Dear Resident:

Substance misuse widely impacts communities and ours is no exception.

Treatment is built on ensuring a seamless continuum of care to all points of support for a person suffering from a substance use disorder. This includes a range of services starting with screening and intervention, continuing to an appropriate treatment option, and finally ensuring long-term support within the larger recovery system. Treatment is critical as it provides key tools for an individual and family to utilize when their recovery is at risk. It provides the safe place to freely assess their disease and imparts evidence-based skills needed to manage their addiction on a day-to-day basis. As with all diseases, knowledge is power, and treatment brings knowledge of addiction, insight into individual experiences and a support system to  nurture oneself through that process.

It is important to note that treatment is best viewed not as a one-time strategy to eliminate the adverse effects of a disease. Instead, it is best viewed as a continuum of services, ranging in type and intensity, over a long period of time, perhaps even a lifetime. Effective treatment means having multiple tools and supports in one’s recovery toolbox to be able to utilize when one’s recovery is at risk. Like treatment for many diseases, treatment for substance misuse is not a one-time solution. Instead, treatment for substance misuse is a multi-faceted and long-term strategy to be used when recovery is challenged to ensure that the individual has supports to lean on and skills to utilize for managing recovery. While an individual may continually struggle with their disease, it is the skills, strategies and recovery support system that they have gained during treatment that will help to ensure long term recovery.

So how does one access an assessment or treatment? One can always start by reaching out to your primary care provider. Clearly this resource guide can provide many paths to treatment, and residents can utilize the website and the 24-hour addiction crisis line at 1-844-711-HELP or All of these resources will support any community member to access treatment for yourself or a loved one.

Together we can help the Greater Manchester Region live up to its full potential and create a place where all of
our citizens can live happy, healthy and successful lives.