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Outpatient Treatment in New Hampshire

Are you looking for a high-quality substance abuse rehabilitation program in New Hampshire for yourself or a loved one? offers valuable information about various facilities in the state to help you find the treatment center that’s right for you. We provide information on both inpatient and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment facilities so that you can find the program that will best help you or your loved one on the path toward recovery, whether the addiction is to marijuana, alcohol, oxycodone, or any other illegal or prescription medication.

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Alcohol and Drug Addiction in New Hampshire

Opioids, methamphetamine, cocaine, alcohol, and marijuana are the most frequently abused substances in New Hampshire.1,2 In 2018, there were 452 overdose deaths in New Hampshire.3 The largest percentage of overdose deaths occurred in people aged 30–39.1 The most overdose deaths occurred in Manchester, followed by Nashua.1

Specific Drug Statistics for New Hampshire

In 2017, among New Hampshire residents age 12 and older, 96,000 were diagnosed with a substance use disorder (SUD) and 71,000 were diagnosed with an alcohol use disorder (AUD) in the past year.2 A 2017 survey assessing substance use in the past year among New Hampshire residents age 12 and older reported that:2

  • 216,000 people used marijuana.
  • 49,000 people abused pain medication.
  • 25,000 people used cocaine.
  • 8,000 people used heroin.
  • 8,000 people used methamphetamine.

The survey also tracked substance use within the past month among New Hampshire residents age 12 and older and reported that:2

  • 149,000 people used marijuana.
  • 731,000 drank alcohol.
  • 331,000 participated in binge drinking, defined as having 5 or more drinks in 2 hours for men or 4 or more for women.

New Hampshire is one of 5 states that have been hit especially hard by the opioid crisis, with rates of overdose deaths involving opioids more than double the national rate.4 In 2017, fatal overdoses involving synthetic opioids such as fentanyl increased drastically to 374 deaths, while heroin overdoses declined to 28 deaths and prescription painkillers declined to 62 deaths.4

New Hampshire Treatment Facts

There are 72 SUD facilities in New Hampshire, and they treat all types of addictions, including opioid addiction.1,5 Sixty-two facilities provide outpatient care, with 60 offering traditional outpatient services, 18 offering intensive outpatient services, and 9 offering outpatient detoxification.5 New Hampshire treatment centers employ a range of techniques, including:5,6

  • Substance use and mental health evaluations.
  • Individual and group counseling.
  • Family counseling.
  • Medication-assisted treatment to help withdrawal, cravings, and mental health symptoms.

The Definition of Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment can be as effective as inpatient programs and allows participants to fulfill responsibilities at home, school, or work.7,8 Outpatient services are designed to be delivered over a longer period of time at lower cost than inpatient programs, which helps increase the likelihood of seeing positive benefits of treatment.7,8

Intensive outpatient programs require attending treatment for 6–9 hours each week and are more demanding than standard outpatient services.7, 9 Behavioral counseling provides a way to cope with stressors, address issues that contribute to SUDs, prevent relapse, and improve life skills.7,8

Finding Outpatient Rehab in New Hampshire

Of the 72 SUD facilities in New Hampshire, 62 operate outpatient programs.5 The majority of treatment centers are located in the southern part of the state, with only a few scattered in other areas.5,10 Treatment centers are located within large cities such as Manchester, Nashua, Concord, Derry, Dover, Rochester, Merrimack, Hudson, and Londonderry.10

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Does My Insurance Cover Treatment in New Hampshire?

Rehab is costly, and the price can vary based on the facility, frequency and duration of treatment, and your insurance copayments. Insurance plans that are common in New Hampshire include Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, Harvard Pilgrim, Martin’s Point, Matthew Thornton, and United Healthcare.11

New Hampshire Insurance (i.e., Medicaid) Treatment Facilities

Medicaid is a government-funded program that provides health insurance to people with disabilities, pregnant women, and low-income adults in certain states.12,13,14

In New Hampshire, low-income adults can obtain Medicaid.15 Nearly 178,000 people have Medicaid in New Hampshire, which covers SUD treatment.15,16 Sixty-two SUD treatment facilities (86.1% of SUD facilities) in New Hampshire accept Medicaid.5 You can find more information about eligibility requirements in New Hampshire here.

Additional Strategies for Getting Help

New Hampshire has many resources available to people with SUDs, with some specialized for crisis support, adolescents, the LGBTQ+ community, people with mental illness, and veterans. Some resources are:


  1. New Hampshire Drug Monitoring Initiative. (2019). 2018 overview report.
  2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2019). State data tables and reports from the 2016-2017 national survey on drug use and health.
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). Drug overdose mortality by state.
  4. National Institute for Drug Abuse.(2019). New Hampshire opioid summary.
  5. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2019). 2018 state profile — United States and other jurisdictions: National survey of substance abuse treatment services (N-SSATS).
  6. New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. (2016). Treatment services.
  7. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Principles of drug addiction treatment: A research-based guide (3rd edition).
  8. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2019). Treatment approaches for drug addiction.
  9. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. (2015). Detoxification and substance abuse treatment. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 45. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 15-4131. Rockville, MD: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.
  10. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Behavioral health treatment services locator.
  11. National Committee for Quality Assurance. (2020). NCQA health insurance plan ratings 2019-2020: Summary report (private).
  12. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (n.d.). Medicaid.
  13. New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. (2016). NH Medicaid program.
  14. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (n.d.). Eligibility.
  15. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (n.d.). Medicaid and CHIP in New Hampshire.
  16. New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. (2016). Substance use disorder (SUD) benefit for standard Medicaid recipients.