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In New Hampshire and across the United States, an estimated 12.8 million Americans, about 6 percent of the household population aged twelve and older use illegal street drugs on a regular basis (within the past thirty days). You may be surprised to read that this number of "past-month" drug users has declined by almost 50% from the 1979 high of 25 million illegal street drug users. This decrease represents an extraordinary change in behavior.

Despite the dramatic drop, more than a third of all Americans twelve and older have tried illegal street drugs. Ninety percent of those who have used illegal drugs used marijuana or hashish. Approximately a third used cocaine or took a prescription type drug for nonmedical reasons. About a fifth used LSD. Fortunately, nearly sixty million Americans who used illicit street drugs during their youth stop using drugs once they enter into adulthood.

Many people in New Hampshire believe that illegal street drugs and the various troubles they cause are not their problem. They have misconceptions that drug users belong to a segment of society different from their own or that drug abuse is remote from their environment. They are wrong. Almost three quarters of drug users are employed and approximately forty-five percent of Americans know someone with a substance abuse problem.

While illegal street drugs and their consequences threaten New Hampshire families of every socio-economic background, geographic region, educational level, and ethnic and racial identity, the effects of drug use are often felt disproportionally. For example, many less fortunate neighborhoods are plagued by crime and violence because of the illegal street drugs sold in their black markets. People living in New Hampshire who lack comprehensive health plans and have smaller incomes may be less able to afford Drug Rehabilitation Programs to overcome drug dependence. What everyone living in New Hampshire must understand is that nobody is immune to the consequences of drug use. Every family is vulnerable.

Across New Hampshire, illegal street drugs are a serious problem. Included in this problem are stimulants, depressants and prescription drugs that are taken and sold illegally. The specific effects vary depending on the drug. Most drugs have an addictive effect after only a few uses. Even marijuana can become emotionally addicting. For many taking illegal street drugs, it can interfere with their relationships, health, academics, career, etc.

It is often hard to tell if someone you care about is taking part in illegal street drug abuse. Each drug has its own signs of use and abuse. Drugs can numb the user's memory, impair their judgment, and make it impossible for the user to feel good or function without them. Even drugs like marijuana and cocaine which are not physically addictive (meaning that the user's body needs the drug in order to function), can make the user emotionally dependent. Once a person become used to the "feelings" they get from marijuana, cocaine or other illegal street drugs, they will find it harder and harder to cope with normal everyday ups and downs.

Today, there are a variety of Drug Rehab Centers for illegal street drugs available in New Hampshire. The differences between the Drug Treatment Centers can sometimes be great, though they are all attempting to achieve the same outcome. The goal of any Drug Rehabilitation Center is to help the individual achieve a drug free life and return them to being a productive member of society.

How does one know which Drug Treatment Program option is right for them? This is one of the questions that lays hard on the heart of a person searching for the right New Hampshire Drug Rehab Program for illegal street drugs. The ultimate objective of drug addiction treatment is to enable an individual to achieve lasting abstinence, but the immediate objectives are to reduce illegal street drug abuse, improve the recovering addict's ability to function, and minimize the medical and social complications of drug abuse and addiction.

While learning how to live life without illegal street drugs is an important step in the recovery process, it is only the beginning. Once sober, the brain needs time to recover and rebuild connections that have changed while addicted. During this period, depression and cravings to use can be intense and are often very hard to fight. Without support, relapse is very likely. Attending a quality Drug Treatment Facility in New Hampshire will help the recovering person develop new coping skills to deal with stressful situations and other common triggers for relapse. Without these skills, stressful situations frequently result in relapse.

Most people attempt to do their best and make the most of the experience when they are in a Drug Treatment Facility. Relapse commonly occurs when a person leaves a Drug Rehabilitation Facility without aspects of their life or other problems being fully handled. It is critical to find a Drug Rehab that addresses all aspects of addiction from detox to learning life skills.

When considering a Drug Rehabilitation Program in New Hampshire, remember that everyone's needs are different. In general, the longer and more intense the illegal street drug use, the longer and more intense the treatment one may need. Regardless of a program's length in weeks or months, follow-through and long-term follow-up care are crucial to recovery. A quality Drug Rehab Facility should address the fact that substance abuse often masks emotional pain and it needs to be addressed as treatment progresses.

An overview of the different types of Drug Treatment Programs for illegal street drugs in New Hampshire:

  • New Hampshire Counseling (Individual, Group, Couple, or Family Therapy) for Illegal Street Drugs: This form of recovery works best in conjunction with other types of Drug Rehabs or as follow up support. Looking at one's issues from a different perspective can help to identify the root cause of their drug usage and can be beneficial in helping them learn how to make more constructive choices in their life.
  • New Hampshire Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for Illegal Street Drugs: While in this form of drug addiction recovery, addicts usually meet 3 days a week and 2-4 hours per day. These relapse prevention Drug Rehabilitation Facilities are often scheduled around work or school.
  • New Hampshire Medical Detoxification for Illegal Street Drugs: Often, this is the first step of the recovery process before being admitted into a Drug Rehabilitation Facility for illegal street drugs in New Hampshire. Admission to this level of treatment requires an assessment. Sometimes medical detox is started from a trip to the emergency room due to overdose or drug related issues.
  • New Hampshire Narcotics Anonymous for Illegal Street Drugs: Narcotics Anonymous meetings, often referred to as NA, are informal meetings held in your local area. NA has branches all over the country and in almost every city nationwide. These meeting are based on the twelve steps of recovery and many addicts and alcoholics have found free and effective help at these meetings. However, NA programs are not "treatment." The meetings are not supported and held by medical professionals.
  • New Hampshire Partial hospitalization for Illegal Street Drugs: This type of treatment is considered relapse prevention and usually consists of meetings 3-5 days a week, 4-6 hours per day. This type of treatment is for people who require medical monitoring on an outpatient basis.
  • New Hampshire Residential Rehab for Illegal Street Drugs: Residential treatment is when the recovering addict lives at the Drug Rehabilitation Program while undergoing intensive treatment during the day. Residential treatment normally varies from 30-90 days.
  • New Hampshire Sober Living for Illegal Street Drugs: Sober living homes are comprised of recovering addicts who support each other and provide an alcohol and drug free environment. This type of illegal street drug rehab is normally used after more intensive rehabilitation such as residential treatment. Sober living facilities are useful if returning home too soon is a strong trigger for relapse or the recovering addict has no home.
The following 20 listings can be found in New Hampshire:
  • Serenity Place
    Serenity Place is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 101 Manchester Street Manchester, NH. 3101.
    Serenity Place can be contacted by calling 603-625-6980.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Sober Living Services, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse, Services for Teens and Adolescents, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Pregnant or expecting mothers, Females, Males, DUI Clients, Court Appointed Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking
  • Manchester Comprehensive Trt Center
    Manchester Comprehensive Trt Center is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 20 Market Street Manchester, NH. 3101.
    Manchester Comprehensive Trt Center can be contacted by calling 844-878-7394.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Drug Detox Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Pregnant or expecting mothers, Females, Males, DUI Clients, Spanish Speaking
  • Commons at WestBridge
    Commons at WestBridge is a Drug Treatment Center that is located at - - - Manchester, NH. 3104.
    Commons at WestBridge can be contacted by calling 603-634-4446.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse, Males
  • Concord Hospital
    Concord Hospital is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 250 Pleasant Street Concord, NH. 3301.
    Concord Hospital can be contacted by calling 603-227-7000 x4500.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Inpatient Hospital Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Portsmouth Regional Hospital
    Portsmouth Regional Hospital is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 333 Borthwick Avenue Portsmouth, NH. 3801.
    Portsmouth Regional Hospital can be contacted by calling 603-433-0600 x4980.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Inpatient Hospital Services, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • West Lebanon Comprehensive Trt Center
    West Lebanon Comprehensive Trt Center is a Drug Rehabilitation Center that is located at 254 Plainfield Road West Lebanon, NH. 3784.
    West Lebanon Comprehensive Trt Center can be contacted by calling 888-997-5494.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Drug Detox Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Pregnant or expecting mothers, Females, Males
  • Seacoast Mental Health Center Inc
    Seacoast Mental Health Center Inc is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 1145 Sagamore Avenue Portsmouth, NH. 3801.
    Seacoast Mental Health Center Inc can be contacted by calling 603-431-6703.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Court Appointed Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking
  • Manchester Metro Treatment Center
    Manchester Metro Treatment Center is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 228 Maple Street Manchester, NH. 3103.
    Manchester Metro Treatment Center can be contacted by calling 603-622-5005.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Drug Detox Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Pregnant or expecting mothers, Females, Males, Spanish Speaking
  • Seacoast Mental Health Center
    Seacoast Mental Health Center is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 463 Breakfast Hill Road Greenland, NH. 3840.
    Seacoast Mental Health Center can be contacted by calling 603-431-2250.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • NH Div Alcohol/Drug Abuse Prev and
    NH Div Alcohol/Drug Abuse Prev and is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 15 Brook Street Manchester, NH. 3104.
    NH Div Alcohol/Drug Abuse Prev and can be contacted by calling 603-836-5145.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Sober Living Services, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Males, Court Appointed Services
  • Elliot Hospital
    Elliot Hospital is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 1 Elliot Way Manchester, NH. 3103.
    Elliot Hospital can be contacted by calling 603-669-5300.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Inpatient Hospital Services, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking
  • Harbor Homes Inc
    Harbor Homes Inc is a Drug Rehabilitation Center that is located at 3 Winter Street Nashua, NH. 3064.
    Harbor Homes Inc can be contacted by calling 603-595-8601.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services
  • Dartmouth Hitchcock Psychiatric Assoc
    Dartmouth Hitchcock Psychiatric Assoc is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 85 Mechanic Street Lebanon, NH. 3766.
    Dartmouth Hitchcock Psychiatric Assoc can be contacted by calling 603-653-1860.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Health Services, Drug Detox, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Pregnant or expecting mothers, Females, Males, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Southeastern New Hampshire Services
    Southeastern New Hampshire Services is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 272 County Farm Road Dover, NH. 3820.
    Southeastern New Hampshire Services can be contacted by calling 603-516-8160.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Females, Males, DUI Clients
  • Greater Nashua Mental Health Center
    Greater Nashua Mental Health Center is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 15 Prospect Street Nashua, NH. 3060.
    Greater Nashua Mental Health Center can be contacted by calling 603-889-6147.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Court Appointed Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Center for Life Management (CLM)
    Center for Life Management (CLM) is a Drug Treatment Center that is located at 10 Tsienneto Road Derry, NH. 3038.
    Center for Life Management (CLM) can be contacted by calling 603-434-1577.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking
  • Merrimack River Medical Services
    Merrimack River Medical Services is a Drug Treatment Facility that is located at 200 Route 108 Somersworth, NH. 3878.
    Merrimack River Medical Services can be contacted by calling 603-953-0077.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Drug Detox Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Pregnant or expecting mothers, Females, Males
  • ROAD to a Better Life
    ROAD to a Better Life is a Drug Treatment Center that is located at 678 Meadow Street Littleton, NH. 3561.
    ROAD to a Better Life can be contacted by calling 603-692-1859.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Genesis Behavioral Health
    Genesis Behavioral Health is a Drug Treatment Facility that is located at 599 Tenney Mountain Highway Plymouth, NH. 3264.
    Genesis Behavioral Health can be contacted by calling 603-524-1100.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Franklin Regional Hospital
    Franklin Regional Hospital is a Drug Treatment Center that is located at 15 Aiken Avenue Franklin, NH. 3235.
    Franklin Regional Hospital can be contacted by calling 603-934-2060.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Inpatient Hospital Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired