Lodged between a nursing home and a medical complex in Dover, New Hampshire, a two-story brick edifice houses all three components of the Southeastern New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services program: residential, sober living and outpatient counseling offices. Southeastern New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services has helped thousands of people since its inception, in 1976, utilizing evidence-based practices in conjunction with 12-step principles. Outpatient services are on the ground floor, with counseling offices available for individual therapy, rooms for groups and a single classroom. Décor is simple but the rooms are furnished with cushioned seats and sofas as opposed to folding chairs.
Treatment and Staff
There are four types of outpatient services: Intensive Outpatient (IOP), IOP for women, outpatient and aftercare. IOP is specifically designed for clients who have been referred through the Strafford County Drug Court Program. The primary IOP counselor and the clinical program coordinator oversees each case, in conjunction with case managers, the public defender, two Superior Court Judges, the County Prosecutor and parole officer. In other words, this is no easy out; a village oversees each client’s progress and any infraction can result in expulsion from the program.
IOP lasts for a minimum of 13 months and sessions include group psychotherapy, psycho-education, individual therapy, CBT, coping skills training and aftercare. Initially, clients attend groups four times per week for three hours and then move through progressive levels as they complete treatment objectives outlined in the initial assessment. Weekly sessions with the primary counselor mark each client’s progress.
Clients are required to maintain abstinence and urinalysis tests are used as a measure of compliance. A minimum of three AA/NA meetings are also required and proof of attendance sheets must be signed. Graduates of the IOP Program who are still on probationary status with the drug court may be eligible to return to IOP treatment in a 22-week Relapse Track if they experience a relapse episode after their initial graduation.
IOP for women is exclusively for those clients who are pregnant or have children. This day treatment program is a collaborative effort between Southeastern New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services and Goodwin Community Health Center. While Southeastern provides outpatient substance abuse treatment, Goodwin offers prenatal services, childcare and transportation services. Each woman works with a primary counselor and a LCSW. The program consists of group therapy sessions, lectures on all aspects of addiction and recovery, relapse prevention education, child development and parenting information and networking in a community of recovering women. Clients meet three days per week for three hours for at least 12 months.
For Southeastern’s outpatient clients, treatment services depend on the initial assessment. Typically, clients attend group therapy once a week for eight weeks. Individual therapy is on an as needed basis. While attendance at 12-step meetings is not mandatory, Southeastern strongly advocates meetings as a source of support.
The treatment team at Southeastern consists of intake counselors, licensed clinical supervisors, CSACs, MFTs and Master’s-level LADCs. All sessions are 60 minutes and are facilitated by one of the licensed substance abuse counselors.
Aftercare groups take place on Monday evenings and are ongoing. Discussions are peer driven and all alumni are encouraged to attend.
Southeastern New Hampshire Drug and Alcohol Services offers outpatient treatment to people who have no choice—either through the court system or because they have kids depending on them. This is serious sobriety—clients who qualify for this kind of treatment have a team of professionals behind them—both a daunting and a comforting prospect. Southeastern New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services offers long-term support; including a relapse track and aftercare, understanding that falling down in recovery is often part of the process.
Southeastern New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services
272 County Farm Rd.
Dover, NH 03820
Southeastern New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services Cost: Medicaid. Reach Southeastern New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services by phone at (603) 5160 8165 or by email at [email protected].
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