Our Addiction Counselors and Professional Staff


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Meet the ARS Addiction Counseling & IOP Staff


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George Nowak, MD

Medical Director


George Nowak, MD is the medical director of Addiction Recovery Services. Dr. Nowak created Addiction Recovery Services to provide comprehensive and innovative treatment for individuals with substance abuse and mental health disorders.

Dr. Nowak also has a private practice in affiliation with Chestnut Hill Associates in Portsmouth and Dover, NH. Previously, Dr.Nowak was employed at Portsmouth Regional Hospital and was director of the dual diagnosis unit. Dr.Nowak has over 25 years experience working in the field of addiction medicine and psychiatry.

Dr. Nowak completed his psychiatry residency at Yale University. He is board certified in both Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry and is the only physician on the Seacoast with such credentials.

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John Iudice, LICSW, MLADC

Program Director

John Iudice is the Program Director for Addiction Recovery Services. John has worked for the last 16 years with adults and adolescents with substance use and mental health issues in a variety of settings including inpatient detox programs, residential programs, outpatient, intensive outpatient and medication-assisted treatment facilities. He has in-depth knowledge of the behavioral healthcare system and various treatment options and settings available to people.

John is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Hampshire Master of Social Work (MSW) program. He  has taught courses on Treatment of Addiction and Assessment of Addiction for the UNH Substance Use Disorder Graduate Certificate Program. He also teaches advanced counseling courses for UNH’s MSW program.

John has a particular interest in decreasing the stigma of substance use disorders while improving access to various treatment options for all those impacted. He is the board president of the New Hampshire Provider’s Association and does policy advocacy work on behalf of people impacted by substance use disorders across the state.


Sam Taliaferro

Lead Clinician, Telehealth Program

As a licensed independent clinical social worker, Sam is an advocate of a strengths based approach that provides support for people while encouraging clients to change. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2008, his masters in 2014 and has enjoyed working with ARS since March of 2019. Sam promotes clinical support for clients in early recovery through self determination and non judgmental therapy. Sam also has experience in bio/psycho/social assessments, developing treatment plans and serving as liaison to community resources.

Sam is a firm believer in a person’s ability to change for the better during times of personal crisis and strives to explore all options available to support those working toward recovery. When not interacting with clients, Sam enjoys outdoor activities, video games, riding his bike and spending time with his wife and daughter.

Heather Haines, CRSW

Recovery Support

Heather serves as a Certified Recovery Support Worker (CRSW) at Addiction Recovery Services. Heather served 10 years in the Army, with one tour in Afghanistan. In her Army career she acquired her certification to train others in Suicide Intervention. Heather found her passion to help others heal from mental health disorders including substance use disorder. Heather entered the substance misuse field in 2017, volunteering at Safe Harbor Recovery Center. Heather served as an Americorps member at the Nashua Public Health Department April 2018 to January 2019, as a Community Health Worker. In the role of Community Health Worker, Heather helped spearhead the Syringe Service of the Nashua area. Heather also worked as a liaison for those with substance use disorder to find gaps and barriers within the Continuum of Care, providing Naloxone training to the community, ensuring follow-up with clients seeking services, and providing person centered language within the community to combat stigma. Heather is passionate to practice within the Harm Reduction Model, promoting person centered practices. Heather is currently attending Southern New Hampshire University to receive her BA in Psychology, with a focus in Addictions Counseling. In her spare time Heather loves to spend time with her nieces and nephews, Husband, and dog Kobe.

Olivia Dupell

Olivia Dupell, CRSW

Alumni Engagement Coordinator

Olivia graduated with a business degree from Southern New Hampshire University in 2012. Her passion for addiction recovery guided her to complete the recovery coach academy in January 2016. Olivia helped to stand up Safe Harbor Recovery Center and served as a dedicated volunteer between March and September 2016. She was then hired by Granite Pathways to help implement the Regional Access Point Services contract where she provided crisis management and treatment referrals to individuals calling the NH Statewide Addiction Crisis Line. During that time she earned the credentials of Certified Recovery Support Worker (CRSW). In July 2017 Olivia joined the Seacoast Public Health Network as their Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator where she deployed a “multiple intervention” approach through collaboration with regional partners and resources to develop and build strong community resiliency to address the effects of substance misuse within the region. Olivia helped launch the Governor’s NH Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative in 2018 and continues to serve on their Advisory Board. She recognizes the value of community involvement and support in one’s recovery. Olivia is thrilled to be joining the ARS team. She believes in the importance of strengthening one’s resilience in order to sustain their recovery and supports all pathways to recovery. 

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Jason Snook, LICSW, MLADC

Jason received his master’s degree in social work at the University of New Hampshire in 2016. Since then he has worked at a variety of treatment centers including Strafford County Drug Court in Dover, New Hampshire and the Green Mountain Treatment Center in Effingham, New Hampshire. Presently, along with his work with ARSNH, he counsels at Aware Recovery Care. He is a United States Navy veteran and has traveled around the world on an aircraft carrier. In 2017 Jason received his Peer Support Specialist Certification and in 2019, he received a Master’s License in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. Jason is very passionate when given the chance to help others with addiction.

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Serving Northern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire

Contact our admissions line today at 978-228-5853You may also choose to email the team at Addiction Recovery Services.


Intake & Admissions:  (978) 228-5853
Portsmouth Office Phone: (603) 433-6250
Fax: (603) 433-6350


Intake & Admissions: (978) 228-5853
Salem Office Phone: (603) 212-9037
Fax: (603) 212-9039
Email: admissions@arsnh.com
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