Physical, mental and emotional well-being are all connected. The nation-wide shortage of mental and behavioral services, untreated mood and anxiety disorders are leading to higher levels of addiction.
Why Give Hope? Because…
Physical, mental and emotional well-being are all connected. For many patients seeking help for anxiety, depression or substance use disorder, the isolation and accompanying stigma has compromised their ability to feel hopeful about their future. Hope is a key ingredient in fostering resiliency and overall emotional and physical wellbeing.
We Give Hope Because…
- A man in his early 20’s shouldn’t have to be paralyzed by severe anxiety.
- A single mom of two toddlers suffering from depression shouldn’t delay getting help due to childcare.
- A teenage girl shouldn’t suffer from severe migraines from being bullied.
- A father who lost one son to a drug overdose shouldn’t have to worry for his brother.
- A 37-year-old woman dying of brain cancer, shouldn’t have to worry about the impact on her children.
- A 39-year-old who left her abusive husband one night to protect herself shouldn’t have to live with the grief and memory of witnessing his suicide.
- New Hampshire ranks #1 in drug-related deaths among 12- to 25-year-olds
- 90% of suicides are a result of a mental disorder
- 11% of NH adolescents age 12-17 report illicit drug use (higher than national average)*
- 20% of age 12-20 report binge-drinking (higher than national average)*
- 422 drug overdose deaths in NH (2015) = highest rate drug overdose deaths in nation
- Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50.
- Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S.
- 47,055 lethal overdoses in 2014, 18,893 of which were related to prescription painkillers and 10,574 to heroin.
- 4.2 million Americans reported using heroin at least once in their life, and of this number, an estimated 23 percent become addicted to the drug.
* National Institute on Drug Abuse
NIKI’S STORY: The fight to stay sober
“I lost my dad when I was 16 and that was kind of the onset of my life spiraling down. It started with a lot of drinking. After high school, I became addicted to Percocet. After 3 years using Percocet and alcohol, I went to detox at an area hospital for five days. I left withdrawing worse than I was when I went in. I then thought it was a great idea to go to the methadone clinic. I was there for about three months and quit cold turkey, knowing that I might have withdrawal symptoms. I haven’t touched Percocet since, but over the next 5 years, I was a binging alcoholic, stopping only during my pregnancies.
From August 2015 to June 2016, I was drinking daily. Initially, it was just on my lunch break and when I got home from work. Then, it escalated to my morning break and on my way home from work, too. I put my job on the line, but even after an involuntary unpaid week off, I still continued to drink. Thursday, June 23, 2016, was the day I finally got myself some help. I had my boyfriend bring me to the ER, drinking right up until I walked in. I had to detox for three hours because my blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit and I was too intoxicated to talk to anyone. When I left, I did a 12-day detox at Southern NH Medical Center’s inpatient Behavioral Health unit. I then agreed to go to an inpatient rehab program in Florida for six weeks. After, I started Southern’s Intensive Outpatient Program which supports those with substance use disorder. After my 16 sessions, I transitioned to the aftercare group. I now have 16 months of sobriety with many more to come.
I am extremely blessed and thankful for all of the knowledge and support that I have received at Southern NH Health (SNHH) and continue to receive. I don’t think I would have made it to where I am today without SNHH!
This program saves lives, and I am living proof."