When Carol Bowden walked into the Friendship Center on July 4, 1986, she knew she’d have to walk out changed. And she did. She’s been in recovery for 30 years, and is the current board chair of the Friendship Center.
“We have seen as many as 500 people a week, and saved thousands of lives over 37 years,” Bowden told a capacity crowd this past Friday. “Alcoholism is not discriminatory, and neither is recovery.”
The Friendship Center held a ribbon-cutting Friday to celebrate its new partnership with the statewide agency Hope for New Hampshire Recovery. The Derry center of Hope for New Hampshire Recovery will provide services beyond the 12-step programs hosted at Friendship Center, with the goal of both agencies working together to combat addiction.
At noon on a hot July day, local dignitaries and clients of the center mingled in the main room. They snacked on a light buffet as they waited for Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, who would bring a message and help cut the ribbon.
“We are both on the same page,” Bowden said of the collaboration. “We are trying to promote recovery in the community.” Continue reading