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Granite Recovery Center moving to Salem

By Melissa Proulx
Union Leader Correspondent

August 10. 2017 10:40PM
Eric Spofford stands in the atrium of the new location for Granite Recovery Center. (Melissa Proulx/Union Leader Correspondent)

The 6 Manor Parkway building previously housed Stantec, Inc. and has sat vacant for about a year. (Melissa Proulx/ Union Leader Correspondent)

SALEM — The administrative team for a full spectrum drug and alcohol addiction treatment facility will soon be setting up shop in town.

Over the next two weeks, a team from Granite Recovery Center will move into the 6 Manor Parkway space.

The 30,000-square-foot building previously housed Stantec, Inc. before the company moved to Auburn.

“It’s pretty much move-in ready,” said Granite Recovery founder Eric Spofford.

The new space is significantly larger than the 6,000-square-foot space at 27 Hazel Drive in Hampstead where they’re currently located.

The new building will house the administrative workers for the center, as well as the medical billing company. Spofford’s real estate company — Spofford Homes — will also be setting up shop in the new space.

With the additional room, Spofford said he hopes to add more staff as well. The central location is another added bonus, Spofford said.

“Recruiting employees has been a little tough,” he said.

Spofford said the additional room — especially a soon-to-be-finished 7,000-square-foot basement — will allow them to hold more public events with community members.

Spofford and his team will host programs like recovery yoga, 12-step workshops and support meetings for families of people in recovery. Some of these programs are already being offered at the various locations for Granite Recovery Center, but now can all be housed in the one location.

“This space will really allow us to open this up to the public,” he said. “It will be a huge resource for family members and people with substance misuse disorders.”

Spofford said these programs are a big part of their robust alumni support.

“That’s one of the strongest parts of what we do,” he said.

Spofford has been in recovery himself since 2006 and started Granite Recovery nearly a decade ago. In 2008, he opened the Granite House in Derry, which still operates as a men’s extended care facility.

Since then, Granite Recovery has opened four other locations: the Green Mountain Treatment Center in Effingham; New Freedom Academy in Canterbury; Granite House for Women in Concord; and Queen City Sober Living in Manchester.

In all, they have about 230 beds and provide the entire continuum of care, from detox to rehabilitation to long-term recovery support.

His intent is to provide help and guidance for those suffering from substance misuse disorder and their families as they enter into recovery.

Spofford said he’s proud to be able to provide help to those in need and their families, but the demand for the services he offers continue to be significant.

“One of the most awkward questions I get asked is, ‘How’s business?’,” he said.


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