Farnum Center

Farnum Center Manchester New Hampshire

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.

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.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

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 Best-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.[1] On Google, 56 reviewers rated it an average 3.5 out of five stars.[2] Feedback mostly echoed that of Best-rehabs.com reviewers.

However, on CiteHealth, 26 reviewers rated the facility only 2.4 out of five stars.[3] 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 Best-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 Best-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.[4] One complained of poor treatment given by staff, but the other two praised its atmosphere.

FINANCING

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.

Affordability: 3.3/5

[1] https://www.facebook.com/pg/ESTreatment/reviews/?ref=page_internal
[2] GoogleReviews
[3] http://citehealth.com/rehab-centers/new-hampshire/cities/manchester/farnum-center
[4] https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Farnum-Center/reviews

Reviews about Farnum Center

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  • It is a great program! I had a great experience and learned a lot about myself. All the staff were very helpful!
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  • If this is your first time in treatment or your 10th this would be your best shot!
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  • For people that have been in programs this is the best one yet. The 3p's are way better. Would you rather do 12 steps or 3. Staff are awesome!
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  • The program itself not only gave me the ability to forgive myself but gave me the ability to realize that I was never broken to begin with. Therefore I can continue on a path without anything holding me back. The sky's the limit!
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  • I have been to multiple other treatment facilities but none like this. The Farnum center helps you change your way of thinking about the world and not just focusing on your drug use. The councilors and staff here are phenomenal and very caring the food was great and I highly recommend coming if you want to make a change in your life.
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  • After coming to this program and learning about the three principles I wouldn't want to try any other program. This was a life changing for me and would highly recommend it to others in need of help!
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    Learning to stay in the present and not projecting the future or living in future.
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  • Farnum center is cool, the staff are awesome and the food is good.
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  • I think the Curriculum is good and solely 3P based. There are 12 steps incorporated but Farnum does not make us write our wrongs. The staff do the best they can with what they have. Its up to you weather you have the patience or not- being short staffed.
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  • This is my fourth rehab and by far the very best I have ever experienced. Every staff member in the building are so friendly and you can tell they are here to help, even the Janitors. While it is hard to find something that can be done better the water pressure could be improved. LOL
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  • I love the staff here and how big their hearts are. The staff are fantastic people! Because there is so many people here I think a lot of things go under the radar. My experience this time was a bit different. People should play closer attention and may snap and hurt someone.
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  • The staff are simply amazing here! I would like to see graduation with a male and female thing and not just broken up. We always get the guys outlook. This program has been life changing. It has got me to realize I am not broken, and I don't need to fixed.
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  • All staff are very helpful and conscious of individual needs. I think that they should allow MP players not that it needs internet. They should have an ATM here in the lobby. Also it would help everyone else out as they could wire money. It would simply stuff. AA big book based as it teaches them about AA and war stories,
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  • Overall the staff are not just a bunch of jerks with pieces of paper. They understand and have experienced it before to know what we are going through. What you could change here is getting out of the facility a lot more.
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    The staff are understanding and helpful. They accommodate to the best of the ability with keeping peers safe and comfortable. There is a positive energy. If there is a negative person that person is uplifted. Another phone would be helpful on the weekends would be good. Doing a community group or going out would be helpful. Whether it be the library or a local school, to get out would make it a better program. Getting out of the building. The mind is not tested if we are here. Being out once a week or so would be helpful.
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  • The positive part is the whole community is fantastic. Groups are the way to go !! The staff are amazing! The 3p's are awesome!!! I am not a fan of AA. I would not change anything here. Farnum has great people who care.
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  • Like how the staff have been in addiction and can relate. Some staff treat clients differently than other
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  • positive- saving life's and making a difference in a lot of families. A little less TV time and more hands on activities. on the weekends.
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  • client loved that she was able to find peace with herself. Her intake wisdom was awakened. The three principles can be repetitive..add a variety.
    enjoyed the concept of the three principles, would like more interaction with other units in the facility.
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  • Staff was very helpful! It was a good experience. There was nothing bad about the program. I hope I don't have to come back but I would choose to come here.
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  • I had a really good experience at Farnum. The staff was very helpful and caring in more ways than most facilities are. The fact that the focus was on positivity rather than focusing on the negative is a great concept. Overall Farnum is a one of a kind operation that offers a great approach to dealing with addiction and recovery.
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  • Staff really care about clients! Some Staff have expectations on clients that they don't do them selves at the same time.
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  • I would not change anything! From Day 1 when the 3p's were described a light went off in my head. I have not had one thought of using since in residential. Great place! Staff are amazing!!! I feel safe and comfortable
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  • its not always fun being in this situation. This place has been better than any other place.
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  • Ive learned to leave the past in the past. I learned to live in the present. I would not change anything.
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  • Excited to learn 3 principles! Would recommend more field trips
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  • The whole 3p concept is mind blowing. It is a totally different approach than the traditional one. It should be expanded and taught in more places. This is the only thing I would change. Farnum should reach out to more places to make them aware of this. The Farnum staff are amazing. Off the Charts awesome!! They care about the clients and go out of their way to help people. Aftercare is on top of their stuff!! As this is the most important part. Farnum is not lacking in this department. !
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  • Staff are very supportive! No matter what your life circumstances are. Especially in regards to aftercare. Nicole works with you right away!! I like the 3p's. During meal times there should be more vegetables.
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  • I enjoyed the 3 p's. I like the alumni meetings and I love the staff! Better communication between the staff needs to be fixed overall. The meals are okay just all carbs. Come in with an open mind!!! Gain yourself a support system.
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  • Meals are okay- its food. I am not a carb eater. I would change the groups- they are repetitive to me. I feel I tell the story every time. I am about to experience a lot of changes in life.
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  • I enjoy the 3 principals. The way the mind works and the though process. I wish there was more to do on the weekends.
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  • The schedule is always changing. You never know what's happening. I never knew where I was supposed to do. I did enjoy the groups and the staff!
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  • I loved my stay at farnum and I will come back here if I had to but I wont need to. Everyone is great the staff and clients!
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  • It has taken me some time but now I am starting to understand the vocabulary. If I could give you ANY advice go to residential.
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  • farnum is amazing!!
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  • My time here at the Farnum Center in Manchester,NH was an amazing experience. I have been to two other treatment centers before here and wish now that I could go back and have came here to begin with all the staff and therapists are top notch and show you a knew way to live, I can't wait to live this new life of mine!
    I went for an initial interview and was told I would have a bed in two to three weeks that was July 17. I called every week for 3 weeks and was told not to call anymore they would call me. It is now August 23rd and I have heard nothing from anyone from there. A yes or no would have been nice so I could search other obstacles. Basically I have come to the conclusion the center is a money making center and does not care about helping people. Shame shame on this agency
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  • i would recommend the Farnum Center to anyone who is struggling with addiction. the staff are wonderful and i was able to gain knowledge here each day
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  • 3 principles is the way. A method I could have used years ago that could have saved me a lot of pain
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  • Come into Farnum with an open mind. Don't take everything personally. We are all here for the same reason or else you wouldn't be here. Its only 28 days, if you let things in here get to you what will you do when you get into the world.
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  • I would say there is a very friendly staff community, you learn a whole new outlook on life, for the most part the stay has been amazing minus trying to get in touch with my Counselor.
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  • For the most part the Farnum Center has been great. A decent stay!
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  • The Farnum Center is a great place. A lot of my friends should come here.
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  • The Farnum Center is a gift of the present and future.
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  • Very flexible! You will have your good days and bad days its how you see it. One bad day only because I was sick. Its your perception. Great place!
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