Nashua Addiction Treatment Resources
Carl Jung, renowned psychiatrist and the founder of analytical psychology, had a simple, straightforward summation about the reality of addiction: “Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine…” He pointedly made it clear that individuals with substance use disorder are not “bad” but that being enslaved by addiction presents what can be described as bad problems on all levels of a person’s life.
If you or a loved one is facing issues arising from substance use disorder or addiction, you don’t need to attempt to restore a sense of health and well-being to your life on your own. Most people with some type of addiction to a mind-altering substance are not able to achieve lasting sobriety or true recovery on their own without professional help.
Addiction Facts and Factors
With a population of over 86,000, Nashua remains the second largest city in the state. The city and surrounding Hillsborough County are considered to have a significant issue with substance use disorder, addiction and overdose. There were 415 overdose deaths in the state of New Hampshire in 2019.
Overdoses were down 17% in Nashua, but there were 37 confirmed overdose deaths in 2019. Nearly 50% of the state’s emergency room admissions for opioid emergencies occurred in Hillsborough County, fairly evenly divided between Nashua and Manchester. In 2019, almost 1,884 people in the Hillsborough county area were admitted to substance use disorder and addiction treatment and recovery programs.
The stark reality is that if you or a loved one is suffering from substance use disorder, you’re far from being alone. When you’re living in Nashua or the surrounding area, you have ready access to well-regarded addiction recovery centers like New Freedom Academy and Green Mountain Treatment Center.
How to Determine When Help is Needed
An individual laboring under substance use disorder may exhibit symptoms of the condition in number of different ways. Often, a person with a substance addiction of some type will exhibit multiple signs of the disorder.
In what can be a short amount of time, a person with a substance use disorder may exhibit tell-tale physical signs consistent with the condition. More obvious signs of substance use disorder include a lack of attention to personal hygiene and a failure to follow a healthy diet.
An individual with a substance addiction is very likely to have financial problems of different types. These can include everything from unpaid bills to an increasing number of accounts in collection. Financial issues magnify in many cases because as an addiction worsens, an individual may end up unemployed. Finding and taking drugs becomes the center of life with everything else falling to the wayside, including gainful employment.
Two kinds of withdrawal are associated with substance addiction. These are social withdrawal and physical withdrawal. A person addicted to a mind-altering substance will usually begin to withdraw from friends and family. Ultimately a person with an addiction may experience a full replacement of his or her social network. The social cohort ends up consisting of others who use mind-altering substances and people from whom drugs are obtained.
The second type of withdrawal occurs when a person suffering from an addiction attempts to stop using. Directly after stopping taking a drug of choice, the individual may start experiencing physical, mental and emotional withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms can prove to be severe, even potentially fatal. Consequently, an individual who attempts to stop using on his or her own and without professional support often ends up returning to a drug of choice. If nothing else, an individual in this type of situation returns to using as a means of self-medicating the severe symptoms associated with withdrawal.
A person laboring under a substance addiction may face an array of different types of legal problems, from collection lawsuits to criminal charges. Common criminal charges include cases of driving under the influence, incidents of assault and batteries, drug cases and incidents involving theft.
Types of Addiction Treatment Available in New Hampshire
A number of different types of treatment options exit for people in and around Nashua and throughout the state of New Hampshire. Two common categories of treatment possibilities for people with substance use disorder are residential and nonresidential.
Residential treatment programs are those offered by facilities like New Freedom Academy and Green Mountain Treatment Center. A residential program is for an individual with an addiction to some type of mind-altering substance who needs a fresh start in a new environment. In a residential treatment and recovery program, a person seeking help leaves home and spends a specified period of time in a therapeutic program together with other people seeking assistance.
Nonresidential treatment options can be a decent recovery pathway for individuals with some type of substance use disorder that hasn’t risen to the level of a full-blown addiction. In a nonresidential program, an individual is able to carry forth with many if not all activities of daily living while in treatment. This includes being able to continue working during the process in most cases.
New Freedom Academy
New Freedom Academy is located in pastoral countryside of Canterbury, New Hampshire. New Freedom Academy is committed to providing residents in its treatment program with a low client-to-clinician ratio. An intimate facility, New Freedom Academy has room for 20 residents at a time.
As part of providing a highly individualized comprehensive treatment plan for each resident, New Freedom Academy utilizes a variety of therapeutic treatment modalities. Among them are individual therapy, group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and grief and loss therapy.
Many individuals enter treatment with what is known as a dual diagnosis. This is a diagnosis of both a mental health condition and a substance use disorder or addiction. These dual conditions interlay with one another, creating what ultimately can be a truly vicious cycle. New Freedom Academy has a specialized treatment regimen for individuals with a dual diagnosis.
Residents at New Freedom Academy can access holistic therapies as well. These include such practices as meditation and yoga. In addition, residents are involved in therapeutic “return to the community” activities that include paintball and bowling.
Taking a holistic approach to treatment and recovery, attention is paid to healthy eating as well as physical fitness and exercise. Residents are served chef-prepared, nutritious meals with a focus not only on taste but healthy living.
Comprehensive, Individualized Addiction Treatment at Green Mountain Treatment Center
Green Mountain Treatment Center, located in Effingham, New Hampshire, in the midst of the White Mountains and Lakes Region, provides comprehensive and individualized addiction treatment. Green Mountain provides an adult-focused addiction treatment program that incorporates a 12-step curriculum of the kind developed by Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous. Different evidence-based clinical therapies are integrated with 12-step principles. The therapeutic team at Green Mountain addresses the root causes of a person’s substance use disorder or addiction. True recovery is more than just the elimination of substance use; a healthy future depends upon addressing the root causes leading to the use of and addiction to mind-altering substances.
Green Mountain Treatment Center appreciates that everyone’s path to addiction is different, often dramatically so. Thus, a thoroughly individualized comprehensive treatment program is developed for every resident at the center. Each new resident of Green Mountain is paired with other clients who’ve been at the center for a longer period of time and who are further along in their own courses of treatment. Client-to-client pairing aids a new resident in experiencing what Green Mountain calls a “soft landing” for the start of addiction therapy.
When a person labors under substance addiction, the withdrawal process can prove physically, emotionally and psychologically challenging. Green Mountain has a sub-acute medical detox facility that provides around-the-clock medical monitoring. Evidence-based therapeutic modalities at Green Mountain include individual therapy coupled with group processes. In addition, Green Mountain Treatment Center offers holistic therapies that include meditation, yoga, gym or fitness work, and experiential adventure therapy. The surrounding countryside in which Green Mountain is located is even therapeutic in its own way.
Full Continuum of Care: Aftercare and Relapse Prevention
The missions of both Green Mountain Treatment Center and New Freedom Academy include a commitment to providing what can be described as a full continuum of care. In other words, no resident of either of these facilities leaves with doors closing in their wake. While in treatment, an important focus is on developing a substantial, meaningful relapse prevention plan and planning for appropriate aftercare.
Recovery is a process and not a destination. Following primary residential treatment at Green Mountain Treatment Center or New Freedom Academy, a client’s relapse prevention and aftercare plan is apt to include similar types of therapies and activities undertaken as a resident. These include individual therapy, group processes and involvement in support groups like AA or NA.
Getting on the road to recovery and staying on that course are realistic goals. Experiencing residential treatment for substance use disorder or addiction truly can put a person on a new, healthier pathway for the future. Help is available, so don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us.