Dear Resident:

The Greater Manchester Region is truly a remarkable community. I feel fortunate to be a part of a team of service providers working to make our community a healthier place to live and work.

Substance misuse can impact people of all ages and from all types of backgrounds. If you think someone you love has a problem with substance use, please seek out support; you cannot fix the problem yourself. 

Intervention is critical because substance addiction is a progressive disease that gets worse over time. The earlier you intervene in the process, the better the chance for a successful recovery. Intervention can occur with anyone at any time in their life. Asking for help is a sign of courage and a good first step towards a life free of substance misuse.

If you are worried about your own substance use or the substance use of a loved one, talking with a professional can help. A counselor can assess the situation and make recommendations for treatment and support. Help can be found through your physician, school, Employee Assistance Program, and through community providers listed in the following pages of this guide.

Like many diseases, it can take several attempts at treatment to find the right approach. Don’t lose hope; addiction is a curable disease if the right treatment and recovery supports are put in place.

Fortunately, the region is home to many support services and organizations. This guide identifies and describes organizations in our community that provide services across the lifespan. I hope you will take some time to look through this guide and contact any of the agencies that may be of assistance to you or your loved one.