Recovery Support Services
The Recovery Support page provides information on recovery support services for individuals and families across the state.
This September 2022, Governor Sununu reaffirms the State’s commitment to find long-term and comprehensive ways to ensure a resilient and recovery-centered system of care is accessible for the citizens of New Hampshire in need of support, and proclaims it Recovery Month! This month is recognized by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), and has adopted the theme: Recovery is for everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community. Recovery month described by Faces and Voices of Recovery, “celebrates the gains made by those in recovery from substance use and mental health, just as we celebrate improvements made by those who are managing their health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.”
Recovery Community Organizations across the state of New Hampshire are hosting events throughout the month to celebrate, fundraise, and build communities full of hope, support, and resiliency in shared experiences and recovery journeys. Recovery is for every person. Whether you or a loved one are in personal recovery, an ally, interested in additional supports and resources, or desire to be part of a community with sober events, come on by! Check out your local RCO’s events or explore a new RCO you are less familiar with. Recovery is for every community.
Through the Recovery Support Strategic Initiative, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) delineated 4 major dimensions that support a life in recovery and a set of guiding principles for recovery:
- Home — having a stable and safe place to live. If you are seeking recovery housing resources, please review the guide on How to Find Recovery Housing, and then visit the NH Certified Recovery House Registry to view some available houses.
- Health — overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms and making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being.
- Community — having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope. Find Recovery Community Organizations and their information, see interactive map at the bottom of this page.
- Purpose — conducting meaningful daily activities and having the independence, income, and resources to participate in society.
Peer Recovery Support Services
Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) are peer-led and peer run agencies that provide services to support people in their recovery from substance misuse. The RCOs support all pathways to recovery and offer peer recovery coaching, telephone support, and mutual aid groups. Find your Recovery Community today.
A recent comprehensive evaluation of Peer Recovery Support Services (PRSS) in NH and several data points demonstrated the value of PRSS and determined that increased participation in a variety of PRSS activities (attending more meetings, prosocial activities, completing recovery plan goals) seemed to be the most important factor associated with increasing recovery capital, leading to greater success in their recovery. The full 2021 NH Recovery Evaluation PRSS Report.
Individuals looking to find a recovery house, or recovery house operators looking to learn how to certify and/or register their recovery house, or someone wishing to file a complaint concerning a recovery house.
Family Support Services are an integral part of New Hampshire’s recovery system. Family Support Groups provide a safe and confidential environment for parents, caregivers, and adult siblings of loved ones living with a substance use disorder to share experiences, struggles, and successes. Groups are free and lead by trained facilitators.
IMPORTANT: Due to COVID-19, many Family Support Groups are holding on-line meetings so that individuals who have family members and loved ones with a substance use disorder can continue get the help and support they need from the safety and comfort of their own home.
State-Funded Recovery Community Organizations
New Hampshire Recovery Resources
- NH Alcoholics Anonymous
- NH Narcotics Anonymous
- NH Al Anon
- SMART Recovery
- NH Buddhist Recovery Network
- Binge-Free 603 Campaign
- NH Harm Reduction Coalition (NHHRC)
- Family Support NH (FSNH)
National Organizations & Resources
- Peer Recovery Center of Excellence
- Faces and Voices of Recovery
- Partnership to End Addiction
- Young People in Recovery (YPR)
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism (NIAAA)
- Smart Recovery Family & Friends
- National Association for Children of Addiction (NACoA)
- SAMHSA Decisions In Recovery Handbook
- Addiction Policy Forum