The NH Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors Association (NHADACA) in Concord, a provider of continuing education for addiction professionals in the state, has received a $4,000 award from the Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation to create a series of trainings that incorporate military culture as it relates to substance misuse. This will be combined with a $1,000 grant from Mascoma Savings Bank.
The NH Department of Health and Human Services claims that about 110,000 veterans live in NH, a third of which are from the Vietnam Era. The second largest group of veterans is from the Gulf Wars, and over 7,000 veterans have returned from post-9/11 service. In addition to these veterans, NH is also home to several thousand active duty members of the National Guard.
The training will help educate substance use professionals statewide in the unique needs and culture of these active military members, veterans and their families.