NH welcomes in-home recovery program in BedfordBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
January 15. 2017 11:27PM
BEDFORD — The road to recovery for Matt Eacott has been filled with many setbacks.
“I believed that I was destined to be a drug addict for the rest of my life. There was no hope for me,” said Eacott, vice president and partner of Aware Recovery Care. “I tried everything and nothing worked. I had accepted that, and I was hopeless. Being a drug addict was my identity.”
Addicted to opioids and other drugs, Eacott was in and out of traditional treatment programs for about seven years. He tried 15 different inpatient and outpatient treatment centers in California, Florida, Virginia, Connecticut and even Israel; some of them were short-term programs and others were long-term commitments.
“I tried everything short of electric shock. My rehab resume is very impressive,” said Eacott, 35.
After many relapses, arrests and a 10-month stay at the Cheshire Correctional Institution when he was 29, Eacott’s therapist suggested an in-home treatment program for addicts that was created in Connecticut, known as Aware Recovery Care. He was one of the first clients.
After just two weeks, Eacott said there was newfound hope.
“It was different than all of the other treatments. It wasn’t intimidating,” he said. “It was in my own home and it was logical.”
After 18 months in the program, Eacott said he had a life that he was proud of once again.
Now, as a partner with Aware Recovery Care, Eacott is helping to expand the Connecticut-based business into New Hampshire. Last month, the company opened a Bedford office at 15 Constitution Boulevard.
“We started seeing clients right before Christmas. We have five clients right now, with 10 on deck,” he said. There are 15 employees at the Bedford office, which is serving southern New Hampshire and select areas slightly north of Concord.
Aware Recovery Care, which opened its doors in 2011, currently has 80 employees company-wide, and has served about 245 clients. Eacott is hopeful that satellite offices will eventually be available in New Hampshire to service the entire state.
“Recovery from addiction is possible when the problem is properly treated as a chronic disorder for an extended period of time,” said Steve Randazzo, CEO and founder of Aware Recovery Care.
The program offers medical care and monitored support in the home to promote faster recovery and improved outcomes. The program is built on the visiting nurse model, and provides a multidisciplinary team for each client, according to a release.
The team for each client is led by an addiction psychiatrist, and supported by an addiction nurse, a licensed marriage and family therapist, an individual therapist and a certified recovery adviser.
“The goal of the team is to assist each client learn the new skills and daily habits they must have to lead lives free of alcohol and drugs — in the comfort and privacy of the communities where they live,” states the release.
The program also enables clients to live their lives, hold down a job, maintain a relationship and become a productive member of society, explained Eacott. Life is not on pause because of enrollment in a treatment program, he said.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire is offering coverage for Aware Recovery Care, which costs about $38,000 to $48,000 for a full year of treatment.
“The ongoing opioid epidemic has cast a bright light on the importance of treatment capacity and access — that is why we have worked to not only increase access, but to actually build treatment capacity by expanding our network of substance use disorder providers,” Lisa Guertin, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire, said in a statement. “We are very excited about supporting Aware’s addiction treatment programs, as they provide new, evidence-based options for our members, delivered in the home setting where they are likely to be of most benefit.”