SALEM — Eric Spofford, the founder and CEO of Granite Recovery Centers, is releasing a book he co-authored with his colleague, Piers Kaniuka, about their personal journeys in overcoming addiction, and the ongoing challenges the region faces to provide sorely needed treatment services.
“This is a public health emergency and this book is our call to action and our blueprint on how to fight the war,” Spofford told the Union Leader in an email.
“Real People Real Recovery: Overcoming Addiction in Modern America,” published by J. Ross Publishing in Florida, comes out June 11 in paperback and retails for $24.95. Amazon is currently offering a pre-order price of $16.34.
It includes personal stories about Spofford and Kaniuka and others in recovery, and it delves into “the many societal forces that have made overdosing the leading cause of death for people under 50 in America,” a news release states.
Among the things listed in the book as root causes of the opioid epidemic are “the prison industrial complex,” greed in the pharmaceutical industry, stress, racism, globalization and “dislocation.”
Dr. Bruce Alexander, who wrote the prologue of the book, created the dislocation theory of addiction, which informs much of the treatment and recovery programming at Granite Recovery Centers. It posits that drug users who begin to feel like a part of a tight-knit community or “tribe” will be less likely to relapse, because a primary emotional driver of addiction comes from feeling alienated and alone.
Spofford founded Granite Recovery Centers in 2008 and was himself in recovery for more than 12 years.
Kaniuka helped Spofford find recovery and is the director of spiritual life at Granite Recovery Centers.
“We need to address this crisis from the ground up,” Kaniuka said in a news release.
Spofford said the book has been in the making for more than a decade.
Granite Recovery Centers celebrated its 10-year anniversary last year. It began as a single sober-living home, and today boasts about 280 treatment beds and a full continuum of care — from detox, to inpatient and outpatient treatment, to recovery.
“Granite Recovery Centers is now one of New England’s largest providers of substance-use disorder treatment and we are seeing people get better and recover every day,” Spofford said.
This year, the company began accepting Medicaid patients, a decision that Spofford made shortly after the state announced that the daily reimbursement rates for high-intensity residential substance-use disorder treatment would increase from $162.60 per patient to $347.17.
Part of that increase is from the federal State Opioid Response Grant, so the rate for non-opioid addiction is lower.