Gouverneur Hospital, in Northern New York, offers medically-managed detoxification services (previously offered at Canton-Potsdam Hospital) designed to assist in the safe withdrawal from alcohol and drug use. Throughout the detox process, staff works closely with you to ensure you are safely and effectively treated to relieve the symptoms of withdrawal and promote success.
As part of the detox program, we offer individual and group counseling, as well as education to help you better understand addiction and create a plan for your discharge and continued rehabilitation.
The drug and alcohol detox treatment team includes a physician, nurses, counselors, and nursing aides. The team's goal is to support patients through the initial step toward recovery.
Admission to Detoxification Services:
If you are interested in detox services at Gouverneur Hospital, call (315) 261-5969 and complete a screening. In the event that we are unable to immediately schedule your admission, you may be placed on a waiting list. Individuals on the list will be asked to call Detoxification Services at least once per day after completing the screening to work with staff to establish an admission date and time. On the day of admission, you will check in at Patient Registration and meet with a detox staff member to be assessed for meeting criteria for treatment. This process takes about one hour to complete.
Patients are admitted 24/7. You will need valid and current insurance coverage, and all corresponding insurance cards, plus any/all medications currently being taken. Arrangements can be made if you are self-paying.
Detox is provided in a way that promotes privacy and confidentiality for you and all patients. There is a lounge for activities, self-help meetings, and group counseling. Other areas of the facility include the nurse’s station, counseling rooms, and patient rooms. Detox patients should expect to have a roommate and are encouraged to please remember to be respectful of their needs.
Upon admission, patients will receive a handbook that includes more details on each of the topics below.
We are unable to admit patients who are suffering withdrawal from crack/cocaine or marijuana.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING THE FIRST 24 HOURS OF TREATMENT?
- You will be expected to comply with a person and belonging search, and give a urine sample upon admission.
- Female patients will need to take a pregnancy test.
- If you are here for alcohol withdrawal, your vital signs (pulse, blood pressure, temperature) are taken every two hours during the first eight hours.
- You will be given a tour of the unit.
- The physician will see you in the first 12 hours.
- For fasting blood test(s) in the morning, you will be permitted only water after midnight. Laboratory professionals visit the unit to draw blood at 7:00 a.m.
- If your condition allows, you will be encouraged to attend Alcoholics' Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous (AA/NA) meetings when offered throughout the week in the lounge.
- A professional counselor will see you to conduct an initial interview with you.
WHAT CAN I BRING WITH ME FOR DETOX TREATMENT?
You should bring clothes that are appropriate, comfortable, and presentable. All pieces of clothing, etc. will be searched thoroughly to ensure a safe environment is maintained at the facility. You should plan on bringing just enough for a three- to five-day stay. Pillows, quilts, blankets, etc. from home are not permitted.
All valuables will be checked with the nursing staff at the time of admission. Gouverneur Hospital is not responsible for any item(s) you choose to keep with you.
SHOULD I BRING MY PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS WITH ME?
Any medications brought with you upon admission, whether prescribed or not, must be given to the nurse upon admission and will be locked in a secure location. You will receive any prescribed medications from the nurse as ordered by the physician.
HOW LONG SHOULD I EXPECT TO STAY IN INPATIENT DETOX?
The average length of stay for detox treatment is three to five days. Before being discharged by the physician supervising patient care, a counselor will explain any final aftercare plans. The counseling staff will work with you to prepare for additional inpatient and/or outpatient plans upon discharge from detox services.
WILL MY HOSPITAL DETOX STAY REMAIN PRIVATE?
Privacy is of the utmost importance. You and the other patients are encouraged to respect your own privacy and that of others in the service. You should not share or discuss other patients' names, personal information, or medical information. All staff are required to abide by ethical standards.