Located in Dover, New Hampshire, a rural town once famous for paper mills, Southeastern New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services offers residential and outpatient treatment, in addition to sober living, to adults in Stafford County and surrounding areas. Since 1976, Southeastern New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services has helped thousands of people struggling with addiction.
Accommodations and Food
Southeastern New Hampshire is literally a one-stop shop treatment center: residential, sober living and outpatient are all under the same roof. The structure is a large, two story brick building housed between a nursing home and a medical complex. While not exactly hospital décor, the interior is fairly clinical with some warm touches added. Counseling rooms have sofas and padded chairs and the classrooms are set up conference style, with a monitor for educational videos.
The residential treatment program takes place on the first floor. The program is co-ed and has 10 beds in double occupancy rooms with two main bathrooms (one for men and one for women). Rooms are furnished with twin beds, foot lockers and a shared closet. Counseling rooms, classrooms, dining room and TV room are all on the first floor. Laundry facilities are also provided. As with most rehabs, there are no cell phones, cameras, laptops or electronic devices allowed, but smoking is permitted here, in designated areas during breaks.
Meals are brought in from a local eatery and are pretty basic; breakfast consists of cereal, oatmeal, eggs and yogurt. Clients get sandwiches and chips at lunch and dinner is a hot meal, consisting of meat, potatoes and a vegetable. Special dietary requests cannot be granted.
Treatment and Staff
Residential treatment at Southeastern New Hampshire is 28-days, with the option to step down to the 90-day sober living program. The treatment team utilizes evidence-based practices such as CBT and MET supplemented with 12-step philosophy. There is no detox here, potential clients are drug tested on admission and must be sober for at least five days—there is no medical staff on-site, either. Clients with co-occurring disorders can be treated, however, at the discretion of the intake counselor. Upon admission, clients are assigned a primary counselor, and they see that person once a week for individual therapy. Group therapy and 12-step meetings take up the majority of the schedule.
Days are fairly structured, with breakfast at 7 am followed by a morning group from 8 am to 9 am. Residents attend groups until noon when they break for lunch, and resume groups from 1 pm to 3:30 pm. Topics include addiction and its effects on the body and mind, relapse prevention, spirituality and mediation, Step Study, coping skills and if appropriate, anxiety and depression group. Southeastern also offers gender specific groups for sensitive subjects. From 3:30 to 5 pm, clients have free time until dinner.
While the residents do not leave the facility during residential treatment, AA and NA meetings are brought to them four nights per week. Evenings are free time for TV viewing or playing board games. Saturday mornings after process group residents are assigned house chores and begin weekly cleaning. There is an hour for visiting on Sunday afternoons and calls can be made from the counseling office after the first week in treatment.
For exercise, clients take supervised walks or play basketball in the adjacent park. Sunday afternoon is Family Education Day from 1 pm to 3 pm. Southeastern’s family program consists of a group lecture and education on substance abuse.
The 90-day sober living component, Turning Point, is located on the second floor of the building. This is a co-ed, 15-bed living arrangement for those who have completed residential and often for those clients who are stepping down to the outpatient program. For the first two weeks residents have their meals supplied for them, but by week three, they are responsible for their own meals. They gradually phase out of treatment, start working and continue to attend 12-step meetings and relapse prevention groups. People who complete the residential treatment program are also eligible to participate in ongoing, weekly aftercare groups.
Southeastern New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services offers its clients affordable long-term recovery (sober living is less than 100 dollars a week), making sure that residential clients have a plan before they leave the standard, 28-day program. It could be comforting to know that treatment doesn’t end after primary care; that there doesn’t have to be too much change involved in stepping down—clients can stay with the same counselors, in the same facility, hopefully with the same sober support group.
Southeastern New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services Location
272 County Farm Rd
Dover, NH 03820
Southeastern New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services Cost
Sliding scale. Reach Southeastern New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services by phone at (603) 5160 8165 or by email at SENHS@co.strafford.nh.us.
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