October 2020— Residents of Strafford County who face difficult battles with drug and alcohol addiction can wait up to 200 days for placement in a high-intensity residential treatment program. Many give up on seeking treatment because of this extremely long wait. Those who do eventually make it to the top of the list typically have to leave the Seacoast area to find treatment.
Southeastern New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services (SENHS), a primary provider of substance abuse treatment in Strafford and Rockingham counties for over 40 years, is addressing this important community need by expanding services at its Dover facility for men and women age 18+ who can benefit the most from expert 24/7 residential care.
SENHS has 28 beds available for both high and low level intensity level residential treatment. The high-intensity level program, ARC, is for clients just starting their recovery, and typically lasts up to 28 days. The low intensity program, Turning Point, builds on clients recovery skills and helps them to start integrating back into the community by finding jobs, housing and peer support groups to create a stabile foundation when they leave. Costs for the programs can be covered by insurances, including Medicaid, and through grant funding from the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services.
“By opening ARC, we’ll be able to provide a much stronger continuum of care under one roof. Clients who start in ARC will be able to transition to our Turning Point program, and then into our out- patient programs, if necessary, to continue their journeys to sobriety.” said Denise Elwart, Southeastern New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services Operations Director.
The need for 3.5-level treatment programs has increased in Stafford County due to rising numbers of opioid addictions, which now account for 57 percent of all substance abuse cases recorded by SENHS. Elwart expects the Addiction Recovery Center to provide assistance to as many as 150 to 200 clients per year.
Southeastern New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services serves more than 40 communities, providing evidence-based treatment programs for nearly 600 residents yearly, 70 percent of whom have incomes below the federal poverty level. The agency also annually provides thousands of hours of out-patient services to those in need. A private, nonprofit founded in 1979, its compassionate counselors and case managers provide care 365 days per year, sustaining all services throughout the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in compliance with CDC and State guidelines.
For more information about ARC’s October opening, or to obtain help on your way to recovery, please call Southeastern New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services at 603-516-8160.