Bob Faghan-MLADC Program Director
Bob is a master licensed drug and alcohol counselor who obtained both his B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Bridgewater State University. He has 25-years of personal recovery and has spent the last 22-years as a clinician working with adolescents and adults who have substance use and mental health disorders. He founded Live Free Recovery in 2013 to address the growing gap between what was being taught in treatment and how it applied in real life. He developed a program of clinically supported peer recovery and Live Free Recovery became the pilot program for Anthem/Blue Cross for this type of treatment in the State of New Hampshire. In 2017 his book "Clinically Supported Peer Recovery- A comprehensive approach to treating those with substance use disorders" was published. He adapted this form of treatment to meet the needs of adolescents and developed an Intensive Outpatient Program that includes same age peer support into the group experience. He has provided substance abuse counseling for multiple school districts in New Hampshire including Farmington, Windham, and Dover He has worked with the Rockingham County Commissioner to help develop a plan to implement transitional housing for people served by the county and consults for the University of New Hampshire Center for Disabilities which is working to implement a youth peer support program state wide.
Sam Taliaferro-LICSW Clinical Director
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 LFR since March of 2016. 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.
Linda Faghan Family Specialist
Linda has spent the last 15-years advocating for persons with substance use/mental health disorders and their families in a variety of settings including group homes, family shelters, and outpatient offices. She was awarded her associates degree in human services from Northern Essex Community College and is a certified recovery support worker. She is an expert in assisting families to navigate the system to find support and resources for family members. In her role at Live Free Recovery she continues to be a strong family advocate, has worked closely with families of the Dover NH. School District and serves as a Peer Support for families of the program.
Hillary Diehl-LCMHC Clinician
Hillary earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire, and her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine from Boston University. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of New Hampshire and holds national certification as a National Clinical Counselor.
Her interests include Mindfulness-based approaches to stress reduction and enjoys outdoor experiential activities. Her approach in working with people is person-centered with specializations in issues related to anxiety and substance use.
Elizabeth Nash Lead Peer Leader
Elizabeth graduated from Dover NH. High School where she was an honor roll student and was involved in multiple student organizations. She was brought to the attention of Live Free recovery through her determination in advocating for students seeking help. She assisted in developing a peer support group for students that she presented to and had approved by administration. She remains a peer leader working with adolescents in the IOP and Individual counseling programs. Elizabeth is pursuing her degree in Psychology at The University of New Hampshire.
Desiree Roberts Youth Peer Coordinator
Desiree is a 2020 graduate of Dover NH. High School. While there she participated in many student activities and is proud to have been the only girl in her auto body class. She is extremely passionate about using her personal experience to help others her own age overcome the obstacles faced by those with personal or family history of substance use and mental health disorders. She joined Live Free Recovery in 2019 as a Peer Leader in the Peer Support Group at Dover High School. Here she helped co-facilitate groups and was a was a valuable resource for the students in the group. She continues as a Peer Leader with the adolescent IOP and plans on continuing her studies in the helping professions