Top Addiction Treatment Centers in New Hampshire


Granite Recovery Centers has 12 drug rehab facilities across New Hampshire including our two inpatient residential drug rehab programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (C.A.R.F.); Green Mountain Treatment Center in Effingham and New Freedom Academy in Canterbury. We employ what we call, “Recovery Education & Skills Training (R.E.S.T.),” which is a comprehensive lecture, discussion, and action-based curriculum developed by integrating time-tested 12 Step principles with evidence-based clinical practices and the personal experiences of men and women in recovery from Substance Use Disorder. This transformative program has proven to be effective with our client’s time and time again.

Evidence Based Clinical Practices in Addiction Treatment

Our Evidence Based Practice – Model of Care Curriculum (EBP) consists of scientifically-supported psychotherapeutic approaches that help clients identify, dissect, and reprogram harmful thoughts and behaviors. Clinical therapies used at GRC may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma Therapy, and Grief & Loss Therapy. Our trained clinicians leverage these therapies to help addicted adults approach and process difficult and painful issues related to their substance use origins and triggers. When integrated with our structured 12-Step curriculum, these clinical therapies can play an instrumental role in recovery. Read more about EBP for addiction.

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What It Means to Be 12-Step Centered Program

12-Step centered refers to the incorporation of the 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous into our NH drug and alcohol rehab center. While some addiction rehab programs pay little more than lip service to the 12 Steps (passing along a book or recommending that the client seek out and attend A.A. group), the 12 Steps are core to our treatment approach.
Our curriculum begins on day one with each client being immersed in teachings that include self-acceptance, giving back, making amends, and active participation in the 12-Step community. Read more about 12-Step centered drug rehab.

Treating Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders

Addiction is more often than not a symptom of underlying mental and psychological issues. In fact, at least half of all people who suffer from a substance use disorder also suffer from a psychological disorder or have experienced a significant emotional or physical trauma, hence the term co-occurring disorders. Inpatient and outpatient environments can provide clinical treatment for co-occurring disorders so that both the mental disorder and the substance use can be addressed. In order to best serve a client with a co-occurring mental disorder in a drug rehab setting, evidence-based clinical treatment must be individualized to both the client’s addiction and his or her mental disorder. Read more about integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders.

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Our Full Continuum of Addiction Care

In a full continuum of care, clients are tracked and guided over time as they progress through a comprehensive array of
addiction treatment services spanning all levels and intensity of care.

Granite Recovery Centers operates 12 facilities throughout New Hampshire, each playing its own specialized role in our full end-to-end continuum of addiction care including:

  • Medical Alcohol and Drug Detox
  • Primary Residential Treatment
  • Extended Care
  • Structured Sober Living
  • Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP)

Medical Drug and Alcohol Detox

Medical Detox at our NH drug and alcohol rehab center is typically the first step in the process of recovering from drug or alcohol addiction. Addiction is a disease of both the mind and the body. Medical detox deals with both mind and body allowing clients, under medical supervision, to comfortably cleanse their systems of drugs and alcohol so that they can be strong, alert and clear minded as they proceed into primary treatment. Granite Recovery Centers provides medical detoxification for people who do not need immediate medical intervention, are not a danger to themselves, and are capable of self-evacuation in the event of an emergency. Read more about medical detox programs.

Medical Detox at our NH drug and alcohol rehab center is typically the first step in the process of recovering from drug or alcohol addiction. Addiction is a disease of both the mind and the body. Medical detox deals with both mind and body allowing clients, under medical supervision, to comfortably cleanse their systems of drugs and alcohol so that they can be strong, alert and clear minded as they proceed into primary treatment.

  • Utilize group and individual clinical therapies
  • Require immersion in the 12-Step curriculum
  • Require that clients do not use drugs or alcohol
  • Are accountable for their actions
  • Perform basic chores

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Extended Care

Our four extended care facilities provide additional time for clients who desire or require structured support and therapy while solidifying sober concepts, and propelling them into early recovery towards a life of abundance. Typically a “step down” stage of the continuum for clients successfully discharging from a residential primary treatment program, extended care provides clients extended time to work on the concepts and skills learned in primary treatment while preparing for eventual independent living.

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Intensive Outpatient Drug Rehab Program

Outpatient drug rehab programs are often the last step of treatment and coincide with full immersion back into the real world. Intensive outpatient treatment is also implemented as part of our extended care programs where clients reside at one of our
extended care facilities and attend Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) at a neighboring facility. Outpatient programs can vary in intensity of support and programming. IOPs generally require clients to participate in continued clinical, holistic, and 12-step sessions at a minimum of 10 hours a week. Read more about outpatient drug rehab.

Sober Living

Our four sober living homes are residential settings that provide safe, supportive, structured, and sober environments for clients in early recovery. In the treatment continuum, sober living typically follows extended care although some elect to enter sober living directly following primary treatment. Sober living acts as a transitional buffer for clients starting work or school and moving about in the “real world”. Structured yet independence-focused sober homes provide an environment where clients can practice and fine tune life, their accountability, life skills, and sober concepts. Read more about sober living.

Holistic Therapies

Holistic therapies are used to treat and unify the mind, body, and spirit when one or all are unwell. Body-centric therapies such as yoga, meditation, and exercise help quiet the mind, strengthen the body, and center the whole person spiritually. Holistic therapies at GRC compliment our hybrid clinical/12-Step drug and alcohol rehab program, help clients resolve physical and mental imbalances, and find healing through mindfulness and self-acceptance. Read more about holistic therapies for addiction.

If you’re thinking about going to admitting to a drug rehab facility and have never been before, of course, you have a multitude of questions. Facing any new experience can be scary, and especially, if that new experience presents a permanent life change. We’ve put together a list of some of the most important things to know about drug and alcohol treatment centers and what to expect while there, to help you better familiarize with the concept.

Not NH Every Drug and Alcohol Rehab Center is the Same

While there a number of aspects of drug and alcohol rehab that are typical, no two drug and alcohol treatment centers are the same. For example, some treatment centers are harm-reductive (allow monitored use of less harmful substance) while others are abstinence-focused (do not allow substances of any kind). Some rehab facilities are 1-2 weeks long, while others can last months. Knowing that there can be a vast difference in the offerings can help in doing your research to find out what types of centers might be best for your personal needs.

Detox and Withdrawal

Some drug and alcohol treatment centers have on-site medical detox services, in which you will be medically-monitored while you go through a bodily withdrawal from the drug you are addicted to. Other facilities will recommend detox if needed, to nearby centers and hospitals that have the medical resources to facilitate a managed detox. Note: Not all clients are required to detox under medical supervision, however, in some cases, depending on the level of use and/or specific substance, monitored detox is required to avoid potential fatal consequences. You should consult with rehab staff to determine if medically-supervised detox is right for you, prior to beginning inpatient drug rehab.

Treatment Approach Can Vary Greatly

Depending on what kind of drug rehab you choose for your addiction, you will find that some programs are mostly clinical (individual and group therapy), 12-Step-based (ground in principles of AA’s 12-Step program), or a combination of these two. There are different schools of thought in addiction treatment, and the types of drug and alcohol treatment centers available are evidence to this.

Clinical Therapies

For clinical-based programs at the Granite drug and alcohol rehab center, you will typically find a structured environment individual and group therapy sessions focused on determining the underlying causes and triggers of substance abuse, while also reconciling with the negative effects of use. Through behavioral therapy sessions with psychiatric professionals (as well as through group therapy), patients learn how to process underlying causes differently, and respond soberly to triggers. The most common of psychotherapies used in drug and alcohol treatment centers are:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy
  • Grief and loss therapy
  • Trauma/PTSD therapy

12-Step Programs

12-Step programs can approach addiction in a slightly different way. Using the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, treatment centers structure classes and group therapy (non-clinical) around “working the steps” to understand addiction and resolve the triggers or “compulsion” that drives substance abuse. Patients are asked to really explore who they are, their addiction, why they use, and what has resulted in their lives because of addiction. With this soul-searching and self-awareness, they are able to make amends with addiction as a disease and find a life of purpose without drugs or alcohol.

Integrated 12 Steps and Clinical

As one might guess, drug and alcohol treatment centers that use both approaches together are integrated. The integrated approach is hugely successful for many because it offers the actionable plan of the 12 Steps, but backs it up with some solid psychotherapeutic sessions where patients can explore the root and results of their painful addiction.

It Will Be Hard Work

Beyond the detox and withdrawal period, a stay at a drug and alcohol rehab center will not be a vacation. Sure, it will be supportive and therapeutic, but in therapy and workshops, it’s going to force the patient to explore some potential trauma, baggage, and things they may not be proud of. It will be extremely hard. But if followed and worked at, life-changing.

You’ll Build Lasting Friendships

When people seek recovery, it’s often because they can’t live the way they are living anymore–a life of alienation, shame, and physical sickness. In rehab, you meet so many people with the same disease, a lot of the same stories, the same regrets. You work through your addiction together, and support each other through some of your hardest moments. Often, people come out of treatment with some of the best and lasting friendships they’ve ever had. Centers that use the 12-Step curriculum especially have this kind of alumni community support, and it’s lifelong.

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Center Follow-Up Care

Unfortunately, most patients will not gain lifelong sobriety after residential rehab treatment. A habit, an addiction needs time and nurturing to change. This is why many drug and alcohol treatment centers often recommend follow-up care to avoid the potential for relapse. This can come in the form of the following:

  • Sober Houses
  • Extended Care/Rehab Aftercare
  • Intensive Outpatient Programs

While these are options for someone in early recovery (first three months, typically), they are recommended differently, based on where you go. While most treatment facilities will agree that a patient should admit to follow-up treatment, they often don’t agree to what the process should look like. These are the most popular courses of follow-up care after primary treatment at Granite’s NH drug and alcohol rehab center:

  • Inpatient rehab to sober house
  • Inpatient rehab to IOP
  • Inpatient to extended care to sober house to IOP

Statistics show that the more support, resources, and time patients have to focus on recovery in the first year, the better chances of lasting sobriety.

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