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Jaffrey group aims to build addiction recovery center

By MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent

July 16. 2017 11:26PM

Eleanor Burt, 12, and Joanna Burt, 10, volunteer at the Drug Epidemic Response Forum at the Woodbound Inn in Rindge on Saturday morning. (Meghan Pierce)

RINDGE — A Drug Epidemic Response Forum at the Woodbound Inn on Saturday was the kick-off event by Jaffrey-based nonprofit Reality Check to launch its effort to open a recovery center in Jaffrey in October 2018.

Realty Check founder Mary Drew of Jaffrey said she would like to buy the shuttered St. Patrick School on Main Street in Jaffrey for the center.

Features of the center will include addiction prevention and treatment.

The recovery center is also aimed at building a workforce of addiction professionals in order to fight the addiction epidemic, Drew said, has taken decades to grow.

“We are not funded for this yet. We plan to build a recovery center to provide community-based recovery-support services to people coming out of treatment and for people who don’t necessarily need treatment, but are still seeking recovery. Not everybody needs to go into residential treatment to get into recovery,” Drew said.

Among other things the center would provide the community with a variety of support groups, a five-day Recovery Coach Academy would be offered three times a year, and the center would also provide the area with a court liaison to assist people in recovery who need help with transportation to keep court appointments.

The center would also offer wildness trips.

“One of our goals is to rebuild resiliency in people — their mental health, their physical health, their spiritual health — and the best way to do that is outside,” Drew said.

Drew founded Realty Check in 2009 in the wake of her own recovery from alcoholism in March 2008.

The mission of Reality Check is to reduce youth and adult alcohol and drug use and overdoses through prevention education, treatment referrals, and recovery support to New Hampshire residents.

Drew said the reason she is starting the Recovery Center is because the Eastern Monadnock Region has historically been underserved by the state in this area.

“There’s not a lot of recovery support post-treatment in the community,” Drew said. “We are looking at St. Patrick School, which is a K-through 8 population, which has been vacant for two years.”

The school’s field could be used for a community garden as part of the treatment center, she said. The center would also have programs for veterans struggling with addiction and mental health issues and alternative recovery and pain-management treatments like acupuncture.

mpierce@newstote.com


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