Nashua launches new resource guide for people with addictions

The Nashua Public Health and Community Services Division has launched a new initiative to provide comprehensive information about substance abuse services to residents with substance use disorders.

New Community Connections Resource Guide includes an online directory of behavioral health services and is designed to help people access treatments and programs that better meet their needs.

Lisa Vasquez, health strategist who helped create the guide, said it will help families learn about how to get prevention, treatment and recovery services.

“Whether you’re a parent looking for more information or support or just want to be part of a prevention program, these [services] are all listed there, Vasquez said.

Vasquez started the resource in part because she noticed that information about these programs changes quickly. Providers are changing their services, locations and contact details. An up-to-date online guide was essential, she said, especially after the department saw an increase in overdoses over the past year.

Vasquez said many people don’t get help because they don’t have the right information and mistakenly believe there aren’t services available in the community.

“There are,” Vasquez said. “But we still have to fill the gaps for people who don’t have insurance, who don’t have transportation, who are homeless and who face language barriers.”

The guide also contains information on non-emergency numbers for the police, fire department and other institutions that can help someone recover.

For more information, contact the Nashua City DPHCS Behavioral Health Team at 603-589-4538 or call 211.

Calvin W. Soper