I. Getting Help

What to Consider When Choosing a Rehab Center

There are many different types of rehab programs and treatment options to consider. Here are a few of the decisions you need to make:

The main factors that determine which rehab options will be best for you are the severity of your addiction and your unique personal and financial situation.

For more information on how to make all of these decisions, read our guide to Choosing the Right Rehab

The Highest Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs in New Hampshire

If the cost of rehab is a barrier for you – as it is for many – and you don’t have insurance, there are still ways for you to receive help. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), there are 72 substance abuse treatment centers in the state of New Hampshire. Of those 72 centers, Phoenix House Dublin Residential Center in Dublin received the highest overall score based on our five core metrics.

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For more information about the five core metrics, head to the full breakdown of our filtering process and ranking methodology

1. Phoenix House Dublin Residential Program

The Phoenix House Dublin Residential Program, located at the base of Mount Monadnock in Dublin, received the maximum points in every category except Cost, earning it the highest overall score of 9.3 points out of 10 possible points and first place in our rankings. The center provides short-term residential substance abuse rehabilitation services, including clinically-managed detoxification services and medication-assisted treatment utilizing buprenorphine and naltrexone. In addition, Phoenix House accepts clients on opioid medication. It also provides a wealth of ancillary services – such as housing and transportation assistance, employment counseling and training, domestic violence services and many more – and special programs designed for unique populations, ranging from transitional age young adults to individuals with co-occurring mental health disorders to clients referred from the court system to patients with HIV/AIDS. The center’s biggest weakness was in the category of Cost due to its limited payment options; however, it does accept Medicaid, federal funding for substance abuse programs, private health insurance, and self-payment, in addition to offering a sliding fee scale based on income and other factors and other forms of payment assistance.

  • Rehabilitation Services Provided: 10
  • Treatment Approaches: 10
  • Cost: 6.66
  • Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 10
  • Ancillary Services: 10

2. Monadnock Family Services

Monadnock Family Services is located in Keene and received an overall score of 7.3 points out of 10 points for its outpatient substance rehabilitation services for adults and adolescents; it does accept patients on opioid medication. The center received a perfect score in the category of Cost as a result of its multitude of payment options, including Medicare, Medicaid and other state-financed health insurance plans, Access to Recovery (ATR) vouchers, federal funding for substance abuse programs, TRICARE, private health insurance, and self-payment, in addition to a sliding fee scale based on income and other factors. Another strength of the facility is its abundance of ancillary services offered to clients which feature, among others, assistance with obtaining social services, acupuncture, individual/group/marital/family counseling, mental health assessments, and aftercare. However, its weakest category was Special Programs for Unique Demographics, as it only caters to individuals with co-occurring mental health disorders. 

  • Rehabilitation Services Provided: 7.5
  • Treatment Approaches: 7.5
  • Cost: 10
  • Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 2
  • Ancillary Services: 9

3. Horizons Counseling Center

Horizons Counseling Center, located in Plymouth, received an overall score of 5.9 out of 10 points for its outpatient substance abuse rehabilitation services offered to adults and adolescents, which includes accepting patients on opioid medication. The center’s biggest strength is its special programs designed for unique populations, such as individuals with co-occurring mental health disorders and clients referred from the court system. Treatment approaches range from trauma-related counseling to motivational interviewing to relapse prevention, among others. The facility’s biggest weakness is its limited selection of ancillary services; however, clients have access to choices such as mental health and domestic violence services, individual/group/marital/family counseling, aftercare, and several more.  

  • Rehabilitation Services Provided: 5
  • Treatment Approaches: 5
  • Cost: 7.77
  • Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 8
  • Ancillary Services: 4
Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Treatment Centers in New Hampshire
RankRehabTotal ScoreContact Information
#1Phoenix House Dublin Residential Program9.33 Pierce Road Dublin, NH 03444 Main Tel: 888-671-9392
#2Monadnock Family Services7.364 Main Street Keene, NH 03431 Main Tel: 603-357-4400
#3Horizons Counseling Center 5.9Whole Village Family Resource Center 258 Highland Street, Suite 13 Plymouth, NH 03264 Main Tel: 603-536-2010
#4Horizons Counseling Center 5.6Village West Building 7 25 Country Club Road, Suite 705 Gilford, NH 03249 Main Tel: 603-524-8005
#5Southeastern New Hampshire Services 4.4272 County Farm Road Dover, NH 03820 Main Tel: 603-516-8160
#6The Youth Council4.0112 West Pearl Street Nashua, NH 03060 Main Tel: 603-889-1090

Finding a Substance Abuse Treatment Center in New Hampshire

Start by contacting your referral center

In New Hampshire, the first step is to contact the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services (BDAS) to begin the process of obtaining clinical substance abuse screening, evaluation, and treatment in your area. For information on available services and to locate a treatment program, visit the BDAS section of the DHHS website.

The purpose of a referral center is to determine what type of help each individual needs, as well as the resources available for each individual. The referral center is also the first point of contact for anyone who may need assistance paying for treatment. To learn if you qualify for low-income Medicaid services, and to determine eligibility, visit the New Hampshire Medicaid Program contact page.

Use our database to find a treatment center near you

The tool below lists all of the treatment centers in the state of New Hampshire recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Input your zip code and select the filter icon to find relevant treatment centers near you.

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Type Of Care
Treatment Apporaches
Service Setting
Age Groups Accepted
Ancillary Services
Facility Operation
Facility Smoking Policy
Gender Accepted
Language Services
License Certification Accreditation
Payment Assistance Available
Payment Methods and Insurance Accepted
Special Programs Groups Offered

    What to Expect in Rehab

    Many different methods are available for treating addiction, and the science of studying addiction is constantly improving and changing. However, the core pieces of rehabilitation are generally very similar.

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    For more on what to expect in rehab, read our guide on the addiction rehabilitation process.

    II. Substance Abuse and Rehab for At-Risk Groups

    Substance Abuse Treatment for Veterans

    Substance use disorder and PTSD go hand-in-hand for many veterans

    Veterans face unique challenges that can place them at higher risk for a substance use disorder (SUD) than the general population. The primary factor leading to this increased risk is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), while other situations, such as unemployment, homelessness and chronic pain, can also be contributing factors. Furthermore, individuals – including veterans – with a substance use disorder are more likely to develop PTSD, so the problem is cyclical in nature.

    1 in 3

    veterans seeking treatment for a SUD also has PTSD

    1 in 4

    veterans with PTSD also has a SUD

    According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD, as of early 2019, nearly one of every three veterans who seeks treatment for a substance use disorder also has a PTSD diagnosis. Similarly, over one in four veterans who has received a diagnosis of PTSD is also struggling with a substance use disorder. Furthermore, for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, one in 10 of those individuals who visits a VA health care facility has a substance use disorder.

    However, there is hope for veterans suffering from a substance use disorder, as they have access to additional resources for treatment for a SUD or co-occurring SUD and PTSD, and VA benefits often cover the cost of this treatment. To find help with substance abuse treatment from the VA healthcare system, follow these steps:

    Enroll: If you aren’t already enrolled, you can check if you are eligible for VA health benefits and then complete the application. You can also research the Department of Veterans Affairs Alcohol and Drug Dependence Rehabilitation Program. This program is available in VA medical centers and outpatient clinics around the United States and provides a variety of treatment options, such as rehabilitation, detoxification, and psychiatric services, for veterans addicted to drugs and alcohol. Keep in mind that you must already be enrolled in the VA healthcare system to be considered for the program.

    Discover: Find out whether your local VA medical center provides substance use disorder (SUD) treatment by calling or visiting the center. If you don’t know where the closest VA medical center is located, call the VA hotline at 800-827-1000 to find out or click here for a comprehensive search of VA locations around the United States.

    Find Treatment: Veterans in New Hampshire can reach out to their local VA medical center to search for information on substance abuse treatment, including the possibility of a VA-based substance use disorder (SUD) program, in their state. Additionally, they can locate information regarding substance abuse treatment services at NHCarePath and the Division of Community-Based Military Programs section of the DHHS website. 

    Treatment is available for veterans in New Hampshire who are suffering from a substance use disorder. As of 2017, nine substance abuse treatment facilities in New Hampshire – representing 13.4% of all treatment facilities – catered specifically to veterans. 

    For more information, read our guide on Substance Abuse Rehab for Veterans.

    Substance Abuse Treatment for Adolescents

    Adolescents in New Hampshire use marijuana and alcohol at rates higher than the national average

    9%

    of adolescents aged 12-17 used marijuana, 2014-2017

    11.5%

    of adolescents aged 12-17 drank alcohol, 2014-2017

    Between 2014 and 2017, 9% of adolescents aged 12-17 in New Hampshire reported engaging in marijuana use in the past month, significantly above the national average of 6.8%. In terms of alcohol use, 11.5% of adolescents aged 12-17 in New Hampshire had taken part in the behavior in the past month, again above the national average of 10.1%. Additionally, 1.1% of individuals admitted to a substance abuse treatment program in New Hampshire in 2017 were aged 12-17. To address the challenges that youth face in overcoming substance addiction, some treatment centers provide adolescent-specific treatment programs.

    Additional Resources for Parents and Teachers

    The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services (BDAS) Prevention Services Unit has 13 agencies located across the state. Each agency offers resources to empower youth, adults, and families in a particular region to prevent substance abuse and addiction. To find your local Prevention Services Unit contact information and to access educational materials, visit the BDAS Prevention Services page.

    Co-Occurring Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment

    Substance abuse and mental health issues tend to go hand-in-hand – the technical term is “co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.” The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that, in 2017, 45.6% of adults with a substance use disorder also had a mental health disorder, and 18.3% of adults with a mental health disorder also had a substance use disorder. For adolescents in 2017, 35.9% of those with a substance use disorder also had a major depressive episode, while 10.7% of adolescents with a major depressive episode also had a substance use disorder.

    Mental Health Resources & Treatment

    If you or someone you love is suffering from mental health issues, such as depression, PTSD, eating disorders, or severe anxiety, there are many resources from which to receive help.

    Below are a few ways to receive immediate assistance, as advised by MentalHealth.gov:

    Emergency Services: If your life (or someone else’s life) is in danger, always start by dialing 911 to gain immediate access to emergency services.

    Suicide Prevention: The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is: 800-273-8255. You can also initiate a private live online chat.

    Veterans Crisis Line: Dial the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 and press “1” to talk to someone immediately. You can also access help with a private online chat or text 838255.

    Here are two ways to find a provider of mental health treatment in New Hampshire:

    New Hampshire DHHS Bureau of Behavioral Health (BBH): The BBH website has a section that is devoted to providing the public with information on how to access mental health resources and treatment.

    New Hampshire National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): The New Hampshire branch of NAMI provides information on mental health resources across the state and offers specific sections for adolescents and veterans.

    Individuals who have both substance use and mental health disorders may benefit from dual-diagnosis rehab facilities. Use the appropriate filter in our tool above to find rehabilitation centers with treatment programs designed to meet the unique challenges posed by co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.

    III. Finding Aftercare in New Hampshire

    Substance abuse aftercare treatment is often overlooked, but it’s one of the most crucial steps in the rehabilitation process. The chances of relapsing after rehab dramatically rise for individuals who try to resume their lives without pursuing further treatment in an aftercare setting. Several different types of aftercare are available for recovering addicts, including follow-up visits for continued therapy, group therapy, and sober living homes. Research shows that long-term participation in aftercare activities dramatically improves the outcome of rehabilitation efforts.

    12-Step Addiction Meetings in New Hampshire

    Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) designed the 12-step process for individuals recovering from alcohol addiction, and today there are many other 12-step programs for other addictions and issues – Narcotics Anonymous (NA) being just one example.

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    Contact the appropriate local organization to find an AA or NA meeting near you

    The tool below lists the contact information for local organizations that will connect you to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings near you. Since meeting times and locations change periodically, contact the local groups that coordinate the meetings to ensure that the information is up to date.

    NameCityProgramTelephoneSpanish Hotline
    Granite State Area NAGranite State Area (Statewide - NH)NA(888) 624-3578N/A
    Green Mountain Area NAGreen Mountain Area (Upper Valley in NH)NA(802) 773-5575N/A
    New Hampshire Area Service OfficeHooksettAA(800) 593-3330;(603) 622-6967N/A
    Seacoast Area NASeacoast AreaNA(888) 624-3578N/A

    Sober Living Homes

    Sober living homes (also referred to as recovery residences) are group homes that help recovering addicts transition from treatment facilities to living independently while maintaining their sobriety. These homes can be especially beneficial for individuals who don’t have a supportive and positive environment in which to live after leaving a rehabilitation facility.

    Residents of sober living homes can stay from a few months to several years, as long as they follow house rules and avoid relapse, as these homes typically have a zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy. Additionally, residents are expected to complete chores, attend mutual support groups, and pay an equal share of the cost of renting the home.

    Some sober living homes are listed in our database, and you can find them by using the appropriate filter in our tool above. You can also check out our guide on sober living homes to learn more about them and to find a certified recovery residence near you.

    IV. Substance Abuse in New Hampshire

    Overview

    The following table illustrates the annual estimates of substance abuse among residents of New Hampshire between 2016 and 2017, in addition to the percentage of the New Hampshire population and the U.S. population that those estimates represent.

    Annual Estimates for Substance Abuse in New Hampshire, 2016-2017
    Ages: 12-17Ages: 18+Total Ages% of New Hampshire Population% of National Population
    Alcohol2,00069,00071,0005.23%0.02%
    Cocaine1,00025,00026,0001.92%0.01%
    Heroin08,0008,0000.59%<0.01%
    Marijuana15,000201,000216,00015.92%0.07%
    Methamphetamine07,0007,0000.52%<0.01%
    Prescription Opioid08,0008,0000.59%<0.01%

    Source: 2016-2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health State-Specific Tables, Table 81

    * ‘Alcohol’ refers to an Alcohol Use Disorder. The numbers reflected in the table above are not the number of individuals who use alcohol, but rather those who have an AUD, defined as meeting the criteria for alcohol dependence.

    * ‘Prescription opioid’ refers to a Pain Reliever Use Disorder. The numbers reflected in the table above are not the number of individuals who use or even occasionally misuse a prescription opioid, but rather those who have a PRUD, defined as meeting the criteria for illicit drug dependence.

    18.61%

    of New Hampshire deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    12.71%

    of U.S. deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    The following table shows the number of deaths involving drugs and alcohol in New Hampshire between 2008 and 2017. The corresponding graph illustrates the percentage of deaths due to drugs and alcohol in New Hampshire compared to the national average.

    Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in New Hampshire, 2008-2017
    0-1718+All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths1322,37022,383
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths02,9372,937
    Total Deaths949135,078136,027
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths1.37%18.74%18.61%

    Source: CDC Wonder

    The following table details the number of admissions to state-funded treatment programs in New Hampshire in 2017, based on the primary substance for which the individual was seeking treatment.

    Admissions to State-Funded Treatment Programs in New Hampshire by Primary Substance, 2017
    Total Treatment Admissions% of All Treatment Admissions in New Hampshire% of All Treatment Admissions in the U.S.
    All Substances5,364100%0.28%
    Alcohol (Including Alcohol Usage with Secondary Drug)1,37625.7%0.07%
    Amphetamines (Including Methamphetamines)3005.6%0.02%
    Cocaine (Including Smoked and Other Usage)3626.7%0.02%
    Hallucinogens40.1%<0.01%
    Heroin2,65549.5%0.14%
    Inhalants20.0%<0.01%
    Marijuana1983.7%0.01%
    Other Opiates (Including Prescription Opioids)3997.4%0.02%
    Other Stimulants90.2%<0.01%
    Other/Unknown Substances200.4%<0.01%
    PCP00.0%<0.01%
    Sedatives50.1%<0.01%
    Tranquilizers340.6%<0.01%

    Key Indicators of Substance Abuse Issues

    When trying to understand substance abuse issues in a specific area, researchers and policymakers examine “key indicators.” Combined with usage statistics, key indicators can provide a deep level of insight into which substances present the most serious concerns and which demographics can be most impacted by substance abuse. Key indicators of substance abuse issues within the state of New Hampshire, along with recent, credible statistics, are examined below.

    Over 200,000 residents of New Hampshire suffer from mental illness every year

    As discussed earlier in this guide, there is a strong link between substance use disorders and mental health disorders. When an individual is afflicted with both of these issues at the same time, health professionals refer to it as co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders or a “dual diagnosis.” Consequently, the prevalence of mental health issues in a given state can also help us to understand the level of substance abuse.

     

    6%

    of New Hampshire adults had a serious mental illness

    13.1%

    of New Hampshire adolescents had a major depressive episode

    Between 2013 and 2017, 6% of New Hampshire adults were afflicted with a serious mental illness, compared to 4.2% nationally. Among New Hampshire adolescents, 13.1% of individuals aged 12-17 suffered a major depressive episode in the past year, compared to a national average of 12.1%

    The table below sheds some light on the prevalence of mental health issues in New Hampshire.

    Mental Health Issues in New Hampshire by Age and Percentage of Population, 2016-2017
    Ages: 12-17% of New Hampshire PopulationAges: 18+% of New Hampshire Population
    Major Depressive Episode13,0000.96%88,0006.49%
    Any Mental IllnessNo DataNo Data203,00014.97%
    Serious Mental IllnessNo DataNo Data56,0004.13%
    Serious Thoughts of SuicideNo DataNo Data52,0003.83%

    Suicide rates in New Hampshire are notably higher than the national average

    The Centers for Disease Control reports that suicide is the leading cause of death in the United States. The suicide rate has risen in nearly every state from 1999 to 2016, with that rate increasing by more than 30% in half of all 50 states since 1999. Suicide is an act that is often linked to substance abuse. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, substance abuse is a primary risk factor for both adults and adolescents who attempt and/or complete suicide, and this is particularly true for at-risk populations.

     

    Furthermore, the relationship between substance abuse and suicide is multi-faceted and complex. Persons who have substance abuse issues typically also carry other risk factors for suicide, including depression, impulsive behavior, and other struggles with relationships, finances, illness, or unemployment that make them more likely to engage in self-harm. Between 1999 and 2016, New Hampshire witnessed a significant 48.3% increase in the number of suicides. In 2017, New Hampshire ranked 16th in the country for the number of suicides per 100,000 residents.

    Suicides and Suicide Rates in New Hampshire and the United States, 2017
    Suicides in New HampshireSuicide Rate Per 100,00Suicides in the U.S.Suicide Rate Per 100,000
    Ages 10-14No DataNo Data5172.5
    Ages 15-244223.96,25214.5
    Ages 25-448025.415,28317.8
    Ages 45-6410024.716,54319.6
    Ages 65-742517.64,62015.6
    Ages 75+1819.23,94818.6
    All Ages26519.747,16314.5

    The opioid prescribing rate in New Hampshire is lower than the U.S rate

    Prescription drug abuse – particularly in the form of opioids – has become an epidemic in the United States. While it is difficult to estimate how many individuals use these drugs as prescribed and how many abuse them, the Centers for Disease Control has researched the variation in opioid prescriptions between states, establishing a direct connection between an increased level of opioid prescriptions with a greater potential for dependence and abuse. Across the United States in 2017, 191 million prescriptions for opioids were written by physicians, ultimately leading one in four patients who begins long-term opioid therapy to an addiction.

    52.8

    opioid prescriptions per 100 New Hampshire residents, 2017

    58.7

    opioid prescriptions per 100 U.S. residents, 2017

    After peaking in 2012, the U.S. opioid prescribing rate has been on a steady decline for the last several years due to the explosion of the opioid epidemic and the recognition of the role that excessive opioid prescriptions have played in this epidemic. Between 2013 and 2017, the opioid prescribing rate in the United States dropped from 78.1 prescriptions per 100 residents to 58.7 prescriptions per 100 residents, a decrease of 24.84%. The opioid prescribing rate in New Hampshire steadily declined and then fell below the U.S. prescribing rate during that same time period, from 82 prescriptions per 100 residents in 2013 to 52.8 prescriptions per 100 residents in 2017, revealing a far greater decline of 35.61%.

    New Hampshire and U.S. Opioid Prescribing Rates, 2013-2017

    The rate of homelessness in New Hampshire is over half the national average

    A high rate of homelessness in an area indicates a greater potential for substance abuse issues. Homelessness has been shown to be linked to substance abuse as both a cause and a result; some individuals become homeless due to a substance use disorder, while other individuals who are already homeless frequently turn to substance use to dull the pain and desperation of their situation.

    The 2018 Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Point-in-Time Count reported approximately 552,830 homeless individuals in the United States, the equivalent of 17 of every 10,000 U.S. residents. This number represents a decrease of 4.1% since 2014 when the number of homeless persons in the U.S. was around 576,450. Furthermore, homelessness across the United States has decreased by 15% since 2007, the year that HUD began collecting data on the homeless population.

    11

    of every 10,000 New Hampshire residents were homeless, 2018

    17

    of every 10,000 U.S. residents were homeless, 2018

    By comparison, New Hampshire had approximately 1,450 homeless persons in 2018, equating to 11 of every 10,000 New Hampshire residents and just slightly over half the national average. This number reveals a 5.38% increase since 2014 when 1,376 homeless persons lived in New Hampshire.

    V. Regional Substance Abuse Statistics & Rehabs

    The following sections provide a deeper look at the substance abuse problem in New Hampshire by examining the drug- and alcohol-related death rates in the four most populous cities.

    Manchester-Nashua

    Drug- and alcohol-induced deaths are slightly higher in Manchester-Nashua than the rate across New Hampshire

    19.34%

    of Manchester-Nashua deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    18.61%

    of New Hampshire deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    Hillsborough County, in which Manchester and Nashua are located, reported 7,376 deaths from drugs and alcohol between 2008 and 2017. This number represented 19.34% of the total number of deaths among all ages in the county and was slightly higher than the state average of 18.61% during the same time frame. Of the four most populous cities in New Hampshire, Manchester-Nashua had the third-highest death rate.

    Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Hillsborough County, 2008-2017
    0-1718+All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths56,4256,430
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths0946946
    Total Deaths31037,82838,138
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths1.61%19.49%19.34%

    Concord

    Concord’s rate of drug- and alcohol-induced deaths is slightly higher than the state average

    19.5%

    of Concord deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    18.61%

    of New Hampshire deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    The number of deaths resulting from drugs and alcohol for Merrimack County, in which Concord is located, was 3,096 between 2008 and 2017. The death toll represented 19.5% of deaths among all ages in the county and is almost one percentage point higher than the state rate of 18.61% in the same timeframe. Among the four most populous cities in New Hampshire, Concord had the second-highest death rate.

    Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Merrimack County, 2008-2017
    0-1718+All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths32,7692,772
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths0324324
    Total Deaths11015,76615,876
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths2.73%19.62%19.5%

    Source: CDC Wonder

    Derry-Salem

    The death rate due to drugs and alcohol in Derry-Salem is lower than the average rate across New Hampshire

    17.06%

    of Derry-Salem deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    18.61%

    of New Hampshire deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    Rockingham County, in which both Derry and Salem are located, experienced 4,624 deaths due to drugs and alcohol between 2008 and 2017, representing 17.06% of all deaths in the county. This percentage was over a full one-and-a-half percentage point lower than the average of 18.61% across all of New Hampshire in the same time period. Of the four most populous cities in New Hampshire, Derry-Salem ranked last for these types of deaths.

    Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Rockingham County, 2008-2017
    0-1718+All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths24,0784,080
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths0544544
    Total Deaths19426,90627,100
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths1.03%17.18%17.06%

    Source: CDC Wonder

    Dover-Rochester

    The rate of drug- and alcohol-induced deaths in Dover-Rochester exceeds the state average

    19.64%

    of Dover-Rochester deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    18.61%

    of New Hampshire deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    Strafford County, home to the cities of Dover and Rochester, reported 2,422 deaths caused by drugs and alcohol between 2008 and 2017. Although the raw number of deaths is the lowest among the four most populous cities in New Hampshire, it equates to 19.64% of the total number of deaths among all ages in the county. This percentage exceeds the state average of 18.61% by over a full percentage point, and, consequently, gives Dover-Rochester the highest rate of drug- and alcohol-induced deaths among the four most populous cities in New Hampshire.

    Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Strafford County, 2008-2017
    0-1718+All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths12,1642,165
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths0257257
    Total Deaths9712,23712,334
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths1.03%19.78%19.64%

    Source: CDC Wonder

    VI. Take Action

    Substance abuse treatment is available in New Hampshire for anyone who needs help beating an addiction – you don’t have to struggle alone. To receive assistance, start by determining your insurance coverage and by contacting your referral center. You can also use our tool earlier in this guide to locate a treatment center near you. Remember, many low-cost rehabilitation centers can help if you don’t have insurance coverage or feel like you are unable to afford treatment.