Farnum Center Philosophy
Located about 50 miles north of Boston in New Hampshire’s Downtown Manchester area, Farnum Center offers an array of drug and alcohol treatment services including outpatient, intensive outpatient, and medical detoxification (including Suboxone treatment). The facility’s goal is to give clients the tools they’ll need for a sustainable recovery through lectures, meetings, group discussions, uplifting seminars, and specialized presentations. Farnum Center also relies heavily on experiential therapies like exercise, music, and meditation.
Areas of Specialization
Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.
Meet the Staff
Senior Vice President
Dr. Cheryl Wilkie, Psy.D., MLADC has been providing substance abuse services for men and women struggling with the disease of addiction for more than twenty-one years. Her educational background includes a Master’s in Psychology and a Doctorate in Forensic Psychology. She holds a Master’s level license as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor. Cheryl oversees Webster Place and Farnum Center. She has extensive background in this field which includes working with various populations including adult offenders in correctional facilities, pregnant and postpartum women, men and women with co-occurring disorders, and sexual and domestic abuse victims.
Roland Lavallee MD has been providing medical care for over 30 years. His training includes the addiction treatment unit at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, NJ and his background includes Public Health Service, Family Practice, Pain Management and Medical Director for Methadone Maintenance Clinics. He has long been concerned about the myths associated with the addictive diseases and their treatment and the significant ongoing reduction in healthcare resources allotted to this. He began providing medical coverage for the Farnum Center in August 2012 and in February 2013 he welcomed the opportunity to become Medical Director of Farnum Center and Webster Place. “The longest road to recovery is the one that is never started."
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ABOUT FARNUM CENTER
Located in Manchester, N.H., 50 miles north of Boston, Easter’s Seals’ Farnum Center provides gender-specific, residential treatment for adults struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders. Utilizing its signature Health Realization treatment model, the facility offers a range of recovery services, from inpatient care to transitional living. In addition, the Farnum Center operates the only stand-alone medical detoxification facility in the state.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Upon admission, clients undergo an initial assessment to determine an appropriate level of care. Requiring a commitment of up to 30 days, the gender-specific residential program utilizes the facility’s Health Realization approach, which is designed to help clients discover personal strengths and coping skills to overcome personal challenges.
During residential treatment, clients adhere to a structured schedule of educational lectures, seminars, and presentations. Clients also participate in gender-specific group counseling sessions, which may address issues common among men and women struggling with chemical dependency. Clients also attend on-site 12-step meetings. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT), namely Suboxone, may be utilized to alleviate the discomfort of opioid withdrawal. According to a 2016 SAMHSA Survey, the facility was among 48 percent of the state's facilities to utilize Suboxone.
In addition to core programming, Farnum Center incorporates a range of recreational and alternative therapies into programming. During residential treatment, clients can exercise and practice yoga, as well as participate in music therapy, acupuncture, and guided meditation. The center also regularly facilitates group outings, which may include trips to the museum, sports events, and recovery events.
Once a resident completes the residential program, clinicians may encourage clients to “step-down” to less intensive levels of care. Featuring similar programming as residential treatment, the PHP track runs five days a week for four hours each day and includes family education and counseling.
The center also offers two levels of outpatient treatment. Intensive outpatient program (IOP) last for one month and involves nine hours of weekly programming (three sessions). IOP primarily consists of individual counseling, case management, and group therapy sessions. Traditional outpatient programs focus on achieving specific goals, such as such as license restoration or court-ordered evaluations.
Each week, the center invites families to participate in educational programs to involve loved ones in the process of recovery. An aftercare program is also available to all program alumni. In addition, clients recovering from opioid dependency may be able to continue MAT through the facility’s Suboxone clinic.
Led by a medical doctor with more than 30 years of medical experience, the staff consists of nurses and licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselors.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Set on three acres, the Farnum Center is comprised of a 24-hour detoxification facility and an inpatient center. The center features an on-site swimming pool, a fitness room, basketball and volleyball courts.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Among the dozens of alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, a majority approved of the facility, and many credited the facility with saving their lives. A representative segment of eight to nine alumni offered more granular opinions of the facility, generally praising the facility's cleanliness, the level of family participation, and the staff's level of experience and training.
Family Participation: 4.6/5
Facility's Cleanliness and Upkeep: 4.4/5
Staff's Level of Experience and Training: 4/5
However, these alumni were less enthusiastic regarding the facility's counseling options.
Counseling options: 2.9/5
Many alumni also cited the facility’s Health Realization approach as a major strength. “I have found great value in learning the three principles,” alum J.G. wrote. Despite mostly positive feedback, some alumni felt the price of the facility did not reflect the quality of treatment they received.
In addition, 38 reviewers on the facility's Facebook page (which may be curated) rated the facility an average 4.8 out of five stars. On Google, 56 reviewers rated it an average 3.5 out of five stars. Feedback mostly echoed that of Rehabs.com reviewers.
However, on CiteHealth, 26 reviewers rated the facility only 2.4 out of five stars. The facility received mixed feedback on he quality of care and accommodations. One anonymous alum wrote: "The staff is extremely rude and do nothing to help patients with recovery."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The two loved ones polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided less enthusiastic opinions of the facility than alumni. Although loved one M.M. gave a five-star rating for the treatment staff’s level of experience and training, they gave one-star ratings for the facility’s ability to treat co-occurring mental health disorders, the level of family participation, and the facility’s affordability.
While parent G.S. felt the detoxification process was beneficial, the parent reported issues with administration and paperwork. “My son attended the detox program and did well,” G.S. wrote, but felt disappointed regarding the facility’s discharge planning.
WHAT STAFF SAY
The sole employee polled by Rehabs.com to date had mixed opinions concerning the facility. The employee gave a moderately critical rating of three stars for the facility’s quality of care. “I enjoyed working with the clients, some of my co-workers,” the employee wrote, but added: “The working environment was toxic without healthy leadership.”
On Indeed, three employees rated the facility one, four, and five stars. One complained of poor treatment given by staff, but the other two praised its atmosphere.
Farnum Center accepts most private insurance plans. The facility’s website states: “The cost to you, if any, will not exceed $240 to $600 per day, depending upon your insurance and the program.” Limited scholarships are available. The individuals polled on the matter offered moderate opinions concerning the facility's cost.
Published on May 2018
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