A Holistic Approach
Rural families and communities in central and northern New Hampshire have been severely impacted by our state’s substance use crisis yet have far less access to treatment than more heavily populated parts of our state. Untreated, perinatal substance use is associated with significant morbidity and mortality for these women and their infants, including infectious disease, prematurity, poor fetal growth, and neonatal withdrawal leading to prolonged hospitalization. FFNE will help reduce these devastating outcomes by offering a residential program for pregnant and parenting women based on American Society of Addiction Medicine’s 3.5 Level of Care. Using a modified therapeutic community model, support can last up to one year, focusing on the following approaches:
FFNE understands and considers the pervasive nature of trauma and promotes an environment of healing and recovery rather than practices and services that may inadvertently re-traumatize.
FFNE emphasizes each woman’s self-determination and strengths, while viewing them as resourceful and resilient in the face of adversity.
FFNE is committed to the acceptance of setbacks and providing extra support as needed.
THERAPEUTIC COMMUNITIES (TCs)
TCs have a recovery orientation, focusing on the whole person and overall lifestyle changes, not simply abstinence from drug use. This orientation acknowledges the chronic, relapsing nature of substance use disorders and holds the view that lapses are opportunities for learning.
TCs encourage participants to examine their personal behavior to help them become more pro-social and to engage in “right living” – considered to be based on honesty, taking responsibility, hard work, and willingness to learn. With an emphasis on social learning and mutual self-help, individual participants take on some of the responsibility for their peers’ recovery. This support for others is seen as an important part of changing oneself.
As program participants progress through the stages of recovery, they assume greater personal and social responsibilities in the community. The goal is for a TC participant to leave the program not only drug-free but also employed or in school or training.
National Institute for Drug Abuse. 2020, June 9. What is a Therapeutic Community’s Approach? Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/therapeutic-communities/what-therapeutic-communitys-approach