The first addiction recovery center in New Hampshire's capital city is already helping patients after opening its doors Monday morning. Hope for New Hampshire Recovery offers peer-to-peer support for people battling addiction.
The center, located a half mile from the State House in Concord, does not provide treatment but rather recovery coaches to help connect people to addiction services.
The non-profit has three recovery coaches on staff and expects to serve 20 to 30 people a week. Soon after Monday's ribbon-cutting ceremony, three people lined up to get help.
Concord Mayor Jim Bouley told the crowd that last year 14 people in the city died from a drug overdose, and six so far this year.
“We are really excited that we now have a place in our community that we can call home, so that people and families who need that peer-to-peer, they need to maintain that kind of long-term sobriety, that help, just to sit down and talk to somebody that it is right here in our community," Bouley said Monday.
Also in attendance were Concord's police chief, the state’s drug czar, and U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte.
Hope for New Hampshire Recovery also has centers in Manchester and Newport.