Drug, Alcohol, Detox and Treatment Resources

A short, broad river called the Piscataqua divides coastal New Hampshire and Maine. At the mouth of that river where it meets the Atlantic, you’ll find the picturesque town of Portsmouth on the New Hampshire side. Native Americans settled the area first, and later came colonists who moved in and claimed the area in 1623. The region’s notable place in the nation’s revolutionary and industrial periods is well established. Because Portsmouth is so close to Boston and other New England cities, it’s a destination and second-home location for many urban visitors.

If you love shopping, dining and waterside sightseeing, this is the place for you. Portsmouth offers attractions including museums, gardens and water parks. The Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse is extremely photogenic, as is the entire town with its historic architecture and neighborhoods. The area offers residents many wonderful amenities, and median wages are acceptable for the state.

There may be decent career and recreational opportunities in Portsmouth, but the area also has many people living with a very serious medical issue. These people have resorted to abusing drugs and/or alcohol for a variety of reasons. Some people were prescribed opiate-based pain medication after a surgical procedure or accident. Before long, the dosage didn’t seem strong enough, and these people found themselves misusing their medications. But people who develop substance use disorders are still good people. Many with substance misuse issues are hardworking people who never meant to end up with any sort of drug or alcohol habit. The phenomenon is growing across the country, and there is no social group, neighborhood or “type” of person who’s immune to the negative effects of some substances. If you have a substance use disorder, you don’t have to tackle your problems all on your own. There are centers and organizations that have formed to help people just like you work toward recovery and wholeness.

Our Closest Facility:
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The Recovery Village Cherry Hill at Cooper Drug & Alcohol Rehab
761 Cuthbert Boulevard Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
The Recovery Village – IAFF Center of Excellence does not operate in the state of New Hampshire. Our closest treatment facility can be seen in the map above.

Finding Help & Recovery in Portsmouth, NH

Alcohol & Drug Rehab Centers in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Professional assistance with your recovery is one way to support yourself as you work toward the goal of ending your misuse of drugs or alcohol. Three kinds of treatment plans are usually offered at Portsmouth drug rehab programs or Portsmouth alcohol rehab programs. Your specific recovery plan can be tailored to your history and other health issues.

Residential Treatment Programs

Pack a bag with your essentials and check in for some solid, immersive recovery work. You’re an inpatient guest in a residential program. You’re assigned a bed in the facility, which may have a variety of amenities, including a workout room, art therapy room or pool. Some facilities are simpler and offer basic rooms and meeting rooms for classes and therapy. The recovery program is hard work and is structured to help you participate in all aspects of your treatment plan. You may be administered various therapeutic treatments, including medication to help you manage your mental and physical symptoms during rehab. Your family and friends are sometimes allowed to visit after you’ve been at the facility for a probationary period. Your parents, kids and significant other are often asked to join you for some of your therapy sessions if your health care team believes it’ll be beneficial to your recovery.

Partial Hospitalization Programs

People enroll in a partial hospitalization plan for several reasons. Insurance coverage may not be enough to make residential treatment feasible. Some people want the discipline of the inpatient-style program, but they need to be home at night to help with childcare or other household responsibilities. Some people are too stressed out by staying away from home for long periods. The partial hospitalization plan is a good solution, because you get the intensive recovery program experience you want combined with the ability to return home each evening.

Outpatient Treatment Programs

As an outpatient, you’ll still participate in classes and mandatory drug tests, checkups and therapy. However, you won’t have to spend as many of your waking hours at the center or facility when you’re in an outpatient recovery plan. You can maintain a work or school schedule with some programs. If you’ve recently come out of a more intensive rehab program, experts often suggest that you enroll in a less intensive outpatient plan to help you continue down the path to recovery.

Only you know the best course of action for your recovery program. You know the things you can let go for a while and the things you must continue to manage. However, you may not be aware of the recovery resources available through your workplace, your union or your church at a Portsmouth drug rehab center or a Portsmouth alcohol rehab center.

Portsmouth Drug & Alcohol Detox Centers

Trying to rid your system of substances isn’t easy for many people. You should know that most treatment programs expect detox to be the first step in your recovery plan. You must be physically healthy and free of the addictive substances you were using to make progress in your program. There are Portsmouth drug detox programs and Portsmouth alcohol detox programs. Medication and other therapies are often used to make the more painful aspects of withdrawal easier to bear, and your detox can take place at a center under the supervision of medical professionals.

Recovery Meetings Near You in Portsmouth

Isolation and loneliness aren’t good for anyone. People with substance use disorders especially may need fellowship and social support after completing drug rehab in Portsmouth, New Hampshire or an alcohol rehab in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Recovery organizations provide that safety net during aftercare by offering meetings where you can cry, laugh and be yourself as you work your way to recovery goals. On holidays, you can usually find a meeting to ease your feelings of being left out. When you have a successful week, you can attend a meeting and share your happiness. The moral support and educational resources offered at meetings are a plus for anyone going through recovery. There are groups for the loved ones of people who are in recovery, too.

AA Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Meetings

AA is the originator of 12-step programs, having started in the mid 1930s. In a 12-step program, you give your alcohol misuse issues over to a higher power. You make amends with those you’ve hurt. You take your bad moments one minute at a time, one hour at a time and one day at a time. AA has a variety of meeting types including those with readings, speakers, open discussion and a focus on young people. Meetings are free to attend, and the only joining requirement is a genuine desire to stop drinking alcohol.

Newington Step Study
Fox Run Rd.
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Youth Connection Center
10 Shapleigh Rd.
Kittery, NH 03904

Lion’s Club
Route 1
Kittery, NH 03904

NA Meetings

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Meetings

NA is another 12-step program for recovering people. While AA’s primary focus is drinking, NA focuses on all drugs, including narcotics. Other members may share helpful tips on dealing with cravings, old friends and new stresses. Meeting events and social gatherings can help you feel like you belong again (or for the first time). Anyone who has had a problem with drugs in the past is welcome to join NA.

Safe Harbor Building
865 Islington St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801

St. John’s Episcopal Church
101 Chapel St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801

First United Methodist Church
129 Miller Ave.
Portsmouth, NH 03801

SMART Recovery Meetings

SMART Recovery Meetings

Science is fascinating to many people, and it holds the key to developing techniques and methods to help curb the misuse of drugs and alcohol. If you seek a research-based recovery path, SMART meetings may be the gatherings for you. Members follow a four-point plan of “rational recovery.” The use of medications and other therapies is supported in SMART groups. You can attend these meetings to find help with any addictive or compulsive behaviors you may have, too.

Safe Harbor
875 Islington St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801

4 Broadway
Dover, NH 03820

First Unitarian Church
10 Elm St.
Exeter, NH 03833

Al-Anon and Nar-Anon Meetings

Al-Anon and Nar-Anon Meetings

If you have a loved one or friend with a substance use issue, you want to help them in every way you can. But you need to help yourself more than anyone. There are many issues and stigmas attached to loving someone who misuses alcohol or drugs. Al-Anon and Nar-Anon are two groups devoted to helping people cope with a loved one’s addiction. You’re not to blame, and you deserve a place to find fellowship and vent your frustrations and fears. These recovery organizations conduct meetings where you can find friendship and support.

Community Campus
100 Campus Dr.
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Forest Street Union Church
15 Forest St.
Methuen, NH 01844

It helps to be open to various options when seeking a plan for your recovery. In addition to Portsmouth drug treatment facilities and Portsmouth alcohol treatment facilities, there may be centers and resources available to you in neighboring towns and cities.