toward people new to the field and will focus on the 12 Core Functions (screening, intake, orientation, assessment, treatment planning, counseling, case management, crisis intervention, client education, referral, reports and record keeping and consultation) and the related global criteria of substance use counseling. Participants will be shown the value of each function, how they are interrelated, and form an understanding of how they apply to clinical practice.  

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (registration begins at 8 a.m.)

Where: NHADACA, 130 Pembroke Road, Suite 100, Concord, NH 03301

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Did you Know?



Although the BDAS Clearinghouse is being restructured, the agency continues to have a large stock of print materials (primarily around Prevention) and distributes large-format posters perfect for libraries, schools, and other public spaces. All materials are free to the public. Contact Randy Moser to schedule a visit.



Other new publications


Download the a brochure designed for women with substance use disorders that includes a listing of state-funded treatment providers.


Read the new Student Assistance Program (SAP) brochure that describe this exciting in-school prevention program. Visit the SAP page today to learn more.


Read Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention, Intervention, Treatment and Recovery is pleased to share an update on the progress made in the first half of state fiscal year 2017, July – December 2016.


Download the new Recovery Resource Guide, that provides a listing of state-funded recovery centers. This document was updated in July to reflect Hope for New Hampshire's new Berlin location.


The BDAS vision document outlines DHHS’ $30 M+ investment in the New Hampshire substance misuse service delivery continuum.


Download the new Voice of NH Young Adults report. Young adults are talking. Are you listening?



Mission: To join individuals, families and communities in reducing the misuse of alcohol and drugs, thereby increasing opportunities for citizens to achieve health and independence.







If you or someone you know is experiencing an addiction-related crisis, call the NH Statewide Addiction Crisis Line at 1.844.711.4357 (HELP).








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