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Live Free Meets With Sen. Kelly Ayotte On Heroin Bill

Photo Courtesy: Sen. Ayotte's Office Caption: Left to Right: John Jensen, Northeast Outreach Coordinator, Amethyst Recovery Center; Ryan Gagne, Director, Live Free Structured Sober Living; Senator Kelly Ayotte; and John Brogan, Outreach Coordinator, Amethyst Recovery Center.

Photo Courtesy: Sen. Ayotte’s Office Caption: Left to Right: John Jensen, Northeast Outreach Coordinator, Amethyst Recovery Center; Ryan Gagne, Director, Live Free Structured Sober Living; Senator Kelly Ayotte; and John Brogan, Outreach Coordinator, Amethyst Recovery Center.

Merrimack resident, and Live Free Structured Sober Living Director, Ryan Gagne and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte met to go over the Comprehensive Addiction And Recovery Act, the federal government’s efforts to deal with the heroin and opioid crisis.

“Live Free Structured Sober Living is a critically important recovery program, and I appreciated the discussion we had during Thursday’s visit about the framework that CARA provides to help strengthen our response to this epidemic.” – Sen. Kelly Ayotte

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Restoring Hope

Learning to Give in order to Receive

The men of Live Free have begun to learn and adapt a major spiritual principle in their personal recoveries, service to others. As part of the transfer from the Orientation phase into the Working/Transition phase the men participate in community service. Many of the men in the house have yet to experience the internal benefits of being of service to others. Live Free staff have organized a community service schedule in collaboration with the NH Food bank and the Manchester Animal Shelter. These opportunities have greatly helped the men experience the benefits of being selfless and identifying the ways in which being of service will enhanced their recovery. The men are also gearing up to participate in a project that we have titled “Restore Hope”. This project is a fundraiser where the men will collect various toiletry items, socks, and non perishable food items and make care packages which they will distribute to the homeless population within the City. Staff are working on other creative service projects throughout the coming months. Live Free Staff are striving to not only teach the men spiritual principle of being of service to others, but to also give back to the City of Manchester, in which they live.

Living In The Present With Ob

Sometimes the best way to comprehend spiritual principles is to see them in action. Ob spends most of his day walking around the Live Free Structured Sober Living facility teaching the men how to live in the present moment. Ob is a 4 year old Pointer Boarder Collie mix. On more than one occasion participants have had the opportunity to be cheered up by Ob. When not at Live Free Structured Sober Living spreading his Zen like love, he enjoys swimming and chasing squirrels and hikes in the White Mountains.