The "State" of New Hampshire Recovery
Leaders of New Hampshire recovery movement meet with Governor Maggie Hassan, reveal official recovery flag
NH EXECUTIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER - Governor Maggie Hassan emphasized that it is important, for democracy, that a community of people stand up for themselves.
The New Hampshire recovery community plans to do just that.
Leaders from Hope for New Hampshire Recovery, a grassroots organization of people who support addiction recovery, met with Hassan this morning in the Executive Council Chambers to discuss the future of a recovery-oriented New Hampshire.
Marty Boldin, board member of HOPE, cited the well-documented consequences of alcohol and other drug misuse in New Hampshire.
“Each day in our state, young people and adults are dying needlessly to the public health crisis [of alcohol and other drug addiction],” Boldin told Governor Hassan.
Serving as a “Betsy Ross” to the recovery movement, the group revealed an official flag, hoping that everyone affected—directly or indirectly—by addiction can identify with it as a symbol of optimism.
“It is our hope that this flag will act as a symbol to communicate individual and organizational support for recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction,” Boldin explained. “Husbands, wives, sons, daughters, parents, friends, employers, and neighbors bare the weight of untreated addiction every day; and many do so shrouded in the false belief that there is no help, that there is no way out.”
The group sought Governor Hassan’s support and assistance in honoring New Hampshire’s commitment to fund prevention, treatment, and recovery services by following the Alcohol Fund formula in the next biennium budget. Among other things, the group also emphasized the importance of advocacy and attention to the public health crisis.
An estimated 113,000 New Hampshire residents need treatment for substance use disorder.
The excessive cost of alcohol consumption in New Hampshire is upwards of $1.15 billion dollars annually.
“What would New Hampshire look like if there were addiction recovery community centers across the state to support proven pathways to health for people seeking recovery?” Boldin asked.