2nd Annual Restore Your Spirit Day

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Restore Your Spirit Celebration and Vigil
September 9, 2017 from 1 pm to 5 pm
White Park, 1 White St., Concord, and N.H.03303

Dear Friend,

The S.T.A.R.S. Program (Scholarship Trust for Addiction Recovery Services) is excited to invite you to join us at our 2nd annual “Restore Your Spirit Celebration & Vigil” where together we will recognize and celebrate National Recovery month. The S.T.A.R.S. Program is a 501 © 3 that raises and distributes funds in New Hampshire for motivated individuals who are seeking support in their recovery from substance use disorder.  Since August of 2015 we’ve helped numerous individuals in a variety of ways, i.e. purchasing steel toed boots, getting their driver’s license reinstated and paying rent for 1-2 weeks for their recovery housing.

Restore Your Spirit Celebration and Vigil is a free, family orientated event that will provide you and the public with resources and education about substance use disorder (alcoholism & drug addiction), prevention and treatment.  This is a forum to help educate the public so that their perception and the way that they respond to the people who suffer from substance use disorder will begin to shatter the stigma that is associated with it.  This is a positive celebration that will include live music from people who are in recovery and advocates who will speak about the effects of prevention and treatment.  Our goal is to promote public awareness that people can and do recover, and honor their success.  We will remember lives lost and their families because not one more parent should lose a child to the disease of addiction.

Here is one of the many testimonies that we’ve received:  “I want to start off saying thank you for all you do to help those in recovery.  Your program has greatly made an impact in my life.  With all the stressors of early recovery financial insecurity is a burden that I have in the past relapsed over.  With the struggle of trying to manage everything from I.O.P to getting a job, food, etc., it was reassuring when your program offered to help me out with my rent.”  Jasmine L.

We would like to ask you to consider becoming one of the S.T.A.R.S. Program 2017 sponsors for this great event so that we can continue to help people like Jasmine.  Included with this letter is a 2017 sponsorship proposal packet for you to review.

For more information about the Celebration and Vigil and or sponsorship questions, please contact the celebration coordinators Donna Marston (603)-568-0533 or Cheryle Pacapelli at (203)-213-0924

In Service,

The S.T.A.R.S. Program


Stop the silence and be part of the conversation!

NE School of Addiction Studies Summer School

The New England School of Addiction and Prevention Studies, commonly called Summer School, is a four-day intensive experience for participants to further their knowledge, skills, and experience in the field of substance use disorder services through in-depth coursework.

Individuals may select topic specific tracks where similar topic courses have been grouped together or, if a participant would like to tailor their experiences even more, they may select specific courses from different focus areas. These focus areas have been designed to meet the needs of various audiences. Potential attendees will notice there is programming intended for many different partners in the world of substance use disorder prevention, treatment, intervention and recovery. Whether you are a new addiction counselor, a juvenile probation officer, a recovery coach, or a licensed clinician, you will find unique offerings within this year’s program. Over 80 courses are offered. D

Click below to view downloadable course lists.

For more detailed information about particular courses, click here to view downloadable course descriptions.

Click here to view the daily Summer School general schedule.

The Summer School is appropriate for anyone who recognizes the impact of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs on individuals, families, and communities. Each year, participants from many disciplines come together to form a unique and diverse learning community.

Click here for additional information http://www.neias.org/?page=SS17_General_InfoB

Open House – Addiction Recovery Coalition

Addiction Recovery Coalition
You are invited to join us at the ARC for some great food, live music by Doug Farrell, and a recovery meeting.

WHEN:    Saturday, April 8, 2017
WHERE:  26 Elmwood Road, Hancock, NH
TIME:      5:00pm – 8:00pm

The ARC is community transitional recovery housing dedicated to people who have gone through an addiction treatment program.  ARC’s core program is a combination of a sober community, 12-Step participation, relapse prevention, secure employment, and creating goal plans.

The Addiction Recovery Coalition (ARC) is part of an addiction recovery network partnering with businesses and community organizations to collectively develop innovative recovery solutions for people striving for recovery.

For more info email Niles Comer niles@arcne.org
Visit ARCNE Website http://arcne.org/

Save the Date – State Rally to Fund the Fund!

In 2015, many of you gathered at the State House to draw attention to a lack of funding for addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery in the State Budget.  You sported t-shirts with the number 321 on the front to represent the lives lost to overdoses in NH in 2014.

In 2017, I’m afraid to say that the fight is not over.  In 2016, we lost 478 Granite Staters to overdoses. Convincing our legislators to use state liquor profits to fund necessary prevention, treatment, and recovery measures remains an uphill battle. Just this morning, the Division III Finance Committee in the House voted to suspend the statute that guarantees this crucial Alcohol Fund money is used to address substance use in New Hampshire.

On April 6th, 2017, New Futures advocates will once again be gathering at the New Hampshire State House to fight for a budget that fully funds the New Hampshire Alcohol Fund at 5%.  Once again, we need your help to rally for the resources that people with substance use disorders need and deserve.

Please join us in rallying for the health and wellness of New Hampshire’s citizens. To sign up, click here: https://secure.everyaction.com/SdFZQQ9-xEGNg6iOU6p3qQ2. Encourage your friends and fellow advocates to do the same!

Questions?  Contact me via email or phone.  I’d be happy to speak with you.

Aly McKnight
Community Engagement Coordinator
New Futures, Inc.
10 Ferry Street, Suite 307
Concord, NH 03301
Office: (603) 225-9540 X 12
Cell: (603) 732-3817

If you or someone you know are experiencing an addiction related crisis, please call the NH Addiction Crisis Line: 1-844-711-HELP (4357).


NH Addiction Summit Agenda 2017

The Strafford County Opioid Taskforce presents the 2017 NH Addiction Summit which will take place at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital’s Garrison Wing from 9:30am- 4:30 pm on Friday April 7th, 2017. The event is free and lunch is provided. We ask that if you need to cancel for any reason to please get in touch with Melissa Silvey at info@onevoicenh.org or by calling 603.516.2562.

Agenda: 9:00-9:30 Registration Summit begins promptly at 9:30AM Keynote Merideth Norris, DO- This Doctor will treat anyone with addiction, even without payment. Dr. Norris will inspire us to do more Keynote Tym Rourke, MA-All In: Sharing in the Hope of Recovery Facilitated Multiple Pathway’s Recovery Panel Keynote Devin Rowe, Drug Free NH’s Speak Up NH Networking Lunch and Champion in Action Award Breakout #1 Coffee Break Breakout #2 Keynote Lukas Kolm, MD, MPH – Addressing the Opioid Epidemic from an Emergency Department Perspective

Registration IS required, and please cancel if you cannot make and did register. When you reserve a spot and cannot attend you take away an opportunity for someone who does want to attend.

Register and more information HERE