Bureau of Drug & Alcohol Services (BDAS) Treatment Services support community, non-profit, treatment programs for individuals who misuse, abuse or are addicted to alcohol and/or other drugs. Both residential, intensive outpatient and outpatient services are offered. Services are available on a sliding fee scale, based on one's ability to pay. Most individuals access treatment either through a crisis intervention/sobriety maintenance site or through outpatient services where they receive an evaluation to determine the most appropriate level of treatment. The following are brief descriptions of the types of treatment services. Please also see the NH Resource Guide for a complete listing of providers and services.
Outpatient Treatment Services
Outpatient programs serve individuals whose alcohol and drug use affects their daily living and causes family issues, irregular employment, arrest, etc. In many cases, an individual's outpatient counselor provides the first step towards comprehensive treatment. Services are offered on a sliding fee scale, based on ability to pay for services.
Residential Treatment Programs
- Crisis Sites provide residential non-medical detoxification services and sobriety maintenance services are designed for individuals who are experiencing intoxication from alcohol and/or drugs but are not experiencing a medical emergency. Admission is voluntary;
- Sobriety maintenance programs provide short-term residential services for alcoholics and substance abusers. Services include individual group counseling, educational sessions and introduction to self-help groups and provide a safe and supportive environment until appropriate treatment becomes available. They are typically offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (Please note that most people are assessed or evaluated at a Crisis Intervention Site or at an Outpatient Treatment Program.);
- Short-Term Post-Detoxification Programs are designed to assist individuals who have been substance free for a minimum of 72 hours. Admission is on a voluntary basis. The length of stay averages 28-30 days;
- Long-Term or Extended Care Treatment Services are designed for individuals with severe substance abuse problems. People referred to a high intensity program are generally experiencing serious problems functioning in the community. Admission is voluntary. The length of stay varies from three months to a year, depending on the needs of the individual;
- Halfway Houses and Transitional Living facilities are designed to provide short-term supportive services to the recovering alcoholic and addict. Their goal is to prepare each resident for self-sufficiency in the community. In order to be eligible for most clinically managed low intensity residential treatment services, a person must have already completed a residential program and/or experienced a minimum period of sobriety;
- Private Treatment Programs. There are several private treatment programs, including opiate treatment programs (methadone) and sober housing services available in New Hampshire, which are not supported by public funding. Their fees vary widely. Many accept insurance or other third party payments.
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