SOS Recovery Rally 2019

In celebration of National Recovery Month, SOS Recovery Community Organization will be hosting its second annual Recovery Rally Saturday, September 14th, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Henry Law Park.

Now in its 30th year, National Recovery Month is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live a healthy and rewarding life.

“Every September, tens of thousands of prevention treatment and recovery support programs around the country celebrate Recovery Month and share their stories of hope and recovery with their neighbors, friends and colleagues,” says John Burns, Director of SOS. “We invite everyone to join us at our Recovery Rally to celebrate the community around us and the 23 million people in the United States that are in recovery. The message of our Rally is hope and our purpose is to create awareness about the fact that recovery is not only possible, but is happening in our community.”

According to Burns, the family friendly event will feature inspirational speakers, music and a variety of other activities.

“We’re excited to have an amazing lineup including performances from Red Sky Mary and Scott Plante. Our Speaker line-up includes Dover City Council member and principal of Northshore Recovery High School Michele Lipinski. Jasmine Lamontagne, host and one of the founders of the show Exit Team and Pam Chaffee of Dover, the mother of a child affected by substance misuse who was lost due to his long battle with mental illness and lost his fight to suicide. We will also have NH State Senators David Watters, James Gray and Tom Sherman.”

The event will also feature 30 plus exhibitors and family friendly activites so that people can learn about prevention, treatment and recovery supports in the area.

The SOS RCO Recovery Rally is being sponsored by Silver Sponsor Kennebunk Savings Bank; Audio and Sound System Sponsor, New England Mobile Audio; Bronze Sponsors NH Healthy Family and Well Sense Health Plan; and Friends Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Newburyport Banks, D.F. Richard, and Mr. Electric.. Sponsor opportunities are still available. For more information about sponsorship, contact John Burns at or 603-516-2776. All proceeds from the event will benefit SOS RCO.

Updated Evidence-Based Recommendations for Buprenorphine Treatment

Brandon May of Clinical Pain Advisor discusses updated evidence-based recommendations for Buprenorphine treatment. See the full article here.

Comments from the owner:

This extensive review article makes several blockbuster recommendations for opioid addiction treatment based on long-term patient outcomes. It also supports many notions long suspected by practitioners who prescribe buprenorphine products. First, the meds are very safe. Second, they are safe to use even in combination with judiciously prescribed benzodiazepines. Third, it is clearly the buprenorphine itself that is of primary importance in preventing relapse, not behavioral therapy. This is consistent with the belief that for behavioral health to be useful in selected patients, the patient must first have cravings and urges controlled by buprenorphine. Fourth, ‘abstinence only’  programs are destined to fail for the vast majority of patients.

Odds of death from opioid overdose now greater than motor vehicle accidents.

The odds of death due to an accidental opioid overdose are now greater than those of motor vehicle accidents.

According to the National Safety Counsel, the odds of dying in the United States from an accidental opioid overdose are now greater than those of dying in a motor vehicle accident. Read the full article here.

Comments from the owner:

These data are a stark reminder of the heavy toll of opioid addiction. Now more common than fatal traffic accidents, opioid overdose deaths have increased markedly since 2000. Fatal overdoses from heroin and prescription medications are now second to deaths involving fentanyl and carfentanyl. These synthetic opioids are largely manufactured and imported from Mexico and China. The addicted user being more accustomed to the effects of the far less potent heroin injects the fentanyl product expecting a similar effect, but instead 100 times more powerful.