Outpatient Day Treatment or Partial Hospitalization

Outpatient day treatment or partial hospitalization is sometimes recommended for some substance use disorders, either as a standalone form of addiction treatment or as a step down from another type of treatment program.

About Outpatient Day Treatment or Partial Hospitalization

An outpatient day treatment or partial hospitalization program is one in which you will move into an addiction or mental health treatment center for a few hours every day to get help with these conditions.

These programs used to be used for the treatment of mental health disorders. Today, however, some treatment facilities offer it for clients struggling with substance use disorders, or addiction. Further, many of these programs are focused on providing dual diagnosis treatment for clients struggling with both addiction and mental illnesses.

Typically, you will be asked to go into such a program after you have successfully completed a detoxification program or an inpatient or residential addiction treatment program.

Outpatient Day Treatment or Partial Hospitalization Services

Like intensive outpatient programs, outpatient day treatment or partial hospitalization programs will require that you are present almost on a daily basis. However, partial hospitalization programs will also require that you spend more time at the recovery center. Additionally, these programs will involve more supervision - including but not limited to the management and monitoring of your medical intake and psychiatric symptoms.

These programs might also provide individual therapy and group counseling sessions. Through these sessions, you will learn more about your substance abuse and addiction patterns and risk factors.

Further, the program will teach you how to cope with any stressful factors and triggers without resorting to substance abuse as a way to self-medicate. These programs are also known as day treatment programs because they take place during the day although you will be allowed to go back home at night.

How It Works

One of the reasons why an outpatient day treatment or partial hospitalization program might be beneficial is because it will offer you more freedom and flexibility in comparison to an inpatient addiction treatment program. This is because you will still be able to continue living at home.

However, these programs will also provide intense treatment and recovery options as well as more structure than you would expect from a regular outpatient treatment program. Some of them are offered through clinics and hospitals.

Although you will not be under round the clock - or constant - supervision in such a program, you still need to show that you are dedicated to your ongoing treatment and rehabilitation. You should also continue sticking to the treatment plan that was created for you.

In terms of duration, outpatient day treatment or partial hospitalization programs will take about 8 hours per day. You may also be required to attend these treatment sessions for 5 to 6 days every week. As such, they can be quite intensive even though you will still be able to go back home in the evenings.

Who Needs Outpatient Day Treatment or Partial Hospitalization?

This form of treatment might be ideal if you are struggling with different aspects of substance abuse and other disorders, or if you have already been through detox and/or inpatient addiction treatment but still need more help to ensure that you do not relapse during the early stages of your recovery.

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