Inpatient Detoxification at Gosnold Treatment Center

Medical Detoxification and Stabilization (4–8 days)

Gosnold Treatment Center, located in Falmouth, MA, is a 50-bed medical stabilization and detoxification unit where patients receive medically monitored withdrawal treatment.  Gosnold uses a variety of medications to treat withdrawal to minimize discomfort and avert complications.  Care is managed by our clinical team of physicians, nurses, counselors, case managers and recovery aides—all trained and practiced in addiction treatment. 

During detoxification, patients undergo a psychosocial assessment to identify treatment needs.  Individual and group counseling, addiction education, and an introduction to twelve-step programs help patients better understand the nature and severity of their addiction. 

Continuing Care:  A continuing care plan helps patients continue the progress made during their detoxification treatment.  Patients who continue in treatment do much better in sustaining their recovery.  Gosnold’s ongoing multidisciplinary team reviews each patients’ specific needs to determine the best recovery support post-discharge. 

To see a comprehensive list of the clinical services offered at Gosnold Treatment Center click here. 

What to Expect During Your Stay:

What is detoxification?

Detoxification is a natural process that the body undertakes to rid itself of toxic substances such as alcohol, opiates, and other drugs.  The organ primarily responsible for this action is the liver, and depending on the drug and the level of individual consumption, it can take anywhere from 48 to 96 hours for the liver to rid the body of the toxin.  The detoxification can take longer if your liver is diseased or damaged.  Patients who have other physical maladies may also experience longer detoxification times. 

What is withdrawal?

Persons who become dependent on alcohol or other drugs will experience a variety of symptoms when they abruptly stop using the substances.  This experience is referred to as withdrawal, and its severity depends on a variety of factors including the type of drug being used, consumption levels, general physical condition, and length of time using the drug.  Symptoms of withdrawal vary with the type of drug.   Alcohol and benzodiazepine withdrawal are the most serious and can be life-threatening.  Symptoms include tachycardia, tremors, nausea, anxiety, and—in more severe cases—seizures and delirium tremens.  Opiate withdrawal symptoms include nausea, sweating, bone pain, and symptoms reminiscent of a bad case of the flu.  While these are uncomfortable, they are not life threatening. 

How does Gosnold treat withdrawal?

Our medical staff of physicians and nurses are trained to identify and treat withdrawal proactively to ensure minimum discomfort.  We use medications that lessen symptoms and make it less likely that you will experience complications requiring more intensive hospital care.  We use these medications until you no longer experience the withdrawal symptoms.  Generally, this will range from three to seven days. 

What I do while in detoxification?

During the detoxification treatment, you are encouraged to participate in group education and therapy groups.  Patients who are physically able could attend as many as five group sessions a day.  You will also meet with counselors or case managers to discuss continuing care options.  Because the detoxification treatment is of short duration, our staff will initiate this discussion as soon as possible. 

How effective is the detoxification process?

The medical treatment during detoxification is highly effective.  At Gosnold, less than one-half of one percent of patients experience withdrawal complications that require transfer to a general hospital.  Medical detoxification treatment alone is insufficient to produce lasting remission.  A critical component of the care is your agreement to engage in further treatment.  Addiction is a chronic condition and extended periods of remission require varied treatment over a long period of time.  This could mean longer periods of inpatient rehabilitation care; it almost always involves outpatient treatment, twelve-step groups, or other self-help. 

Should I bring my medications from home?

You should bring all prescribed medication that you have been taking.  All medications need to be in the original bottle with the original label that includes doctor’s name, name of medication, dosage schedule, route, and correct amount.  Our physician will review the medication and make adjustments as necessary.  Do not bring any supplements or over-the-counter medication, as they will be disposed upon arrival.  Our physicians will not prescribe new medications or re-initiate medications that are not current. 

What Should I Bring With Me?

Click here for a full printable list of items that you can bring. 

• Identification and insurance cards
• Cash, not in excess of $100.  00
• If you smoke, bring enough cigarettes to last you your stay. 
• One suitcase with enough appropriate clothing to last your stay.   Clothing should be comfortable, casual and
washable.   We have laundry facilities if your treatment stay is longer. 
• Prescribed medications in the original container from the pharmacy
• Phone cards
• Toiletries (must be in the original packaging)
• Cellphones and other electronic devices are permitted at the discretion of the facility. 

• No personal snacks, drinks or candy. 
• Non-prescription medication (Tylenol, Advil). 
• Vitamins, herbal medicine or protein powders. 
• Products containing alcohol (mouthwash, perfume, perfumed lotions). 
• Smokeless (chewing) tobacco. 
• Toothpaste, body wash, deodorant, soap, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream- this all will be provided in the
toiletry kit received upon admission. 
• Clothing that depicts drugs, alcohol, sex or violence. 
• Weapons of any kind (including pocket knives).