Medical Detoxification Unit

The Farnum Center
140 Queen City Ave. Manchester, NH 03103
P: 603.622.3020 or 1.888.840.4243

The Farnum Center’s Medical Detoxification unit is open 24 hours a day. It is medically supervised by our medical director, nurses, counselors, licensed mental health clinicians, and master level alcohol and drug counselors.

Call us at 603.622.3020 or 1.888.840.4243 to schedule an admission’s evaluation or for more information.

Our Medical Detoxification Unit serves individuals 18 and older who need help to safely and medically stop using alcohol and other drugs. The average length of stay is six days and the daily rate of treatment is $600. The cost of treatment may be covered by insurance or through private payment.

Once screened and accepted, a specific medical treatment plan will be developed according to the established protocols. Then each protocol calls for a certain medication to help alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal. A very important piece of the detoxification process is the frequency of monitoring withdrawal symptoms. If problems are detected that are not part of the detox, which could be a medical issue the client may have and need help with, we would transfer them to our receiving hospital, Catholic Medical Center (CMC). We have a strong relationship with CMC and they handle our client’s physical issues not generated by the withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs. The client will be transferred to CMC for any intervention that may be needed; however, this cost is not covered by Farnum. It can be billed to the individual’s insurance.


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

The Medical Detoxification unit also receives individuals from hospital emergency rooms who present with the need for detoxification. We then offer a level of care that appropriately fits the needs of the individual.

We are also happy to work with anyone who wants to make a referral. It may come from family members, EAP Programs, other treatment facilities, and courts.


Screening and assessments are completed to treat your family member or yourself with the best care we can deliver.

  • First, we will complete a urinalysis to detect the presence and concentration of substances
  • Then, we will identify any co-occurring medical and psychological conditions
  • And, we can determine the individual’s social situation in order to select the appropriate level of treatment after detoxification

As a result, our goal is to gain as much information from the individual and their family members to be thorough and kind throughout their stay with us at any of our Farnum facilities.

What to Expect

We want to help your family member feel better as soon as possible because the sooner they are feeling better, the sooner they can start to attend groups and begin the process of learning about themselves. We will assist the individual through acute withdrawal. Then we begin to introduce individuals to treatment and their role in recovery. It is very important to us that we include significant others in the treatment process, understanding we need to maintain any confidentiality, requested by the client.

Individuals may go on to one of our other facilities for up to a 30-day stay or into an Intensive Outpatient Program at one of our facilities or one closer to their home. Once detox has been completed it is time to get into treatment and recovery from this disease.  In addition, it is important the client understands detox is NOT treatment. Treatment begins after the physical withdrawals have subsided and the client moves into the 30-day residential program or an Intensive Outpatient Program.

Operating Principles:

  • Detoxification is a set of interventions that manage 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 does not offer a “cure.” However, it is often the first step toward recovery
  • Substance use disorders are treatable
  • Substance use disorders are brain disorders, NOT evidence of moral weakness
  • Clients are treated with respect and dignity at all times, in a nonjudgmental and supportive manner, and their individual background, culture, vulnerabilities, and strengths are always considered
  • Services are planned in partnership with patients and their support network
  • Client caregivers will provide linkages to treatment after detoxification
  • Active involvement of family/support systems is encouraged while respecting patient privacy and confidentiality

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