Queen City Building

Medical Detoxification Unit

We offer 24/7 admissions. Call us at 603-622-3020 to schedule an admission or for more information.

The Farnum Center’s Medical Detoxification offers 24-hour medically monitored care and supervision provided by a professional staff consisting of a medical director, nurses, Master Level Alcohol and Drug counselors and Licensed Mental Health clinicians and an admission coordinator.

The Medical Detoxification will serve persons 18 and older needing help to safely and medically stop using alcohol and other drugs. Days needed in detox range from 5-7 days with the average length of stay being 6 days. The daily rate of treatment is $600. The cost of treatment may be covered through insurance or private pay. A written order from the primary doctor regarding all the medications the client is currently taking is necessary.

Once screened and accepted a specific medical treatment plan will be developed according to the established protocols for each drug and/or combination they are using.  Part of the protocol is the frequency of monitoring of withdrawal symptoms.  If problems are detected and a medical emergency is a possibility the patient would be transferred to CMC for any intervention that may be needed; this is not covered by Farnum Center.

Process

The detoxification process consists of three essential components: evaluation, stabilization, and fostering patient readiness for and entry into treatment.

The Medical Detoxification unit will be working closely with area hospital emergency rooms that receive individuals presenting with the need of detoxification. If assessed to need inpatient help they usually get treated on a psychiatric unit within the hospital.  We will help alleviate that problem by offering a lesser level of care more appropriate to the needs of the individual.

Referrals may also come from family members, EAP Programs, other treatment facilities and courts.

Evaluation

Includes screening and assessment in order to:

  • Detect presence and concentration of substances.
  • Identify co-occurring medical and psychological conditions.
  • Determine social situation in order to select appropriate level of treatment after detoxification.

Evaluation serves as the basis for the initial substance abuse treatment plan upon completion of detoxification.

Stabilization

  • Assisting the individual through acute intoxication and withdrawal to a medically stable, fully supported drug-free state
  • Medications may be used.
  • The process introduces individuals to treatment and their role in recovery.
  • Significant others are involved for support as appropriate, maintaining confidentiality.

 Fostering readiness

  • Prepares the individual for entry into treatment
  • Stresses the importance of follow-through regarding the complete substance abuse treatment continuum of care
  • Educates about the treatment process and the disease of addiction
  • Preparation of a continuing care plan agreed upon and signed by the client

 Operating Principles:

  • Detoxification is a set of interventions aimed at managing acute intoxication and withdrawal.
  • Detoxification is a medical intervention that manages an individual safely through the process of acute withdrawal.
  • A detoxification program is NOT designed to resolve long-standing psychological, social, and behavioral problems associated with substance abuse.
  • Detoxification is NOT substance abuse treatment.
  • Detoxification does not offer a “cure”; however, it is often a first step toward recovery.
  • Substance use disorders are treatable.
  • Substance use disorders are brain disorders, not evidence of moral weakness.
  • Patients are treated with respect and dignity at all times.
  • Patients are treated in a nonjudgmental and supportive manner.
  • Services are planned in partnership with patients and their support network.
  • Patient caregivers will provide linkages to treatment after detoxification.
  • Active involvement of family/support systems is encouraged, while respecting patient privacy and confidentiality.
  • Patients are treated with due consideration for individual background, culture, vulnerabilities, and strengths