Quote for the Week

“Improve your memory – tell the truth.”

Toward the end of my drinking my memory got worse and worse.  To start with, my mind was a big blur from being constantly loaded, or from recovering from a blackout.  In addition, it got harder and harder to remember what story or excuse I had recently made up or who I had told what to.  Because my drinking had become the most important thing in my life I had begun lying to protect it, and because most of the lies and stories I made up were followed by a drinking binge, I couldn’t keep anything straight.  It’s no wonder people stopped hanging around me.
When I got sober and my head began to clear, I went right on lying and telling stories.  As I worked the Steps what I realized was that I was lying to protect my ego and get my own way.  I quickly found the truth in the statement that ‘self-centeredness and self-seeking’ was my natural state as an untreated alcoholic.  It took a lot of inventories and conversations with my sponsor before I was ready to get honest.  I also had to uncover, discover and discard a lot of character defects that were keeping me sick before I could fully recover.
Today my life is much easier now that my default is to just tell the truth.  I no longer feel the need to defend or construct a big story because today I’ve learned how to be responsible and honest.  Today I go through life looking for ways to be of service rather than to cheat or deceive.  It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to look someone in the eye again and feel a part of the human race.  And best of all, my memory has improved because today I tell the truth.
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DHHS Emergency Service Unit Issues Alert & Safety Instructions

carfentanil on Wednesday April 26th, following New Hampshire overdose deaths that have been linked to the substance. As a result, the NH Information & Analysis Center prepared a bulletin about carfentanil; UPDATE: The NH Information & Analysis Center issued an update describing the current trends surround carfentanil use in New Hampshire Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol on May 23, 2017.

Carfentanil FlyerThe NH DHHS Emergency Services Unit has released a flyer with instructions Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol on what to do if you’re exposed to carfentanil, as well as a flyer designed for first responders Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol who might come in contact with it. In addition, the State epidemiologist has released a Health Alert Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol on the deadly substance.

Gambler’s Anonymous meetings in NH

The current meetings in New Hampshire are: Tuesday 7PM Manchester  Easter Seals Bldg 555 Auburn St. Manchester and Thursday 7:30-9PM Hampstead at the Congregational Church 61 Main St (Route 121) Hampstead.

SOS Dover Recovery Center Ribbon Cutting

Join us Tuesday May 23 at 4pm for a ribbon cutting followed by a Grand Opening Celebration for our Dover SOS Recovery Community Center at 4 Broadway in Dover, NH. Come visit us for some light food and refreshments and check out our new Dover RCC. This is open to the public!

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CRSW Supervision Locations in NH

If you are working towards your Certified Recovery Support Worker credential and are looking for supervision to meet those requirements, here are a few agencies that are offering it for free:

Safe Harbor Recovery Center, 865 Islington Street, Portsmouth; Mondays 10-12; https://www.facebook.com/events/1456027377795355/

SOS Recovery Center.


White Horse Addiction Center, 68 NH16B, Center Ossipee, 603.651.1441; 10-12, Every Friday except the first Friday of the month.

Live, Free, Recovery Housing Webinar by SAMHSA

In this virtual event, SAMHSA’s Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) team will bring together national experts to define recovery housing, its association with recovery-oriented supports and services, and emerging opportunities to promote recovery housing in the community.


Jason Howell, Executive Director, RecoveryPeople

Rachel Post, Public Policy Director, Central City Concern

Trina Frierson, President and CEO, Mending Hearts

Moderated by Jonathan Cox, Senior Associate, Center for Social Innovation

Recovery housing provides a living environment that offers peer support and other recovery support resources to assist individuals with entering and sustaining recovery from substance use disorders. Recovery housing is an umbrella term that includes recovery residences, sober homes, halfway houses, and other settings. In recent years, recovery housing has received increased attention as an important recovery support service as our nation works to increase treatment to and provides services such as housing for people in recovery.

Recovery LIVE! participants engage directly with presenters and each other through live chatting, polls, and other interactive features. Be part of the conversation—register today!

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Addiction event to host 23 Rockingham County communities

BRENTWOOD — Every community has a story and 23 communities will share theirs at a Seacoast Public Health Network event at Austin17House on May 18.

The new nonprofit community center on Route 125 will host the interactive workshop addressing addiction, prevention, intervention and recovery. Karen Morton-Clark, substance misuse prevention coordinator with Seacoast Public Health Network, said 23 Rockingham County communities will be represented, allowing for resource sharing and networking among themselves, as well as an opportunity for members of the public to learn more.

“It’s going to look at what is the landscape of prevention in our communities now?” Morton-Clark said. “Successes? Challenges? How can we move forward?”

The event will have a variety of presentations, speakers and small group discussions. Present will be Devin Rowe, executive director at Partnership for a Drug-Free NH, Marty Boldin, the governor’s policy advisor on prevention, treatment and recovery, Chris Placy, executive vice president at Substance Free Workplace, and many more.

“We will also have a recovery panel with speakers who are currently in recovery,” Morton-Clark said. “It’s a message of hope and a layout of their journey. On that panel are two local business owners, one from Exeter.”

Raymond Coalition for Youth, Newmarket ASAP, Southern Rockingham Coalition for Healthy Youth, Safe Harbor Recovery Centers in Portsmouth and Seabrook, Lamprey Health Care, Seacoast Mental Health Center, a grief group called GRASP, the Farnum Center and Families First will all be on-hand to discuss a variety of topics and the future of combating the state’s opioid crisis. Jim and Jeanne Moser, of East Kingston, will speak about their prescription drug campaign called “Zero Left.” The Mosers lost their son Adam to a fentanyl overdose in 2015.

“We’re also showcasing Austin17House because of the exciting work and momentum they have going right now,” Morton-Clark said. Hosting an event as such aligns directly with Austin17House’s mission, as the relatively new community center looks to serve as a “hub” for organizations across the state. READ MORE

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


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