With over 40 years of experience, Gosnold on Cape Cod in Massachusetts offers varying programs of recovery at several different facilities on the Cape. The primary co-ed inpatient location is Gosnold at Cataumet, which provides a three-to-five week intensive program. There is also a women’s facility (The Emerson, one one of the oldest women’s rehabs in the country), a house for men (The Miller House) and two sober transitional living homes.
Accommodations and Food
Gosnold is a fairly large facility hosting 40 clients at a time. Still, its interior decoration goes a long way in downplaying an institutional feel, and instead rather resembles a beach retreat house. Most residents share a bedroom with one other roommate, though there are a few private rooms available; all have twin beds, basic furnishings and private bathrooms. The housing separates the sexes in different wings and most rooms sport a view of the nearby cranberry bog, for an extra Cape Cod touch. Much of the facility was rebuilt after a fire six years ago, including the expansive dining room which boasts bay windows with impressive views. All meals are held in the dining room, and Gosnold has a chef on staff who takes great care in preparing healthy and nutritious meals.
Treatment and Staff
Gosnold on Cape Cod offers a medical detox program managed by the clinical team, among them nurses, counselors and recovery aides—all trained and practiced in addiction treatment. The length of detoxification is dependent on the severity of the withdrawal symptoms and other medical conditions (though it generally lasts between three to seven days). Following a stabilizing period, residents are then referred to continuing care programs. There is an on-staff psychiatrist who makes weekly visits though there’s no visiting medical doctor; in emergencies, clients can be transported to the nearby hospital.
Days are busy at Gosnold, with up to six individual and group sessions a day, separate for men and women. There is a 12-step meeting every evening, but it should be noted that Gosnold is not as 12-step influenced as similar facilities. They allow residents to chose their own path in recovery, and also offer fitness and nutrition programs as well as yoga and meditation classes as part of the week’s schedule.
Because the length of stay at Gosnol is relatively short, clients have the option to transition to other facilities after their stay, though not all do. These other facilities include the Emerson House in West Falmouth, specializing in pregnant and post-partum women and the Miller House in Falmouth for men, which offers relapse prevention therapy, 12-step meetings and a focus on re-integrating into normal life. But there are other ways to stay involved afterwards: alumni can continue to attend a weekly 12-step meeting every Thursday and on the last Sunday of the month, there are specific alumni meetings at the facility.
Clients are not allowed to bring computers, phones or iPods, and can only use the public phones during appointed times. In an emergency, family members can contact residents on the facility phone. Visiting hours are also highly regulated, and visitors are not permitted to bring food, candy, soda or gifts.
In terms of pportunities for recreation at Gosnold, there’s an exercise room, with two treadmills and an elliptical machine, a basketball court and a horseshoe pit, plus the aforementioned yoga. Perhaps most impressive and worth noting when considering Gosnold is its sustained run of awards from the Massachusetts Association for Behavioral Health throughout its 40 year tenure.
There’s a reason why Cape Cod is synonymous with vacation comfort—the natural beauty of the setting, either in picturesque summers or classic New England seaside winters, truly feels like a retreat. This is certainly a boon to Gosnold, as is its success at creating a community atmosphere with multiple options for clients once their initial stay ends.
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