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Nov 4, 2015 11:44 PM

Killer High: NH experts answer viewer questions about heroin addiction, recovery


The NH1 News Digital Crisis Center answered viewer questions from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday night for our special report Killer High: Crisis in the Granite State.

Here are just a few

Q: Can I go to court and doctor appointments while I'm in treatment?
A: Farnum Center has a doctor on site and works with the courts to postpone court dates until after treatment

Q: What medications can I bring to detox?
A: You can bring any medications that are medically necessary.

Q: What if someone needs to stay more than 30 days?
A: If you need to stay more than 30 days you can, but it depends on the individual and why the extended time is necessary. The Farnum Center has 90 day program in Franklin. There are also sober living facilities to help after residential treatment.

Q: Once the are in rehab do you have therapy/education for the family on what to do when they come home?
A: Farnum Center has weekly meetings so the family can participate and learn more about how to care for a loved one in recovery. "Sharing without Shame" is also a family program that's open to the public.

Q: Do you work with people that struggle with bi-polar/depression with addiction?
A: Farnum offers a co-occuring program that works with both mental health and addiction.

Q: I have been clean two weeks, can I still get treatment?
A: Yes! Absolutely!

Q: How long is the wait?
A: It varies at the Farnum Center. There are more beds available for men than women right now, but it can change daily. You should contact the Farnum Center. If they can't get you a bed, they will get you into some type of counseling and treatment right away. Don't put it off.

Q: What takes place in detox?
A: You get medication to alleviate the physical pain of detox. You sleep a lot. You eat good food. You rest and get ready for the next phase of care.

Q: I don't have a background. How can I help?
A: Go to NH1.com/Killerhigh there is a list of resources and community groups. Give them a call and see if they need volunteers. Also, contact your local legislators to voice your concerns and advocate for change.

Q: For an addict who is currently doing a few months in jail for crimes related to heroin, is there anyway to arrange to go to rehab after he gets out of jail with NH Medicaid ?
A: Officer Eric Adams from the Laconia Police Department says call the program coordinator to make sure there is a plan in place for continued treatment.

Q: Where do we turn in needles we find?
A: Call your local fire department. All fire departments accept used needles. Information on needle disposal can be found here.

Q: How do I know if I’m a candidate for Suboxone?
A: Farnum Center says you need to have a full assessment from a physician to determine if Suboxone is the appropriate course of treatment.

Q: I think I am taking too much medication what should I do?
A: Dr. Goodman says talk to the prescriber.

Q: While my loved one is in treatment, can I call them? How can I stay in contact with them?
A: Farnum Center says there are telephones in common areas and weekly visits. This varies for each facility and can be asked by calling the treatment center.

Q: I have a job that I cannot lose. How can I get help and not lose my job?
A: Farnum Center says they have intensive outpatient programs that include counseling before and after work. For a list of outpatient facilities check the NH treatment locator page.

Q: My girlfriend and I both need help. Can we come together?
A: The Farnum Center says this would be individually determined at assessment. If you and your partner cannot be treated in the same facility Farnum will help find an appropriate facility for both of you.

Q: My insurance company won't cover me for treatment anymore. What else can I do?
A: The Farnum Center suggests getting an assessment. They can help you explore your payment options.

Q: I'm on the waiting list right now. What can I do to help while I'm waiting?
A: Farnum Center says they have groups and individual counseling that are offered to ANYONE who walks in the door. You can also take advantage of community support groups found here: http://www.nh1.com/pages/killer-high/

There are many paths to recovery. To find a list of resources and community groups go to NH1.com/Killerhigh


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