By Charlene Lovett

This September marks the 32nd year that the nation has observed National Recovery Month. It is a time to celebrate the gains made by people in our community who are in recovery. It is an opportunity to promote and support evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the recovery community and the service providers and members of the community who make recovery possible.

Today, there are more than 23 million Americans in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. It is a number that signifies that people of all backgrounds in all types of communities suffer from substance use disorders. More importantly, it is testimony that recovery is achievable. It is why this year’s theme is “Recovery is For Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community.”

Connecting people with the right resources is critical to recovery. In New Hampshire, the state created the New Hampshire Recovery Hub with the goal of providing residents a reliable source of information and resources at any stage of recovery. It is a collaborative project of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services and the Statewide Peer Recovery Services Facilitating Organization at Harbor Homes, Inc.

The Recovery Hub is a centralized online resource that connects residents with local peer recovery support services. The site includes a Meetings and Events calendar that can be sorted by location, date and topic, as well as links to state-funded recovery community organizations. Anyone visiting the Hub can also sign up for New Hampshire’s recovery e-newsletter titled “Recovery-Fix.”

One of the 15 New Hampshire recovery centers listed on the Hub is TLC Recovery Programs, formally known as the Center for Recovery Resources, located at 62 Pleasant St. in Claremont. Its mission is to “strengthen communities by providing peer-based recovery support, education and advocacy for individuals and families affected by addiction.” Services offered at this center include individual recovery planning, support groups, community engagement and family support services.

If you, a family member or friend are seeking recovery, local and state resources are available. To those who are in recovery, we take this time to celebrate with you. To the providers and community members who have assisted those either in or seeking recovery, thank you. Collectively, these efforts are building stronger communities.

For more information on the New Hampshire Recovery Hub, please visit nhrecoveryhub.org.

For more information on TLC Recovery Programs, please visit tlcfamilyrc.org/recovery-programs-overview.html or call (603) 287-7127.

Charlene Lovett is the mayor of Claremont and welcomes your feedback. Please email questions, comments or concerns to her at clovett.ccc@gmail.com

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