This Matter of Honesty

This may as well be the Bonfire manifesto. Proud of our friend Jeremy, speaking here at the 2015 Alcoholics Anonymous International Conference in Atlanta, GA on the 80th Anniversary of that fellowship. The topic was “This Matter of Honesty,” the title of a 1961 essay by AA co-founder Bill Wilson published in The Grapevine. Bonfire is not reinventing the wheel …

Unite to Face Addiction

Three years ago today a light hurricane dumped across I-95 and cars pulled into the margins to wait out the storm. Mine forged onward, stopping only briefly when I crashed into this family van or that sedan, avoiding police and even fleeing in the middle of an arrest. I was drunk and desperately needed heroin. Finally, after my dealer turned …

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Testify!

Our state’s budget for the next two years will be decided in June. Over the next week, the House Finance Committee will hold hearings in Concord, Derry, and North Conway to learn first-hand from the public about what’s important to us. Our testimonies are needed to make funding for addiction-related services and initiatives a priority for our budget. Here are …

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Glenn’s Room

Last month a woman named Melinda started an online crowdfunding campaign to raise money for her brother’s funeral costs. Glenn Smith finally succumbed to alcoholism. The GoFundMe page (titled “My Brother’s Farewell”) stated that any money raised beyond the target amount would be donated to Bonfire Recovery Services. The page didn’t explain why the spare money should go to a …

Thanksgiving!

Dinner, meeting, and a movie with guys who stayed local for the holiday. Grace, gratitude, and hilarity.

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Help Shape a Solution

Last night’s second Access to Recovery Day in Portsmouth featured a three-hour panel discussion about how to respond to the heroin epidemic facing our communities, specifically Portsmouth. A list of panel members follows. Read about the event here. The purpose of the town-hall-style meeting was to collect feedback from the public. The problem is consistently front-and-center on our daily newspapers. …

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People, yes. Addicts, bye.

Ok, Greg Williams. I think I finally get it. I arrived late today to the New Hampshire Alcohol and other Drug Providers Association Conference in Concord. Intending only to pass around Bonfire brochures to other service providers, I opened the doors to a near-empty lobby. A few men and women loyally guarded their information tables while the rest, I was …

Y12SR Yoga at Bonfire

Beginning Saturday September 6, 2014 (and two Saturdays each month thereafter) Bonfire will host open-to-the-public yoga classes. Local recovery enthusiast and yoga instructor Sandi Coyle will facilitate on-site Y12SR groups in our ground-floor community space at 10 Grove St. in Dover, NH. Y12SR integrates the 12-Step addiction recovery themes and group facilitation format with low-impact yoga practices in order to …

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Bringing the Bottom Up

There are some common misconceptions in treatment and recovery circles about when and how a person with a substance misuse disorder becomes able to accept help. “He just has to want it enough.” “I guess he wasn’t ready.” “She needed to do some more research.” The guiding belief underlying these statements is that addicted individuals, if they are truly afflicted with Addiction, have …

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Acceptance (Of What?)

“…once you make friends with your neuroses you can plan a life.” — John Waters I heard the cult film director say this during an interview several years ago. I had given up listening to music in the car,  instead blasting public radio as I sped up and down I-95, struggling to keep distance between my license plates and anyone whom I thought …

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Spiritual Shredders

Everyone has their off-days — even sober drug addicts trying to make the awkward and turbulent transition from reptile-brain to “God Consciousness.” It takes effort to turn away from the mire in which our old skins took comfort. As a curiously non-Alcoholic writer put it,  “When you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.” During one of my …

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Bonfire Recovery Services Invites First Clients out of the Cold

Dover, NH – 4 April 2014 – After months of preparation, local addiction recovery enthusiasts are opening the doors to their men’s sober living facility at 10 Grove Street. Bonfire Recovery Services will move in its first caseload of clients Saturday, April 5. Bonfire Co-Founder John Eldredge said that the sober house will help to counter a growing substance abuse …

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Homecoming at Bonfire: Opening Week Interview with the Co-Founders

In anticipation of Bonfire’s opening on Saturday, April 5, Staff member Dean LeMire interviewed Bonfire’s founders John Eldredge and Andrew West on the what the sober house means to them and what they hope it will mean for their community. Dean: Why do you feel the Seacoast needs a place like Bonfire? John: One of the main reasons that the …

What’s Left.

Last year I spoke to a young man who was curious about sobriety. He had recently gotten a second DWI and the State urged him to reflect on his relationship with alcohol during the following months. I told him my story: Nervous childhood, discontented teens, suicidal twenties. Alcohol, pills, heroin, a spritz of computer duster. Then rehab, halfway house, 12 …