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Farnum Center’s Medical Detoxification (Detox) unit provides 24/7 medical monitoring to clients (age 18+) who require that level of care for treatment of alcohol, opiates, and other substance use disorders.  Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is used to ease the discomfort associated with your detoxification process.

Our skilled medical team oversees your treatment every step of the way.  The staff is led by a medical director who specializes in substance use and also includes other licensed medical practitioners, a caring team of nurses, licensed nurse assistants (LNAs), counselors, certified recovery support workers and other support staff. Our interdisciplinary team works closely together as well as in partnership with you to provide holistic health while promoting physical and psycho-social healing in support of your recovery.

The average length of stay in our Detox unit is six days. The cost of treatment is usually covered by insurance or through private payment.

What to Expect

Once screened and accepted, a specific medical treatment plan will be developed in partnership with you, according to our established protocols; each protocol calls for certain medications, which may include comfort 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 detoxification process, which could be a medical issue that you may have and need help with, we will transfer you to a local receiving hospital. This cost is not covered by Farnum and you or your insurance will be billed directly by the hospital.

The detoxification process consists of three essential components: evaluation, stabilization, and preparing for the next step of care.


Upon admission to our Detox unit, our medical staff will greet and assess you to determine the course of treatment that best matches your needs. Your initial evaluation will include:

(1) a urinalysis to detect the presence and concentration of substances,

(2) an assessment of your medical history to determine your individualized needs, and

(3) an assessment to determine your treatment needs following your stay in our medical detox unit.


During the detoxification process, medications are used to minimize symptoms associated with withdrawal.  The medications and protocols used vary depending on the substance(s) you used, medical history, and other criteria – resulting in a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs.  During your stay at Farnum, staff will encourage you to participate in group discussions to promote health realization.

Preparing for Your Next Steps

Detoxification is just one step on the road to recovery.  During your stay in Detox, you will meet with members of our team who will assist you in exploring possibilities for care after medical detoxification.  You are encouraged to consider the next steps that will support your recovery process. After-care options may include a 28-day stay in a Farnum Residential Program, either in Manchester or Franklin, NH, or outpatient programming in our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP).  Your individual lifestyle, psycho-social support systems and other concerns are considered in order to develop the best, safest plan for care coordination following your detoxification process.

Call us at 603.622.3020 or 1.888.840.4243 or email us to speak to our admissions team or view our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.