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What Is Partial Hospitalization?

The decision to get help for a substance abuse problem can save your life.

what is partial hospitalization - woman at reception counterOftentimes, this decision is put off for too long due to responsibilities one has at home. Most people think of residential programs when they picture drug treatment centers, and most drug treatment centers offer just that–inpatient rehab for a period of thirty to ninety days. This is an excellent choice for many people, as it gives them the time to detox and learn new coping skills for their life.

However, some people are simply unable to take such a long time away from home and work. In that case, partial hospitalization may be an option. These programs are designed for people who have a substance abuse problem that is less severe. An honest assessment of yourself and from a professional will give you the answer as to the level of treatment you need.

Partial hospitalization is a comprehensive, short-term, intensive clinical treatment program.

Individuals participate in structured programs throughout the day for either three or five days a week, usually not more than twenty hours per week, and return home at night. Partial hospitalization provides individuals with all of the amenities of residential treatment, such as group therapy, art therapy, meetings, one-on-one counseling, medically assisted detox, social workers to assist in other areas of your life, relapse prevention programs, family meetings, and more. While partial hospitalization can be the main method of treatment, it can also follow an intensive inpatient rehabilitation program to help clients adjust slowly to their return home. For some individuals, a partial hospitalization program may be the right choice for recovery.

Some things positive aspects of partial hospitalization:

  • Can help with the detoxification of the body – Partial hospitalization typically includes a detox period, just as residential treatment would, yet allows the individual to return home at night.
  • Intensive Program – By joining a partial hospitalization program, you gain the benefits of working with professionals who will support and guide your recovery process.
  • Flexible Schedule – The flexible schedule of partial hospitalization allows you to return home in the evenings.
  • Cost – The cost of partial hospitalization is significantly lower that that of full residential treatment.
  • Less disruption of your daily routines – Because those who choose partial hospitalization go home in the evenings, there is less disruption to daily life. This may be particularly important if you are caring for young children.

To find out if partial hospitalization is the correct choice for you, contact an intake representative now at (888) 989-9690.



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