Naloxone, the Overdose Antidote

When people hear the word “overdose,” they immediately think of overdose and death caused from illegal drugs such as heroin or cocaine.  But misuse of prescription opiod painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin has increased rapidly in the United States as well. Prescription opioid overdose was responsible for more deaths in the United States from 1999-2008…

Recovery is a Life Long Process

“We suffered from a disease for which there is no known cure. It can however be arrested at some point, and recovery is then possible”. ~ Narcotics Anonymous   For people with addictions, recovery is a daily battle that they must constantly be diligent about fighting.  These practices really can help: Attending 12-step meetings regularly…

Finding Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centers in NH

If you or someone you love is looking for substance abuse help, check out this NH Alcohol and Drug Treatment Locator to find agencies and individual practitioners offering substance use disorder services, including evaluation (which is a critical first step to determining the level of treatment needed), withdrawal management (detox), outpatient counseling, residential treatment, recovery supports…

NH State Prison Starting To Use Vivitrol

This month, NH Department of Corrections has started a new program available to certain inmates who demonstrate a willingness to defeat their drug addictions. The program is designed to reduce re-offenses and drug overdoses after release. Following in the footsteps of a program launched in Massachusetts in 2014, New Hampshire DOC will start administering Vivitrol,…

New Program for Addicts in Manchester, NH

Operation Safe Haven, a new program which offers aid and assistance to those suffering from drug abuse, has started this month in Manchester, NH.  It allows people seeking help to go to any fire station in the city and quickly be linked to resources to help them. Anyone in need of help can walk in at any…

Groundbreaking 28-day detox program at the Middleton House of Corrections

The Middleton House of Corrections is one of the largest jails in Massachusetts.  In December of 2015,  a 42-bed detox unit was started on the second floor of the jail that is now changing addict’s lives by addressing the opioid crisis in the state. The detox unit serves inmates who are facing charges for nonviolent offenses…

New Implants for Heroin Treatment

Thankfully, new treatment options are coming out for heroin addicts.  The latest one I just heard about is called probuphrine and it is a new implant approved by the FDA that mitigates the effects of heroin.  It is dispersed by four small rods that slowly administer the substance. With a steady supply of the drugs…