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Governor Proclaims September as Recovery Month

Governor Sununu signed a proclamation Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol designating September Recovery Month in New Hampshire, to reaffirm our continuing commitment to finding long-term and comprehensive ways to ensure a resilient and recovery-centered system of care that is accessible for the citizens of New Hampshire in need of support.

Recovery Community Organization Reference Guide Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol

For the 32nd year, SAMHSA observes and celebrates September as National Recovery Month! The 2021 National Recovery Month theme, “Recovery is for Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community.” May this be a gentle reminder that no one is alone in the journey through recovery.

We welcome you to join the Recovery Community Organizations throughout the state of New Hampshire in their annual events to celebrate the journey of recovery through cookouts, rally’s, live music, fundraiser raffles, golf tournaments, and lawn games! Many of the events focus on reducing stigma through advocating for overdose prevention, providing Narcan training, and holding space to honor our loved ones through candlelight vigils and photo memorials.

It’s been said, the opposite of addiction is not sobriety--it is human connection. Join us in creating, celebrating, and maintaining meaningful connections in our recovery communities.

Here are some of the events that the Recovery Community is hosting around the State in honor of Recovery Month:

The current COVID-19 public health crisis is stressful for all. You are not alone. Everyone is feeling some level of anxiety and discomfort right now. It is normal to feel this way. If you or a loved one have struggled with anxiety, other mental health concerns or substance use disorder, this may be an even more difficult time for you.
Mental Health and Substance Use supports and treatment are available to you even during the state of emergency. You can call 2-1-1 to be directed to help.

If you are already connected to a treatment or recovery support provider, stay in touch with them. All Doorways are open and available to connect you to substance use disorder resources. To find your local Doorway, go to, or call 211.

  • Call 211 to be connected to help
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255
  • Disaster Distress Helpline 800-985-5990

For more behavioral health resources during COVID-19, go to the NH COVID-19 web site.


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New Hampshire’s Good Samaritan Law (Drug Overdoses) Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol | Good Samaritan Law Factsheet Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol

NH Rapid Response SAMHSA Grant Documentation

NH’s Opioid Taskforce, on behalf of the NH Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Other Drugs, releases the Status of Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder among Individuals Involved with the New Hampshire Justice System Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol report.
The Doorway logoThe Doorway-NH initiative is now fully operational and ensures services for clinical screening and evaluation services and care coordination are no more than an hour away for any individual struggling with substance misuse or substance use disorders. This innovative model is funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) State Opioid Response grant.

New Hampshire Recovery House Registry
On June 30, 2019, NH DHHS established a "New Hampshire Recovery House Registry". Registration is voluntary, however state agencies and vendors receiving state or federal funds to provide prevention or treatment services can only refer clients to recovery houses listed on the registry. Recovery house operators wishing to register, and/or individuals wishing to view the registry, can find that and other important information on the NH Recovery House Registry page.

Strategic Plan thumbnailThe Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Other Drugs is pleased to present its 2019-2022 Strategic Plan Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol. This plan highlights the key actions to be taken over the next three years to comprehensively address our state’s addiction crisis. This plan has been developed with input and expertise provided by Commission members, Commission Task Force members Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol, and other key stakeholders. This plan serves as a blueprint for our shared efforts, with a focus on alignment, coordination, innovation, and accountability.

The June meeting has been cancelled. The next meeting will be in person on August 27th, more details to follow closer to the meeting date.

Today is for Me iconAs leaders in the challenge to reduce substance misuse across New Hampshire, the NH Charitable Foundation and the Perinatal Substance Exposure Task Force have joined together to launch a public health campaign to increase awareness about the harmful effects of using alcohol and marijuana during pregnancy or while trying to get pregnant. The campaign, Today is for Me, highlights the dangers of using the two most commonly used substances during pregnancy: alcohol and marijuana. Many women believe their perception of harm is low or that little use at certain times is harmless. This belief is especially true for marijuana use.

Today is for Me is a catalyst to motivate women to make healthy, intelligent choices and decisions about behaviors impacting their health in general and their pregnancy specifically. The campaign emphasizes pregnancy and substance use do not mix. Avoiding all types of alcohol and marijuana throughout the whole pregnancy is the best way to prevent complications. Through a strategic mix of print materials and social media channels, women throughout the state will receive messaging encouraging them to visit the website, TodayIsFor.Me, for personal stories about staying healthy during pregnancy and to speak with their providers early about substance use. Healthcare providers will also receive resources to initiate open and honest discussions with their patients about substance use before, during and after pregnancy. Electronic posters and other education material are available for download on the campaign’s website. Or contact Emma Kane to get materials to distribute in your community.

New Hampshire Medicaid Providers: Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Benefit for Standard Medicaid Recipients
NH Drug Monitoring Initiative: NH Drug & Alcohol Data
Opioid Misuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery

Whether you are seeking information or services for yourself or someone you know, we hope you will find this Web page useful and informative.

Our Vision

We envision a society that supports the physical, mental, and social well-being of all individuals, families and communities, free from negative effects of alcohol and other drugs.

Our Mission

To join individuals, families and communities in reducing alcohol and other drug problems thereby increasing opportunities for citizens to achieve health and independence.


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