New England’s premier substance abuse treatment center, Farnum Center provides a full range of services, including detox, residential treatment, outpatient programs and a Suboxone clinic. Located about 50 miles north of Boston, in downtown Manchester, New Hampshire, Farnum is a non-profit organization. Serving over 1,500 local clients yearly, Farnum is also affiliated with Webster Place, a nearby facility. Farnum was established in 1981, and has continued to expand the services offered to chemically dependent adults.
Accommodations and Food
Remodeled in 2008, the Farnum Center provides all services in a 25,557 square-foot single-story building. The double-occupancy rooms have been updated to include private bathrooms and are fully furnished with twin beds. Men and women are separated across the site, with detox and clinical offices located in the middle. While lacking a home-like atmosphere, Farnum does provide a range of amenities that include meeting rooms, well-equipped gym and recreation areas. Smoking is allowed, though cigarettes cannot be purchased on-site.
Vending machines are available for snacks, but all other meals are provided. Food is prepared on-site and served in the cafeteria. Emphasis is placed on taste and nutrition, though special dietary requirements can be accommodated.
Treatment and Staff
The medically monitored detox center provides up to 20 clients medication management and supervision around the clock. Clients stay an average of six days and begin to participate in treatment as soon as they are physically able. The inpatient program serves up to 40 men and women. Programs are separated by gender, and treatment length is 30 to 42 days. Clients with co-occurring disorders are supported through targeted counseling sessions and prescribed medication where appropriate.
Clients attend group therapy daily, where the focus is on sharing personal experiences, difficulties and providing peer support. Individual therapy occurs weekly, where clients have a chance to address personal concerns with their therapist. Lectures are held regularly, and clients are taught about substance abuse, its effects, consequences and causes. Positive seminars and special presentations cover a range of topics, including mindfulness techniques, meditation, spirituality and life skills. Regular attendance at on-site 12-step meetings is expected.
The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is recommended for graduates of the inpatient program and those who don’t require the intensive supervision of the inpatient program. They are able to continue daily responsibilities such as parenting, work or school, while receiving treatment. During the first phase, clients attend three-hour sessions three days a week, for four weeks. They participate in group therapy, health education and individual therapy. The second phase reduces treatment to one weekly group and individual session for 10 weeks. The outpatient program includes the same modalities, but meets once a week for four to 10 weeks. Clients transitioning from higher levels of care, or who need brief services for specific reasons like license restoration, may participate in this program.
A team of nurses, Master’s-level alcohol and drug counselors, licensed mental health clinicians, a medical director and admission coordinator supervises treatment practices, goals and progress. Staff is trained in health realization as well as other evidence-based practices.
Random drug screenings are performed regularly, as no alcoholic or illegal substances are allowed on-site. Visitation times are limited to weekends, though adult loved ones are encouraged to attend the family education sessions. Field trips to museums, off-site AA/NA meetings, sports and recovery events are organized to promote a sense of fun and community among clients.
The Suboxone clinic offers medically supervised outpatient care for opiate addicted clients. Clients are required to meet regularly with a specialized doctor and attend individual counseling.
Farnum Center provides an excellent range of services for clients at all levels of need. With highly trained and specialized medical staff, clients can feel safe in their treatment plans and diagnoses. Fees vary according to the services provided, with detox at $600 per day. Though offering few luxuries, treatment programs at Farnum are comprehensive and follow evidence-based practices, making it a preferred choice for many.
140 Queen City Ave
Manchester, NH 03103
Farnum Center Cost: $12,000 (for 30 days). Reach Farnum Center by phone at (888) 840-4243 or by email.
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