Diagnosis and treatment of people with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is a top priority for HealthFirst Family Care Center. Located in an underserved region, we employ Behavioral Health Specialists who are educated and skilled in providing care to those who seek recovery.
Addiction is a disease; although, this is not where the process starts. According to the New Hampshire Information and Analysis Center, drug overdoses and fatalities have increased 128% between 2013 and 2015, and are projected to increase further in 2016. While addiction begins as experimentation and recreational use of a controlled substance, the brain begins to change with further and continued use (Institute for Natural Resources, 2016). The brain’s normal structure and function transforms, and rapidly. Eventually, the brain’s chemistry becomes dependent upon the substance it has become used to. Addiction is influenced not only by genetics, but also by environmental and mental health risks (INR, 2016).
While there are numerous programs for treatment of substance abuse disorders, many people remain unaware of them. All over the State of New Hampshire (NH), teams of SUD professionals have been working diligently to provide effective, supportive treatment to those in need. Additionally, health insurance companies and the NH Department of Insurance are working to ensure coverage. After passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) at the federal level in 2010, NH followed suit and passed a parity law mandating that insurance companies provide coverage for people with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders. This opened the door to many more treatment options.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), there are four domains crucial to obtaining recovery and preventing relapse: home; health; community; and, purpose. The environment in which you live and work can be a trigger to substance use and abuse; therefore, creating a beneficial environment for yourself can make a significant difference. Establishing positive relationships with peers and family members is vital, also. If you need peer support, there are several organizations that can help, such as churches and other groups. Self-motivation is perhaps the most important factor in recovery. When a person wants to help themselves, there is a greater likelihood they will succeed in creating a healthier lifestyle.
Help is available for those who seek treatment. If you are ready to make a change, consider calling HealthFirst Franklin (603)934-1464 or HealthFirst Laconia (603)366-1070 to ask for an appointment with one of our Behavioral Health Specialists. Insurance companies and other primary care offices are available to help, as well. A full list of treatment centers can be found on the NH Alcohol and Drug Treatment Locator.