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Addressing N.H.'s Addiction Counselor Shortage

Phoenix House Academy of Dublin

As overdose deaths skyrocket,  there's been a statewide call for more access to drug treatment, and more funding for it.  But treatment centers are scrambling to find and keep enough trained staff to meet the demand.  Chronic issues, such as low pay and bureaucracy add to the burden of helping a patient through recovery.


  • Emily Corwin, NHPR's Seacoast reporter
  • Dianne Pepin, Director of NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association
  • Melissa Chickering, formerly a counselor at Phoenix House, now teaches at Antioch and KSU
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