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Monadnock Region Strategic Plan for Prevention 2012-2015

Regional Public Health Network http://nhphn.org/

New Hampshire Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bdas/

NH Alcohol and Drug Treatment Locator is up and running http://nhtreatment.org/ 

Do you or someone you know have a substance use issue?  Check out this link for some links that may be able to guide you in the right direction!  http://www.drugfreenh.org/get-help 

You may worry about kids getting caught up with alcohol and other drugs, but you may not be sure what to do about it. You may not realize the risk that alcohol and other drugs pose for today’s youth because a lot has changed in the past twenty years.



It was generally believed that the human brain was developed by the time you were thirteen.i

Scientific evidence shows that the brain is not fully mature until the age of 25. Drinking and drugs can cause far more damage to a teen’s developing brain than previously believed.



Marijuana was far less potent than it is today.



Marijuana is much stronger than it’s ever been and can cause greater physical and mental harm.


No one had heard of OxyContin.ii

Teens are illegally using OxyContin and other highly addictive prescription drugs with increasing and alarming frequency. These drugs can cause serious physical reactions as well as addiction leading to heroin use.




Continuum of Care



Prevention: Delivered prior to the onset of a disorder, these interventions are intended to prevent or reduce the risk of developing a behavioral health problem, such as substance misuse.

Health Promotion (prevention): Designed to create environments and conditions that support  behavioral health and the ability of individuals to withstand challenges and reinforce the entire

Intervention: These services include screening and a focus on increasing insight and awareness regarding substance use and motivation towards behavioral change.

Addiction: A chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.

Treatment : These services are for people diagnosed with a substance use or other behavioral health disorder.

Recovery: These services are for people diagnosed  with a substance use or other behavioral health disorder. A process of change through which an individual achieves abstinence and improved health, wellness and quality of life.


Continuum of Care: A comprehensive approach to behavioral health that reminds us to think more explicitly about the relationship between prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery. Individuals have a full range of stage-appropriate services from which to choose. 


Myth & reality

Think that everyone’s doing drugs and drinking? Or that smoking marijuana’s okay? Or that it’s cool to get drunk on the weekends? Maybe that’s what kids say...but it’s not really true. Get the facts.

Myth: Everyone’s drinking and using drugs.

Reality: Most kids in New Hampshire don’t do drugs, smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol.

Myth: Getting hammered on Saturday is a way to let off steam.

Reality: Binge drinking erases your memory and zaps your ability to learn. And it makes you make really dumb choices, like getting in a car with someone who’s drunk. Alcohol

Myth: Marijuana is harmless.

Reality: Not so. Marijuana causes a lot of the same health problems as cigarettes, and it can have an effect on your grades. Did you know that kids who get good grades are a lot less likely to use marijuana than kids who get bad grades? Marijuana

Myth: Kids who smoke cigarettes are free spirited, and are standing up to authority.

Reality: Kids who buy tobacco are supporting big business. Cigarette advertising aimed at kids really does cause kids to buy cigarettes – and get hooked. That’s a proven fact. Don’t be manipulated by that hype. Tobacco

Myth: A doctor prescribes prescription drugs, so that means they’re safe.

Reality: Abusing any prescription drug can lead to addiction, serious side effects and, in some cases, can lead to accidental death by overdose. Prescription Drugs

Get all the facts about alcohol and drugs. Drug Guide