ABOUT THE EMERSON HOUSE
Located in a Victorian mansion off the harbor in the historic town of West Falmouth, Emerson House offers residential treatment to women struggling with substance use disorder, including women who are pregnant, have dependent children, and/or struggle with co-occurring disorders. The Emerson House is one of 49 substance abuse treatment facilities in Massachusetts (about 35 percent of all facilities in the state) to offer specialized programming for pregnant and postpartum women.
Emerson House is part of Gosnold Inc., a Massachusetts-based network of drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers that has provided addiction and mental health programs and services since 1972. Gosnold offers a similar residential program for men, which is located a few miles away.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Evidence-based treatment at Emerson House blends individual and group counseling, art therapy, equine therapy, fitness and meditation, special issues groups, and other offerings. The aim is to reintegrate clients into their families, social environments, and workplaces.
According to the facility’s website, treatment emphasizes the creation of a “healthy beginning” and includes prenatal, delivery, and well-baby medical care, as well as access to early intervention, education, and parenting support. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is also utilized.
The length of treatment at Emerson House varies depending on each client’s circumstances. However, most women stay six to 10 weeks, and pregnant and postpartum women may stay six months to one year.
As a whole, Gosnold offers fully encompassing treatment from inpatient to detox, partial hospitalization, and outpatient services at its network of facilities. Aftercare options include outpatient programs, sober living, and recovery support activities.
Emerson House staff includes physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, and addiction/mental health counselors. The one alum surveyed by Rehabs.com about the facility's staff, an 18-to-25-year-old female who found the facility through a medical referral, gave it five out of five stars for its staff's level of training and experience.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The Victorian mansion serves as the main facility. A stately white building houses the central program and accommodations. Pregnant women and women with babies stay in a separate adjacent residence.
There is no Internet access, and laptops and iPads are prohibited. Cellphones are permitted to be used daily during a specific timeframe at the discretion of the facility. Clients receive three meals a day, and have the opportunity to work out at a local gym. Yoga classes and beach outings are also offered. Coin-operated laundry machines are available on-site.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the four former clients surveyed by Rehabs.com to date, three gave Emerson House positive feedback. They described it as an effective, gender-specific treatment program with caring staff. "I would recommend this house to any woman willing and motivated to stay sober and do the work related to that," wrote A.E.O.C. in a representative review.
The one negative reviewer noted that, while she enjoyed her time at one of Godnold's sister coed facilities, she did not have a good experience at the Emerson House. "Gosnold on Catumet did wonders for me, then they sent me to this place which just broke me down. My parents regret spending the thousands they did just to have them basically lock me up everyday," E wrote.
Emerson House received positive reviews on Google, where it earned an average rating of 4.5 out of five stars based on eight reviews. Heather, the one alum who left commentary, wrote: "I am forever grateful for that house the staff saved my life! Now im in sober living.they have taught me how to live as a women honor and dignity.iam blessed."
On Yelp, the Emerson House received one negative review from former client K.M., who claimed that the facility was unhelpful and too focused on money.
The Emerson House accepts most major insurance providers, and offers a feature on its website where you can ask a staff member to verify your insurance. Clients are encouraged to contact Gosnold Inc. regarding financial assistance and further questions. One Rehabs.com survey response from a former resident reveals she was offered financial support by the facility.
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