As the COVID-19 pandemic persists and the opioid epidemic continues, the need for substance use disorder treatment is more crucial than ever in the Greater Nashua area. Thus, the Doorway of Greater Nashua has partnered with GateHouse Recovery Solutions to ensure our community members have access to the care they need, when they need it, regardless of the time of day or day of the week.
Since May of 2020, Southern New Hampshire Health has been a point of entry into The Doorway program, the statewide initiative that provides comprehensive addiction services to residents suffering from a substance use disorder. Designated the Doorway of Greater Nashua, the program provides screening and evaluation; treatment, including referrals for medication-assisted treatment; prevention, including naloxone; crisis stabilization, peer recovery support, and resources for long-term recovery, such as housing, evidence-based programs, and workforce opportunities. It also helps facilitate access to treatment and offers ongoing monitoring as needed.
Anyone suffering from substance use disorder can visit the Doorway of Greater Nashua, located at 268 Main Street in Nashua, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm to seek assistance. And now, thanks to a partnership with GateHouse Recovery Solutions, we are able to expand access to 24 hours a day.
“We recognized the critical need for a place of respite for those who have made the decision to seek help outside of normal hours of operation and we’re thrilled to have found a partner in GateHouse Recovery Solutions,” says Kristin Makara, LICSW, MLADC, Director of the Doorway of Greater Nashua.
Individuals who are seeking treatment will now be able to access the GateHouse after hours and on holidays at their 63 Temple Street location. Here, trained staff will provide supervised, safe, and secure shelter accommodations until the Doorway opens at 8 am the following business day.
“Previously, individuals seeking help for their substance use disorder were able to access Nashua’s Safe Stations. But when that program ended over the summer, we became acutely aware of the gap in coverage,” says Kara Morse, MSW, LICSW, Clinical Director of Behavioral Health and Integrative Care at Foundation Medical Partners. “Thankfully, now individuals who are seeking after hours support for their substance use disorder can access the GateHouse.”