Once upon a time…

there was a problem drinker whose employer encouraged him to do something about his problem drinking. Every dayResponsibleCitizen he was late for work and abusive to his family, neglecting all responsibility. One day he decided to look for help to find a solution for his excessive drinking. Because of this he called for a referral to a counselor who is trained in alcohol & drug addiction. Because of that he began counseling, attended a rehab and began working towards recovery until finally he was able to be more attentive to his family, a reliable employee and a responsible citizen.

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For the Substance Use Professional, or the Licensed Mental Health Clinician, continuing education in the substance use arena is essential to serving our NH communities. The professional trainings offered at NHADACA, since 2003, cover these essential components, and are offered at affordable prices making it more viable to achieve license certifications and proper education resulting in more services available to the substance use community. NHADACA strives to offer the best services to NH substance abuse prevention & treatment professionals and behavioral health clinicians, so they can offer their best services to their clients.

Once upon a time…

Cycle-of-Addictionrampant addiction & substance use was destroying individuals, families, and communities. Every day people struggle to access quality treatment counseling services. One day NHADACA established a learning institute to teach about addictive disorders. Because of that thousands of people come to trainings to enhance their skills and grow in their profession. Because of that qualified professionals are able to better serve people with substance use disorders. Until finally individuals, families and communities impacted by substance use disorders are functioning wholly in their communities across New Hampshire.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESFor donors who wish to increase the quality of treatment available to the substance use disorder community, NHADACA is a professional development provider and advocate on policy that provides affordable education to future licensed professionals and existing licensed professionals. An affiliate of NAADAC (www.NAADAC.org),we are the largest membership organization serving the substance use field. For individuals, families and communities, impacted by alcohol and other drug use NHADACA, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is a resource for professional development, public education, leadership and advocacy that seeks to enhance pathways to recovery and advance the availability of treatment.

A touching testimony to recovery counseling…

As a parent of a teenager who struggled significantly with trauma and anxiety disorders prior to her substance use disorder I have seen the impact of this. The road is a complicated one and too often the mental health treatment is inadequately combined with the treatment of the substance use disorder. In my experience my daughters recovery experience was difficult and presented challenges due to PTSD, severe anxiety disorders and a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder. This became even more challenging due to the fact she was pregnant through the majority of her early recovery and medication for those disorders was not an option due to the risks to the baby. She did find she was able to regulate emotions with the motivation of being pregnant and her baby keeping her sober throughout. However, after giving birth she was finding her anxiety unbearable and bringing on severe depression. This would often result in significant cravings for the opiates she had battled with in her addiction. Since she was breast feeding post-partum medication was still not an option she wanted to risk with her newborn.

What has stabilized her cravings, her anxiety and her depression, however, was finding an MLADC who specializes in PTSD and anxiety disorders as well as addiction. My daughter and her therapist have been able to work together on holistic approaches through this therapy that have helped stabilize her anxiety and begin working through her traumas with approaches such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Response (EMDR) for her trauma as well as coaching for anxiety through breathing techniques, mindfulness, and CBT based approaches. With over eight months of recovery prior to starting her counseling and therapy my daughter has found significant relief from her cravings and anxiety which has allowed her to continue maintaining her sobriety and improved her ability to parent and grow. Her activities outside the home have drastically increased, but more importantly she is beginning to fill the holes and the emptiness that she once felt could only be filled by using opiates.


NHADACA’s MISSION

NH Training InstituteThe purposes of NHADACA are to promote and encourage the organization of addiction professionals; to examine, endorse, and encourage competent and comprehensive programs for the education of addiction professionals and those working with people experiencing addiction; to advocate on behalf of alcohol and drug issues that impact those experiencing addiction; to provide education to NHADACA membership on public policy issues; to increase the competence and knowledge of individual members and the general public, to represent the appropriate role of addiction professionals at the local, state and national levels; to engage in such other related activities as may be desirable or required to fulfill the purposes and objectives of NHADACA; and to provide assistance to those NHADACA members who may be experiencing difficulties which interfere with their personal and/or professional well-being.