Like much of the rest of the United States, communities across New Hampshire are dealing with the opioid overdose and addiction crisis. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) says the state is among the top five U.S. states with the highest rate of opioid-related deaths. As the use of these potent drugs changes and ends lives in the New England state, outreach efforts continue to help people and their families face the challenges of addiction. The number of drug overdose deaths in the state peaked in 2017 at 490 deaths, but every year, it steadily has lost 400-plus people to drugs since 2015.
An October 2021 report from the New Hampshire Drug Monitoring Initiative shows that drug overdose took the lives of 201 people in September 2021. Eighty-three cases are pending toxicology reports to confirm if these deaths are drug-related. Residents in the ages 30 to 39 group made up the largest groups of drug overdose deaths. Per the report, 28% of all overdose deaths in New Hampshire came from this group in 2021.
Opioid drugs were prominent among those involved in drug deaths in 2020 and 2021 in New Hampshire. In particular, fentanyl, a synthetic opioid drug that is up to 100 times stronger than morphine, was largely responsible for fatal overdoses, according to data from the state’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner. In 2020, the total number of confirmed drug deaths was 417. Fentanyl or a combination of fentanyl and other drugs (excluding heroin) were collectively responsible for 319 deaths. Three deaths involved a combination of heroin and fentanyl, and 33 deaths were linked to other opiates and opioids. In 2021, 123 deaths were linked to opioid use, with 112 of them related to fentanyl or some combination of fentanyl and other drugs (excluding heroin).
Naloxone Used to New Hampshire’s Drug Overdose Decline
The New Hampshire Drug Monitoring Initiative credits the availability and public use of naloxone (Narcan) for helping reduce the number of overdose deaths since it became available for use in June 2015. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) teams also have increased their use when responding to opioid-related emergencies. In 2020, the percent change of opioid deaths declined by -4%. That year, Strafford County saw the most deaths per capita in New Hampshire. It also had the most opioid-related emergency department visits per capita with 3.21 visits per 10,000 population, according to the New Hampshire Drug Monitoring Initiative report.
Despite the number of drug overdoses involving opioids and other drugs, some people are choosing to get help for their substance abuse and addictions. Opiate and opioid use did prompt people to seek treatment at a substance abuse treatment provider. In New Hampshire, treatment admissions went up 32% from 2019 and 2020, and opioids were among the drugs responsible for the increase. Residents from Hillsborough and Strafford counties had the most people entering treatment for these and other drugs.
Serenity at Summit Drug Rehab in New Hampshire
Leaving an addiction untreated only worsens the outcome for the substance user and possibly their families. Getting help is one of the most important things you can do to save yourself and the ones you care about. If you or someone you know needs opioid detox and treatment in New Hampshire, we’re ready to help you at Serenity at Summit.
Our accredited Haverhill, Mass., facility offers drug rehab and detox programs that are a short drive from our New Hampshire neighbors. Our opioid treatment professionals understand the unique needs of opioid use disorder (OUD) and the approaches needed to help people struggling to end their opioid misuse and abuse. We combine clinical practices and evidence-based approaches that are widely used and effective for people with OUD. No matter where you are in your recovery journey, we are ready to meet you and take care of your needs.
Acute Treatment Services
Chronic opioid misuse and abuse can lead to complications when a person enters withdrawal. Withdrawal occurs when drug use is reduced or stopped. People who are feeling nausea, irritability, insomnia, restlessness, and other uncomfortable symptoms should receive immediate medical attention. We offer acute treatment services (ATS) that treat patients’ pressing needs 24/7.
Our medical support team monitors our patients closely while helping them manage withdrawal symptoms as the substances they’ve been using exit the body. It is critical for recovering opioid users to receive this level of support because, without it, they risk having a relapse that could lead them to a life-threatening overdose. ATS ensures patients get emergency care if they need it and gives them a plan to follow to achieve medical stability. This process can last for a few days to a week or as long as needed, depending on the person’s needs.
If you or a loved one receives ATS from us, we will thoroughly evaluate your physical and mental health and offer a full assessment of what is needed for recovery going forward. We will need to know what substances you have been using and other specifics so we will know how to help. Medication could be a part of your recovery plan as it can ease withdrawal symptoms. You also could be put on a tapering program that gradually cuts back on substances so that your body can adjust to the changes. Once you regain stability, you can receive clinical stabilization services, which you can read more about below.
Clinical Stabilization Services
Serenity at Summit’s clinical stabilization services (CSS) are designed to build on the stability established in acute treatment services. People who have completed that phase of treatment can start CSS. This part of treatment involves a structured, recovery-focused environment that uses therapy, counseling, and other methods to help you learn more about opioid use disorder, how to effectively manage it, and the challenges that come with it. Living with a substance use disorder (SUD) is a lifelong matter for many people, so you will need tools and strategies that help you thrive and move forward daily as you learn to live without substance use.
CSS provides you with mental health professionals and addiction care specialists as you receive any of the following throughout your program:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Group Therapy
- Individual Therapy
- Family Focused Therapy
We are with you every step of the way during these therapies and services. They are designed to help you move forward during this new set of challenges. Understanding the reasons for your substance use and how addictive substances affect the body and mind is important, so we teach patients about addiction and offer a complete picture of what happens when addiction occurs. You also will learn relapse prevention strategies and how to identify and plan for triggers that could derail your progress. You could also use holistic approaches, such as reiki, yoga, and meditation, to aid in your healing.
While your time with Serenity at Summit will come to an end at some point, we will stay connected with you as you make your new start. You are never alone in this fight against addiction and substance abuse, and we make sure of that.
As you rejoin the world as fully sober, you will have us to help guide you through this transition. We will help you find the resources you need to make the changes you need as manageable and attainable as possible. You will also receive support that keeps you on the path to living healthily and achieving your personal goals.
You will gain a recovery community that understands where you’ve been and where you’re going, and you’re never far from the support you need. We will help you find the 12-step program or support group for you, whether it’s a place where you live or online. You can also receive outpatient support and relapse prevention support as well in an aftercare program.
Opioid Rehab & Detox in New Hampshire FAQs
It may be apparent that entering an opioid and drug detox facility in New Hampshire is the next step, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have questions about the process. Having the answers you need can help you decide where to go and how much you accomplish while in treatment. Drug rehab is a time and financial investment, so you deserve to have every question and concern addressed.
Below are a few common questions we get about our facility and opioid drug rehab in general. We also can answer your specific questions as you make your decision. Call us or reach out to us online for further clarification and information.
How Long Is Drug Rehab?
Your time in drug rehab will be unique to you. Factors specific to your situation, such as how long you’ve used opioids, your medical and mental health history, and other factors will play a role in your time in treatment. One key goal with drug rehab is to get the most out of your program. Think about why you’re going to treatment and what you want from your time there. Per the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), you can aim to receive treatment for up to 90 days (three months). Longer treatment programs could increase the chances that a person will remain on the recovery path for a long time.
Does Serenity at Summit Provide Transportation?
You are responsible for covering the costs of your transportation to and from our facility. We may be able to make arrangements to get you to our facility from your dropoff point and back to a station so that you can return home. Call us for more information.
How Much Does Drug Rehab Cost?
Everyone’s drug rehab expenses are different because they are based on the services received and more. Drug treatment can be expensive as some bills run into several thousands of dollars. You can research what your program will require to get an idea of what costs you can expect. You may want to consider things like:
- Where you attend treatment (luxury rehab or standard rehab)
- If you’ll have to travel there (local commutes as well as staying local or traveling away from home)
- The services you’ll need and for how long
- Medications, room and board (if staying on-site at a facility)
- Other incidentals
Do I Have to Travel?
We conduct our acute treatment services and clinical stabilization services at our Massachusetts facility, so you would need to travel here to receive opioid detox and treatment with us. If traveling to us presents challenges, we can seek if services are available closer to your community.
What Insurance Carriers Does Serenity at Summit Take?
We accept insurance from major health insurance carriers, and some are in-network with us, which could reduce your treatment expenses. We can call your insurer to confirm if your benefits would cover acute treatment services or clinical stabilization services, or you can contact them and let us know. While we currently are not accepting Medicaid or Medicare, we can arrange a personal payment plan with you and help you consider other financial sources. Call us today to get started.