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Partial Hospitalization

A successful addiction treatment program and recovery is more than likely highly personalized in nature. No single treatment will benefit everyone who is struggling with drug or alcohol abuse. One option that has known to be beneficial for those struggling with addiction is partial hospitalization. Partial hospitalization is designed to suit patients who continue to require medical observation, but are classified as stable. This program is useful for those transitioning towards independent living, but still need therapeutic treatment on a regular basis. Partial hospitalization allows for autonomy, as well as support. Depending on the severity of the addiction, this program may be an alternative to inpatient or residential rehabilitation, whereas others engage in partial hospitalization after inpatient medical detox and treatment. An ideal candidate is not deemed as a risk to themselves, they have a strong support group at home, yet they will benefit from full participation in group meetings. Regardless, patients will be assessed individually and it will be determined in what way they will benefit most from this form of treatment.


What to Expect

In most cases, addicts take part in partial hospitalization after completing an inpatient treatment program, where they reside at a treatment center for a minimum of 30 days. On average, meetings can last up to six hours a day and occur between three and five days a week. During this time period, the partial hospitalization patient will reside at their own home. Yet, just as in inpatient treatment, these meetings will be facilitated by a skilled counselor or addiction therapist. In addition to this, doctors and nurses will provide regular medical examinations; this allows for both the progress of your mental and physical health to be consistently monitored.

After individual and group counseling sessions, as well as medical monitoring, many partial hospitalization programs allow for participants to engage in structured recreational activities. This allows participants to build lasting bonds with their peers, giving them further motivation to stay sober once their time in the program has come to an end. Some patients may also choose to involve their families at this stage of their recovery. With the addict’s consent, family programs can help educate loved ones and restore relationships that may have been badly damaged in the grip of addiction.


Why Choose Partial Hospitalization

In addition to the valuable skills learned and the ability participants have to effectively integrate themselves back into normal society, partial hospitalization programs offer a highly supportive environment. This program helps addicts help themselves and motivates them to constantly improve upon valuable skills, such as independence and self-care.

In most cases, addicts respond particularly well to this form of treatment. The dramatic improvement in self-confidence and coping techniques acquired ensures long-term sobriety for dedicated patients. The idea of leaving the center and continuing to live a sober, productive life builds excitement and a strong desire to succeed.

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for life outside of treatment to lead to relapse. Partial hospitalization provides a safety net that greatly reduces this rate of relapse. There are many factors that can lead to a setback, such as stress, environment, old acquaintances, or traumatic experiences. Every addict should leave treatment prepared in the best way possible to face these potential triggers. Partial hospitalization prepares addicts to stay strong in the face of these triggers and maintain a network of support to assist in maintaining abstinence.


Program Goals

  • Assist in maintaining long-term sobriety
  • Help those with co-occurring mental disorders
  • Offer a supportive environment that encourages recovery

Addiction is a complex and chronic disease that should never be fought alone. Explore the options for partial hospitalization programs and it could mean the difference between a lifetime of sobriety and a long-term struggle.