Areas Of Focus


Opioid Dependency Treatment

If you are struggling with opioid or alcohol dependency, you are not alone. Recent studies estimate that one in 10 Americans are dealing with this disease. Led by Doctor Margaret A. Bahder, Bahder Behavioral Services is at the forefront of battling this epidemic.

Because we understand that no two people are the same, our treatment programs are always fully customized according to the specific needs of each individual patient. Programs can include individual and group therapy as well as the use of Suboxone, which can safely alleviate the adverse effects of opioid withdrawal. Dr. Bahder has been prescribing Suboxone since 2006, when she became one of the first physicians in New Hampshire to earn the necessary certification.

Our opioid dependency programs also incorporate the treatment of any underlying mental health issues.

Substance Abuse – Dual Diagnosis

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, people dealing with dependency issues are approximately twice as likely to suffer from an additional mental disorder. By taking the time to ask the right questions as we begin treatment, we’ll determine if you have a mental health issue coupled with opioid or alcohol dependency. Understanding and treating both disorders – often referred to as a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder – is the bedrock of what we do at Bahder Behavioral Services.

Major depression, anxiety disorder and bipolar disorder, as well as several other mental disorders, have been shown to contribute to or exacerbate drug and alcohol dependency. By treating both aspects of a dual diagnosis, we ensure that all aspects of your emotional wellbeing are addressed.

Alcohol Abuse & Dependency

Treating people suffering from alcohol abuse and dependency is one of the areas in which Bahder Behavioral Services specializes. Because every patient is different, so too is each treatment program. Each is customized to meet the individual needs of a patient.

A thorough initial assessment with Dr. Bahder ensures that our recommendations for treatment meet the needs of our patients. Treatment can include individual and group therapy, behavior modification and lifestyle changes, and medication management.

Individual Therapy

In addition to being an effective tool in treating addiction issues, individual therapy can help greatly in dealing with the emotional stress that arises as a result of a major life event such as the death of a loved one, divorce or loss of a job. In today’s fast-paced environment, the stress of daily life can also have a negative impact on our emotional and physical wellbeing.

The team at Bahder Behavioral Services includes experienced, licensed social workers who can help you manage stress and cope with any issues involving loss or anger that may be making it difficult to lead a fulfilling life. We’ll match you with the appropriate mental health professional, who will work with you, at your own pace, in learning individualized techniques for coping with stress.

Individual Psychotherapy

Individual psychotherapy tends to be a more long-term approach than therapy. It can also focus on a broader range of issues, some of which may arise as a result of mental disorders such as depression, bipolar and anxiety disorders, and substance abuse or dependency.

Treatment options can include learning to recognize personal patterns of behavior and avoiding situations that might exacerbate your condition. Because it is overseen by a psychiatrist, individual psychotherapy may also include medication, which can help alleviate feelings of stress, depression and negativity.

Group Therapy

Whether you are dealing with substance abuse, issues of depression and anxiety, or another mental health concern, understanding that there are others who are experiencing similar feelings can be incredibly powerful and uplifting. Talking about your concerns, and listening to others handling similar problems, in a caring environment – one which is overseen by a mental health professional – is an important component in achieving your mental health goals.

Following an in-depth initial assessment, we’ll match you with a therapy group at Bahder Behavioral Service who can best help you. With a licensed mental health practitioner acting as mediator, you and your group will move in a positive direction together.

Medication Management

There are many medications that have proven effective at treating opioid addiction, alcohol addiction and dependency, and mental disorders. As a board-certified psychiatrist with nearly two decades of psychiatric experience, Dr. Bahder understands the intricacies of these medications.

Each person, and every issue, responds differently to the various available medications. Dr. Bahder’s breadth of knowledge and experience provide her with the ability to accurately assess our patients and prescribe the needed medications.

Benzodiazepine Dependency

Benzodiazepines, medications such as Valium, Ativan, Klonopin and Xanax, can be an effective tool in dealing with anxiety and depression. They can also lead to dependency issues. When this happens, the mental health professionals at Bahder Behavioral Services can help.

Treatment can include the use of alternate, non-addictive medications, and individual and group therapy. Each benzodiazepine dependency treatment program is tailored to meet a patient’s individual needs.


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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Depression is a treatable condition, but for some people, standard treatments aren't effective.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. TMS is typically used when other depression treatments, such as medication and talk therapy, haven't been effective.

During a TMS session, an electromagnetic coil (similar to those used in MRI procedures) is placed against the scalp near the forehead. The electromagnet painlessly delivers a magnetic pulse that stimulates nerve cells in the region of the brain involved in mood control and depression.

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